Rotunda launches a digital edition of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

Princeton University Press, Rotunda at University of Virginia Press, and the Papers of Thomas Jefferson project at Princeton University announce that on April 13th (Thomas Jefferson’s birthday), The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition will be added to Rotunda’s American Founding Era collection. The digital edition of this important collection will include all volumes of this ongoing papers project, starting with all of the thirty-three existing volumes that encompass the period 14 January 1760 to 30 April 1801. Four of the existing volumes the Jefferson Papers Retirement series will appear later this year.

Of the Rotunda project, the release notes that “although each database already provides, on its own, a fascinating look at the life and mind of notable founding-era figure, the newly developed platform allows students and scholars a unique opportunity to access a conversation—several voices contributing to perhaps the most important times in our nation’s history. Newly inter-operable in this platform, the databases may now be navigated and searched simultaneously. Searches of crucial events and themes will return results by a host of the era’s participants, not only our title figures but their numerous and distinguished correspondents. This is a view of the era unlike any ever offered.”

Princeton University Press is proud to publish the print edition and pleased to partner with Rotunda for the digital version, which will expand the reach and usefulness of these critical documents.  The Papers of Thomas Jefferson is a projected 60-volume series containing not only the 18,000 letters written by Jefferson but also, in full or in summary, the more than 25,000 letters written to him. Including documents of historical significance as well as private notes not closely examined until their publication in the Papers, this series is an unmatched source of scholarship on the nation’s third president.

Volume 34 (1 May to 31 July 1801) and Volume 35 (1 August to 30 November 1801) of the Papers project have just been published in print editions, too.

Comments

  1. Yes its about time the general public has access to some of Jeffersons writings. I can’t believe that one man managed to write over 20,000 letters! Thats more then one could even write emails today

  2. I agree with Frank, there is an extensive amount that people should be able to read! Although I am afraid to say that I may prove to be the exception to the rule in Frank’s last statement! I don’t dare to think about how many I have sent.

  3. I like this article.. I think Thomas Jefferson is an inspiring person

  4. I agree with Frank, I think Thomas Jefferson is an inspiring person…

  5. Thomas Jefferson is truly a great person, no doubt about it.

  6. 18,000 letters?! Amazing..Oh, well, need to go back to work, as Thomas Jefferson said: “Delay is preferable to error”. :-)

  7. Headwaters says:

    Thomas Jefferson is undoubtedly one of the greatest person of all time. I often read his quotes.

  8. I agree with Frank, there is an extensive amount that people should be able to read

  9. Agree with all of you… always inspiring :)

  10. Of the Rotunda project, the release notes that “although each database already provides, on its own, a fascinating look at the life and mind of notable founding-era figure, the newly developed platform allows students and scholars a unique opportunity to access a conversation—several voices contributing to perhaps the most important times in our nation’s history. Newly inter-operable in this platform, the databases may now be navigated and searched simultaneously. Searches of crucial events and themes will return results by a host of the era’s participants, not only our title figures but their numerous and distinguished correspondents. This is a view of the era unlike any ever offered.”

  11. Yes Thomas Jefferson was an amazing person. I can’t imagine what politics would be like in this day and age if all leaders were as profound and intellectual as Jefferson.

  12. Yes Thomas Jefferson was an amazing person. I can’t imagine what politics would be like in this day and age if all leaders were as profound and intellectual as Jefferson.

  13. 18000 letters… I was thinking the number of letters he might have written if he had access to email.

    The search feature on the database sure sounds great.
    -Mike

  14. One man writing over 18,000 letters is just amazing. I assume most of them were replies to the massive amounts of letters he received from various people. Too bad email was not an option at that time. :)

  15. I was pretty excited about the Rotunda projects until I tried to get into the John Adams diary and discovered I had to log in – and that registration isn’t free? I’m assuming the documents are available elsewhere and will have to look for them…

    Too bad higher education isn’t willing to make these collections truly accessible…

  16. Christina says:

    Hi, I´m a student at Goethe University and preparing for my degree. Just wanted to drop you a big thanks since with your help I was able to discover the Washington letters I´ve been searching for. Sadly German Unis don´t provide so much info online, so I´m really thankful that you do. Greetings from Frankfurt/Germany