June 14, 2022

Today in History: Jefferson’s Library

Last Updated on January 30, 2018


Today in History–January 30–the Library of Congress features Thomas Jefferson’s Library, which Congress agreed to purchase on this day in 1815. The nearly $24,000 sale more than doubled the original 3,000-volume Library of Congress collection that was destroyed the year before when the British captured Washington D.C. and burned the U.S. Capitol. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to uncover more treasures related to Jefferson’s Library and the Library of Congress.

Jefferson’s Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress

Jefferson’s Library

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

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