Missouri University Library Reveals Thomas Jefferson’s Books

Numerous books owned by Thomas Jefferson, including some handwritten notes from the third president of the US, have been found in the rare book collection at Washington University in St. Louis.

Now historians are looking through the 69 newly discovered books, including the five others that the school already knew about, hoping to find more clues if there are more of the founding father’s books still waiting to be revealed.

Even if no other Jefferson used books are found, the school’s collection of 74 books is the third largest in the America, according to the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia.

“It’s so out of the blue and quite amazing,” said Washington University’s rare books curator Erin Davis of the discovery that was announced on President’s Day.

The books are part of some 3,000 texts that was donated to the school in 1880 after the death of Jefferson’s granddaughter Ellen Randolph Coolidge Wayles, and her husband, Joseph Coolidge.

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