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Subject: Thomas Jefferson's Library
Date Posted: 4/24/2009 10:58 PM ET
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http://myloc.gov/exhibitions/jeffersonslibrary/Pages/default.aspx

I just happened to come across this neat exhibition at the Library of Congress, which is celebrating its birthday today. I did not know that Thomas Jefferson's personal library became the foundation for the Library of Congress. There is a really interesting flash video at the site about it.

Just thought I'd share. I wish my personal library was that nice!

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:11 PM ET
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Awesome!

Thank you!

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 11:21 AM ET
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I've been studying that link and the pages that are linked to it.  Jefferson was without a doubt the greatest mind of his time.  I can't imagine owning and reading 9,000 to 10,000 books.  The most amazing thing is that a great many of his books weren't in English, but in French, Italian, Greek and Latin -- filled with English translations of passages he liked scribbled in pencil on the margins.

I love how he categorized his books too.  "Memory" for history and natural history books.  "Reason" for philosophy, physics and mathematics books.  "Imagination" for fine art, literature, and music books.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 5:57 PM ET
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I love how he categorized his books too.  "Memory" for history and natural history books.  "Reason" for philosophy, physics and mathematics books.  "Imagination" for fine art, literature, and music books.

I liked that too. :)