Manuscript Collections

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia

A Catalogue of the Library of the University of Virginia, Consisting of 2 Vol. Grand Format, 1825 May 16. RG-12/12/1.161.

Catalog of Books for the University of Virginia Library, 1825 June 3. MSS 38-747.

Correspondence of Francis Walker Gilmer, 1784-1826. MSS 38-588.

Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, 1775-1826. MSS 38-755.

Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, 1817-1826. MSS 2737-a.

Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, 1814-1826. RG-1/3/3.761.

Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, 1825 January 27. MSS 6402.

Gilmer, Francis Walker. List of Books to Be Purchased in London for the University of Virginia, 1824. RG-1/3/4.802.

Library Catalogue, 1857-1905. RG-12/12/1.119.

List of books Borrowed, 1825-1827. RG-12/12/1.113.

University of Virginia. Enactments by the Rector and Visitor of the University of Virginia, for Constituting, Governing & Conducting That Institution: For the Use of the University. Charlottesville: Printed by C.P. M’Kennie, 1827. LD5660.5 1827.

Wertenbaker, William. A Catalogue of the Library of the University of Virginia : arranged alphabetically under different heads, with the number and size of the volumes of each work and its edition specified. Also, a notice of such donations of books as have been made to the university. Charlottesville: Gilmer, Davis, & Company, 1828. Z881 .V82 1828.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, New York

Thomas Jefferson to Cummings, Hillard & Company, 17 January 1825. GLC00782.12

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson, 1762-1767, Legal Common Place Book. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.

Printed Sources and Digital Collections

Cabell, Nathaniel Francis. Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, hitherto unpublished : with an appendix, consisting of Mr. Jefferson's bill for a complete system of education, and other illustrative documents; and an introduction, comprising a brief historical sketch of the University, and a biographical notice of Joseph C. Cabell. Richmond: J.W. Randolph, 1856.

Clarke, John. Clarke's Bibliotheca Legum; or, Complete Catalogue of the Common and Statute Law-Books of the United Kingdom, With An Account Of Their Dates and Prices, Arranged in a New Manner, Interspersed with Observations, from the best Authorities, on the principal Works. New Edition, With Numerous Additions and Corrections Not to be found in any other Law Catalogue now extant. London: Printed for W. Clarke and Sons, Law Booksellers, Portugal-Street, Lincoln's-Inn, 1819. 

Cometti, Elizabeth. Jefferson's Ideas On A University Library: Letters from the Founder of the University of Virginia to a Boston Bookseller. Charlottesville: The Tracy W. McGregor Library, University of Virginia, 1950. 

Davis, Richard Beale, ed. Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and Francis Walker Gilmer, 1814-1826. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1946. 

Papers of James Madison, Founders Online. National Historical Records and Publication Commission. Washington, D.C.

Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Founders Online. National Historical Records and Publication Commission. Washington, D.C.

Digital Projects

Ayers, Edward L. and William G. Thomas, III. ""Virginia Center for Digital History." 1998-2018.

Ferster, Bill and Kurtis Schaeffer. "Visualizing the 1828 University of Virginia Library." 2010.

Library of Congress. "Thomas Jefferson's Library Book Explorer." c. 2010.

McInnis, Maurie, Kirt von Daack, Worthy Martin, and Louis P. Nelson. "Jefferson's University -- Early Life Project, 1819-1870." 2014 - Present.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Inc. "Thomas Jefferson's Libraries." 2004-2008.

LibraryThing. "Legacy Libraries: Thomas Jefferson." 2007.

University of Virginia Library. "The Electronic Text Center." 1992-2007.

Wolf Law Library, College of William and Mary, "The George Wyth Room at the Wolf Law Library." 2005-2018.

Further Reading

Arguing with Digital History working group. “Digital History and Argument,” white paper. Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (November 13, 2017):

Amory, Hugh and David D. Hall, eds.  A History of the Book in America: Volume 1: The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World. Chapel Hill: Published in Association with the American Antiquarian Society by The University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

August, Thomas. “Digital Approaches to Library History,” Early American Literature 50, no. 1 (2015): 289-94.

Baker, J.H. An Introduction to English Legal History. 4th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 

Billings, Warren M. and Brent Tarter, eds. "Esteemed Bookes of Lawe" and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2017.

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1957.

Boyer, Allen D. Sir Edward Coke and the Elizabethan Age. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Boyer, Allen D., ed. Law, Liberty, and Parliament: Selected Essays on the Writings of Sir Edward Coke. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2004.

Bryson, W. Hamilton, Legal Education in Virginia, 1779-1979. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 1982.

Candela, Leonardo, Donatella Castelli, and Pasquale Pagano.“History, Evolution and Impact of Digital Libraries,” in Ioannis Iglezakis, Tatiana-Eleni Synodinou, and Sarantos Kapidakis, eds. E-Publishing and Digital Libraries: Legal and Organizational Issues. IGI Global, 2010.

Clemons, Harry. The University of Virginia Library 1825-1950: Story of a Jefferson Foundation. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Library, 1954.

Dibblell, Jeremy. “A  Library of the Most Celebrated & Approved Authors”: The First Purchase College of Union College,” Libraries & The Cultural Record Vol. 43 No. 4 (2008): 367-396.

Flaherty, David H. ed. Essays in the History of Early American Law. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture of Williamsburg, Virginia by The University of North Carolina Press, 1969.

Funk, Kellen and Lincoln Mullen, “The Spine of American Law: Digital Text Analysis and U.S. Legal Practice,” American Historical Review, Vol. 123, No. 1, (February 2018): 132-164.

Gilreath, James and Douglas L. Wilson, eds., “Introduction to Thomas Jefferson's Library: A Catalog with the Entries in His Own Order,” The Library of Congress, reproduced 2001.

Gross, Robert A. and Mary Kelley, A History of the Book in America: Volume 2: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790-1840. Chapel Hill: Published in Association with the American Antiquarian Society by The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Halsey, Katie. "Libraries in the Atlantic World (review)," Early American Literature 49, no. 3 (2014): 835-839.

Hayes, Kevin J., The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Lasala, Joseph M. Lasala, Patricia C. Sherwood, and Richard Guy Wilson, “Architecture for Education: Jefferson’s Design of the Academical Village,” in Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece, ed. Richard Guy Wilson. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Miller, F. Thorton, Juries and Judge Versus the Law: Virginia's Provincial Legal Perspective, 1783-1828. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 1994.

Nelson, William E. The Common Law in Colonial America: Volume 1: The Chesapeake and New England, 1607-1660. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Onuf, Peter. The Mind of Jefferson. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2007.

Page, Frederick W.  “Our Library,” The Alumni Bulletin Volume II (November 1895).

Robson, David. Educating Republicans: The College in the Era of the American Revolution, 1750-1800. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.

Suarez, Michael F, S.J. and Michael L. Turner, eds., The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: Volume 5, 1695-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Shores, Louis. Origins of the American College Library, 1638-1800. Nashville, TN: George Peabody College, 1934.

Tay, Endrina and Jeremy Dibbell. "Reconstructing a Lost Library: George Wythe's "legacie" to President Thomas Jefferson," Common-place 10, vol. 2 (January 2010).

White, Stephen D. Sir Edward Coke and the “Grievances of the Commonwealth,” 1621-1628. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.

Zechmeister, Gene. “Jefferson’s Plan for an Academical Village,” Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.