Where are the originals?

The original manuscript material resides in approximately 900 libraries, archives, and private collections around the world.  The repositories with the largest collections of Jefferson original materials are: the Library of Congress, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the University of Virginia, and the Missouri History Museum.  When repositories digitize or display these collections, often called “The Jefferson Papers,” they refer only to the original manuscripts in their holdings and not the entire known extant corpus.  See also the About Us section of this website.