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Family, Homes and Haunts


Adams, William Howard.
Jefferson's Monticello
. With principal photography by Langdon Clay. New York: Abbeville Press, c1983. x, 276 p. : ill. (some col.).
LC call number: E332.74 .A3 1983
LC control number: 83006330

Traces the history of this "unsurpassed autobiographical legacy" from the earliest drawing of 1767 to the present. Adam's text is extensively complemented by drawings and photographs. The epilogue, documenting the fate of the house, provides a glimpse of opposing decorating styles: classical architecture vs. Victorian furnishings.

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The family letters of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Edwin Morris Betts and James Adam Bear, Jr. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [1966]. 506 p. : ill., geneal. table, maps, ports.
LC call number: E332 .86 1966
LC control number: 66017954

Reprinted in Charlottesville for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation by the University Press of Virginia in 1986. Brings together 570 letters, dated 1783-1826, written between Jefferson, his daughters, and grandchildren. This annotated compilation clarifies the varying personal names and relationships of the three generations of this close-knit family.

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McLaughlin, Jack.
Jefferson and Monticello : the biography of a builder
. New York: H. Holt, c1988. 481 p.
LC call number: E332.2 .M43 1988
LC control number: 87023664

The author believes that "Those who construct their own shelter replicate themselves, at their deepest and most significant level, in their houses."

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Randolph, Sarah N.
The domestic life of Thomas Jefferson, compiled from family letters and reminiscences
. Charlottesville : Published for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation by the University Press of Virginia, 1978.. 452 p. : ill. ; 24 cm..
LC call number: E332.25 .R2 1978
LC control number: 78014312

Reprint of the 1871 ed. published by Harper, New York. Drawing on her childhood at Monticello and her memories of her great-grandfather, the author recalls the private side of a public family. Although the letters are included in the numerous editions of Jefferson's papers, the work's unique quality derives from the anecdotes and personal comments of Jefferson family members.

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Stein, Susan.
The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello
. New York : H. N. Abrams, in association with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation , 1993.472 p.: ill. (some color).
LC call number: E332.2.S84 1993
LC control number: 92027218

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth, Susan Stein, curator at Monticello, organized an exhibit of the personal belongings of the owner. Nearly 300 objects, such as prints and drawings, furniture, decorative items, musical instruments, and personal objects, were assembled and displayed within Monticello as if the Jefferson family was in residence. The provenance of each item is extremely useful in tracing the history of Jefferson's belongings after the 1827 sale. This work, when coupled with the Eye of Thomas Jefferson, interprets Jefferson as both a collector and consumer and draws together the private, public, and political spheres of the 3rd President.

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