Do you have original manuscript documents?

No, we are not a repository of original Jefferson material, which would require high standards of preservation, security, and insurance. Rather, we have the largest collection of Jefferson correspondence in photocopy or digital form, from hundreds of libraries, archives, and private individuals.  We  have been systematically and chronologically publishing this material with editorial and contextual additions to make the complete archive accessible to the widest possible audience.

Princeton University, our host institution, has about 30 original items of Jefferson manuscript, correspondence or miscellaneous materials in its holdings of Rare Books and Manuscripts. A finding aid for Princeton University’s Special Collections holdings of Jefferson material is available online.