Arise and Build! The Grand Design: Jefferson's Rotunda
The University Library is Born Jefferson's Letters
A selection of letters and documents relating to the early
development of the University Library. The entries are arranged by the
calendar numbers in The Jefferson Papers of the University of Virginia.
The descriptions are based on the same source.
1822 Oct. 11. Thomas Jefferson, Monticello to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, University of Virginia.
ALS. 2 pp. endorsed.
Sends copy of resolution of the Board of Visitors, authorizing building of the library,
and of an advertisement for the Richmond Enquirer and the Charlottesville Central Gazette
regarding collection of University subscriptions in arrears.
1822 Dec. 28 Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, to Joseph C. Cabell. ALS, 3 pp. Endorsed
In answer to the question: "If the remission of the principal debt, and an
accomodation of the cost of the library cannot both be obtained, which would
be the most desirable?" Jefferson tells Cabell "without any question, the
latter." To secure a faculty and student body of the highest order, the
University must have distinguished structures. The aim of Jefferson and the
Board of Visitors "from the beginning has been to make the establishment
the most eminent in the United States." The letter concludes with estimates
of the cost of building the library by John M. Perry, John Gorman, James
Oldham, James Dinsmore, and Arthur S. Brockenbrough.
1825 Apr. 28. Thomas Jefferson, Monticello to Arthur S. Brockenbrough,
University of Virginia. ALS. 2 pp. endorsed by Thomas Jefferson
Draft of advertisement requesting book donations for University Library to be
inserted in the Richmond Enquirer and the Charlottesville Central Gazette.
Advertisement mentions donations from [John?] Hansford of King George County,
Bernard Moore Carter of London, and Joseph Coolidge, Jr. of Boston.