Jefferson papers now online

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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, established at Princeton University, is preparing the authoritative and comprehensive edition of the correspondence and papers of our nation’s third president. Jefferson’s letters are the largest component of the more than 70,000 document copies that have been assembled from over 900 repositories and private collections worldwide. Through the publication of letters and papers received as well as those written by Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson supplants earlier editions of Jefferson’s writings.

The digital edition of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson currently contains volumes 1-33 of the print volumes, which are published by Princeton University Press. New volumes, including the Retirement Series, will continue to be added upon publication.

Smaller collections of digitized images of Jefferson documents, especially those from the Library of Congress, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the University of Virginia, are available on the web sites of those institutions. Researchers will want to rely on the comprehensive chronological, indexed and searchable Princeton University Press print edition and Rotunda digital edition for full transcriptions, explanatory annotation, and contextual information relating to these documents.
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