Answered By: Bryan Kasik
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2016     Views: 15

It was not!  Though it IS connected to the Library of Congress. The Brits burned the Capitol during the War of 1812, destroying Congress’ book collection that was stored there. Jefferson sold most of his book collection to the US Government after the fire as a way to rebuild and enhance the Library’s collection. (Learn more here: https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/sale-books-library-congress-1815)

 

Also- our Special Collections Library holds some early books owned by Jefferson.

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