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Thomas Jefferson Digital Portfolio

Thomas Jefferson's Architectural Drawings

"Architecture first captured Thomas Jefferson's imagination while he was a student in Williamsburg, when he bought his first architectural book from an old cabinetmaker near the William and Mary college gate. 'Architecture is my delight,' he was quoted as saying in later years, 'and putting up, and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements.'

The greatest achievement of Jefferson's architectural career was the University of Virginia. . . The clarity and variety of the parts which relate so well to the entire composition, the brilliance of red brick and white trim, the serenity of the long colonnades climaxed by the majesty of the Rotunda--this is indeed a noble achievement." [Excerpted from Thomas Jefferson's Architectural Drawings by Frederick Doveton Nichols]

View digital images of Jefferson's architectural drawings owned by the University of Virginia, numbered according to Thomas Jefferson's Architectural Drawings by Frederick Doveton Nichols.

Thomas Jefferson Calendar

A Calendar of the Thomas Jefferson Papers at the University of Virginia is available online through the Virginia Heritage Project.

Notes on the State of Virginia

View Jefferson's own copy of Notes on the State of Virginia (A1787 .J45) in which he penned about 500 lines on 50 pages of the printed work, and added 16 pages of original manuscript which have been inserted, besides numerous references and corrections.

Benjamin O. Tyler Declaration of Independence Facsimile Subscription Book

Benjamin Tyler's subscription book (Mss 12143) for the first publication of a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence consists of ten pages containing the names of more than 1000 subscribers including original signer Thomas Jefferson as well as other notables of the new republic including James Madison, John Q. Adams, John Marshall, Richard M. Johnson, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, William Wirt, and William H. Crawford.

At the back of the volume are five pages of subscribers to a print of "Naval Monument Heroes," many of whom also subscribed to the Declaration facsimile. Tyler's prospectuses for the Declaration facsimile and the volume on naval heroes are included inside the front and back covers respectively. Labels pasted on the cover and inside cover identify the volume as "No. 651" exhibited at the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair in aid of the United States Sanitary Commission, 1864.

Muse and Confidant Exhibit

Angelica Schuyler Church maintained a life-long friendship with Jefferson which is delightfully preserved in the letters of the Church Archive. The online exhibit presents a large number of these letters. The guide to the Papers of Angelica Schuyler Church is also available through the Virginia Heritage Project.

About the Digital Portfolio

Rare Materials Digital Services (then Special Collections Digital Center) began scanning the University of Virginia Library's Thomas Jefferson manuscript materials in 2000. A large portion of the project was made possible by the financial support of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Many of the earliest documents and almost all of the documents after Jefferson's retirement from the presidency (1809-1826) have been digitized. RMDS is continually adding images to the digital portfolio.


Images are captured from the original materials using RMDS's flatbed scanners, and in some cases where the items are too large or too delicate for the flatbed scanners, a PhaseOne FX digital scanner is used. They are scanned at 600 dpi, and saved as TIFFs. The TIFFs are then written to recordable CDs or DVD's and batch processed as 300 dpi JPG's for use in the online portfolio.