As author of the Declaration of Independence, architect of the Virginia State Capitol, founder of the University of Virginia, and third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is one of history’s best-known figures. Surprisingly, the largest collection of Jefferson’s private papers (more than 8,000 pieces) cannot be found in his native Virginia but is instead in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
For the first time since the late 1800s, the most significant pieces from the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts have returned to Virginia and are now on display at the Virginia Historical Society in the exhibition The Private Jefferson: From the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The Private Jefferson features Jefferson's manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence and more than sixty architectural drawings, broadsides, and letters. This exhibition offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these important American documents in one place.
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