Monticello’s Stacking Bookcases

Thomas Jefferson’s book boxes became the foundation of the Library of Congress.

By Christopher Schwarz
Pages 24-29

From the June 2011 issue #190
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I like to think of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library as America’s first “bookmobile.”

When the British burned down the nation’s capitol in 1814, the inferno took with it many of the books owned by the government of our young nation. Lucky for us, Jefferson had a personal library of about 6,700 books – an astonishing accomplishment for the time.

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To buy: “Building 18th-Century American Furniture” by Glen D. Huey.
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From the June 2011 issue #190
Buy this issue now