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Bear, James A., Jr., 1919-2013


Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

A Desk "sufficient for any writing..." by James A. Bear, (April 1976), E332.2 .A5 1976A

Identifier: id3541
Scope and Contents

The simple desk on which the Declaration of Independence was written, designed by Jefferson and made in 1776 by Benjamin Randolph, was given to Ellen Wayles Randolph and her husband Joseph Coolidge, Jr. after the writing desk John Hemings made for the couple as a wedding gift was lost at sea. The Benjamin Randolph desk is now on display at the National Museum of American History accompanied by Jefferson’s letter verifying its authenticity and presenting it to Coolidge.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1976A

"Edgehill" Portrait of Thomas Jefferson 1805-1982: Jefferson's Image in the Private Eye by Lucia Stanton Goodwin & James A. Bear, (September 1982), E332.2 .A5 1982S

Identifier: id3550
Scope and Contents

At the commemoration of the acquisition of the "Edgehill" Portrait by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Goodwin and Bear briefly discussed the various likenesses done of Jefferson and the reactions they inspired in his lifetime. The "Edgehill" portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Gilbert Stuart "provided the image which became the most popular and enduring icon of Jefferson."

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1982S

Jefferson's Canons of Conduct by James A. Bear, (April 1964), E332.2 .A5 1964Ab

Identifier: id3235
Scope and Contents

A brief description of Jefferson’s habit of advising the young, particularly those in his family, with small wisdoms and guidelines, as well as a list, "a dozen Canons of conduct in Life," which he sent to Cornelia Jefferson Randolph.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1964Ab

Jefferson's Marches by James A. Bear, (April 1967), E332.2 .A5 1967A

Identifier: id3238
Scope and Contents

Several anonymous pieces were composed in honor of Jefferson to commemorate such events as his inauguration, and the song "Jefferson and Liberty" was "virtually the song of the Democratic Party" up until the Civil War.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1967A

Mr. Jefferson Called by James A. Bear, (April 1969), E332.2 .A5 1969A

Identifier: id3240
Scope and Contents

A brief outline of the history of the use of calling cards precedes a description of Jefferson’s various calling and invitation cards, as well as his use of them.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1969A

Reforming the Taste of the Country, (November 1984), E332.2 .A5 1984N

Identifier: id3556
Scope and Contents

A chronological discussion, including personal and commercial correspondence, of Jefferson’s "drinking habits, his tasting vocabulary, and his efforts to convert his fellow Americans" to the less alcoholic wines primarily of France and Italy.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1984N

Some of Thomas Jefferson Randolph's Recollections of his Grandfather by James A. Bear, (April 1965), E332.2 .A5 1965A

Identifier: id3236
Scope and Contents

Thomas Jefferson Randolph recalls his grandfather’s attachment to Martha Jefferson Randolph, his dining and entertaining habits and lack of etiquette, his debts, and various other small interactions between grandfather and grandson.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1965A

The Confederate Period by James A. Bear, (April 1970), E332.2 .A5 1970A

Identifier: id3535
Scope and Contents

Uriah Levy died in 1862, at which point Monticello had fallen into disrepair and the Civil War was already underway. The house was seized by the Virginia secessionist government under the Sequestration Act, despite the efforts of George Carr to save the property. Edward C. Mead and Jefferson M. Levy left brief, unverifiable accounts of Confederate Government confiscation of and possible damage to the property.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1970A

The Jefferson Lottery by James A. Bear, (April 1968), E332.2 .A5 1968A

Identifier: id3239
Scope and Contents

The Jefferson Lottery was a scheme devised by Jefferson and Thomas Jefferson Randolph, who was unable to stabilize Jefferson’s finances, to alleviate the debt Jefferson had accrued (over $100,000). The lottery, obstructed by conflicts in the legislature and the delays caused by Randolph and his brokers, fell by the wayside, and although public subscription by sympathetic citizens raised some money, the Jefferson family was forced to sell his property and slaves after his death.

Dates: E332.2 .A5 1968A

The Roman askos of Nismes by James A. Bear, (April 1974), E332.2 .A5 1974A

Identifier: id3539
Scope and Contents Jefferson had Souche make a wooden copy of the bronze askos from the ruins of the Maison Carrée at Nîsmes as a gift for Charles Louis Clèrisseau, who drafted the plans and arranged for the construction of the model for the new capitol in Richmond without compensation. Jefferson ultimately had Thomas Claxton make a silver askos as well, but gave a silver urn modeled on forms dug from Herculaneum and Pompeii to Clèrisseau, probably because he concluded that the askos seemed originally "to...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1974A

Trial Chronology of the Organization of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation by James A. Bear, (April 1973), E332.2 .A5 1973A

Identifier: id3538
Scope and Contents An outline of the major dates, events, and key players in the creation of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation and the purchase of Monticello from Jefferson Monroe Levy as a "shrine." Stuart G. Gibboney was the first president of the Foundation and led the discussions with John Henry Ranger, financial adviser to Levy, as well as the challenging and often disappointing fundraising efforts. By December 1923 Monticello was open, Thomas Rhodes was the superintendent, Benjamin Carr and Oliver...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1973A