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Papers. Julian P. Boyd editor; Lyman H. Butterfield [and others] associate editors. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950 - <2001>.v. <1-29> : ill., ports., maps, facsims.
LC call number: E302.J442 1950a
LC control number: 50007486

The purpose of this fifth compilation of Jefferson's papers states a deceptively simple task: "this work is to present the writings and recorded actions of Thomas Jefferson as accurately and as completely as possible." In 1943 when the project started at Princeton University the editors projected a minimum of fifty volumes in two series. The first, a chronological series of every available letter written by or to Jefferson, was created to include messages, speeches, travel journals, minutes of proceedings, etc. Series two was to consist of the other writings of Jefferson such as the Notes on the State of Virginia and Manual of Parliamentary Practice arranged in a classified scheme. Jefferson's papers have been presented in numerous formats and arrangements; however, Boyd and Butterfield conjectured that less than one-third of the total had been published. Twenty seven volumes of the chronological series have been completed with a cumulative index and three volumes of the second series are available. Paul Sifton notes in this description of the Jefferson papers deposited at the Library of Congress: "The Boyd volumes will attempt, in printed form, to restore the Jefferson papers to the archival care and historiographical thoroughness which they possessed when Jefferson bequeathed them to his favorite grandson."

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Writings. Thomas Jefferson. New York : Literary Classics of the U.S.: Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by Viking Press, c1984. 1600 p.: map. (The Library of America; 17).
LC call number: E302 .J442 1984
LC control number: 83019917

Contains Jefferson's Autobiography; A summary view of the rights of British America, Notes on the State of Virginia, Addresses, messages, and replies, Miscellany, and selections from the public papers and letters of the third President. "Merrill D. Peterson wrote the notes and selected the texts for this volume." Writings are published in full from editions either supervised by or contemporary to Jefferson.

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The Adams-Jefferson letters : the complete correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams. Edited by Lester J. Cappon. Chapel Hill : Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Virginia by the University of North Carolina Press, 1959, reprint 1988. 688p.
LC call number: E322 .A516 1988
LC control number: 88014258

Recording a relationship of over fifty years the letters between Jefferson and Adams reflect the development of their ideals, and the turmoil and triumphs of diplomatic service and high political office.

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The Republic of Letters: the correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1776-1826. Edited by James Morton Smith. New York: Norton, 1995. 3 v.: ill.
LC call number: E332.88. M33 1995
LC control number: 94022924

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