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Book Dedication by Thomas Jefferson to the Library of the College of William and Mary

Identifier: UA 365

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Scope and Contents

An inscription dedicating a book to the library of the College of William and Mary, believed to be in the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson. The signature in the inscription has been cut out. Also included in the collection is another manuscript describing the provenance of the book dedication by someone with the initials "J.B." The inscription was supposedly from a copy of Tracy's Treatise on Political Economy, which was revised and corrected by Jefferson. The book was obtained by "J.B." while a student at William and Mary.


  • Creation: undated


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia, inheriting from his father, a planter and surveyor, some 5,000 acres of land, and from his mother, a Randolph, high social standing. He studied at the College of William and Mary, then read law. He died on July 4, 1826.


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Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2010.247 was received from the donor in August 2009.

Related Materials:

Thomas Jefferson Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library

Office of the Bursar's Records, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library

Processing Information:

Accessioned from the backlog by Steven Bookman on 5/7/2010.

Guide to the Book Dedication by Thomas Jefferson to the Library of the College of William and Mary
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository