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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.

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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. :)