The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

The definitive scholarly edition of the correspondence and other papers of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), first secretary of state and third president of the United States, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, founder of the University of Virginia.

Cover of Volume 46, which displays the title and publisher of the volume, as well as names of the project editors.

What We Do

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson editorial project at Princeton University is preparing a comprehensive scholarly edition of documents written or received by Thomas Jefferson. The edition’s publisher is Princeton University Press. Content of the volumes is also available in digital format within the Rotunda imprint of the University of Virginia Press and through Founders Online of the National Archives. Volume 1, with documents from the period 1760–1776, appeared in 1950, and Volume 47, covering a part of the year 1805, will be published in 2023. 


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