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The Man Who Couldn't Live Without Books by Douglas Wilson, (April 2002), E332.2 .A5 2002A

Identifier: id4038

Scope and Contents

An account of Jefferson’s activities in book collecting, reading and cataloging his various libraries. The 1815 sale of his library to the Library of Congress allowed Congress to replace the congressional library that had been burned by British troops in 1814. Congress voted by a slim margin to acquire the books, and the country benefited tremendously by the establishment of this extensive national repository for a small financial cost. Although the fire in1851 destroyed many of Jefferson’s books in the Library of Congress, approximately 1/3 of his original volumes are still located there.


  • E332.2 .A5 2002A


From the Collection: 74 Items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Archives Repository

Jefferson Library, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
P. O. Box 316
Charlottesville VA 22902