In this section, we offer examples of the variety of documents we work with and of the value editorial scholarship adds to the text. Accurate transcriptions and clear annotation help a reader to make sense of a document and to understand it in its historical context. Included here is a selection of significant Jefferson documents. We have also chosen letters written by or to Jefferson which highlight his many roles as statesman, politician, president, as well as friend, parent, and grandparent. For common abbreviations and repository symbols used, see the summary of our editorial method.