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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thomas Jefferson's Books Found at Washington University

According to an article written by Sam Roberts and published in yesterday's New York Times, Washington University is now the third largest repository of books belonging to Thomas Jefferson.  The top two repositories are the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia.  Appropriately published on Presidents' Day, the article chronicles the discovery that 74 volumes of the 3,000 volume Coolidge Collection were once part of Jefferson's retirement library. Many of the 1,600 books from that library had been auctioned off to pay taxes and other debts due after Jefferson's death in 1826. 

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