Monticello Architectural Records 1923-1976

Creator
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Size
1 wardrobe box
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00243

Architectural and archeological data pertaining to the restoration and preservation of Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Included are field notes, drawings, photographs, and slides of grounds, buildings, and furnishings.

Biographical/historical note

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation was incorporated in 1923. In this year, the Foundation purchased Monticello and strove to restore and preserve the historic home. Now known as the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the group operates the house, the gardens, the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, a museum shop, the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, and the Monticello Visitors Center. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that emphasizes preservation and education.

Monticello is the only house in America mentioned on the World Heritage List of the United Nations. An example of Roman Neoclassicism, it contains 43 rooms, 13 skylights, and 8 fireplaces. Construction began in 1769, and was completed in 1784. In 1796, construction began on Thomas Jefferson's design for enlarging the house. This contruction ended in 1809. Influenced by French architecture, Jefferson added the famous dome to Monticello in 1800. The estate sits on 5,000 acres in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Due to financial distress, Thomas Jefferson's son sold Monticello to James T. Barclay in 1831. After an unsuccessful attempt to raise silkworms, Barclay sold the estate to Uriah P. Levy in 1834. The Confederacy seized the estate during the Civil War, and the Levy family recovered Monticello in 1879 after lengthy litigation. Jefferson Monroe Levy sold Monticello to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation in 1923.

Scope/content

The Monticello Architectural Records contains architectural and archaeological data pertaining to the restoration and preservation of Monticello. The records represent years of research concerning the structure of Monticello, and include concealed details which were uncovered in 1953 while major structural repairs were underway.

Items in this collection include 127 photoprints of 223 measured drawings of topography, ground layout, and buildings, a reprint of Monticello: 1856 from the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Great Clock reports, literature about Monticello, information about the furnishings, and photographs and slides. Later additions include drawings of a birdcage table, a filing chest, and Campeachy chair, a knife box, a silver creamer, and a dumbwaiter.

Items on microfilm include original field notes made by the architectural staff, a copy of The Preservation and Restoration of Monticello 1936-1960; Drawings and Notes by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect,The Preservation and Restoration of Monticello 1936-1960; Field Notes and Drawings by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect, G-46 through G-818, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Minutes1923-1976.

Custodial history

Original safety deposit accessioned by the University of North Carolina in 1958. Additions accessioned in 1971, 1974 and 1976. Transferred to North Carolina State University in 1998.

Physical description

This collection includes 1 wardrobe box containting architectural drawings, 4 photo album boxes, 1 flat folder, 3 archival boxes, and 1 halfbox.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into five series: Drawings, Publications, Photographs and Slides, and Microfilm, and Unprocessed Materials.

Use of these materials

For reference use only. No copying, citation, or publication without prior permission of the Resident Director of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Monticello Architectural Records, MC 00243, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Thomas Jefferson, architect, original designs in the collection of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, junior, with an essay and notes by Fiske Kimball. Boston: Printed for private distribution at the Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1916. NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center NA 737.J4 A3 1916

Source of acquisition

Collection transferred from the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998.

The collection is organized into five principal series:

Drawings

The drawings in this collection include 127 photoprints of 223 drawings of topography, ground layout, and buildings located on the Monticello estate. Also included are drawings of the Great Clock, and drawings of household items, including a birdcage table, a filing chest, a Campeachy chair, a knife box, a silver creamer, and a dumbwaiter.

1 wardrobe box, 1 flat folder

Measured drawings, drawings of household items
Item not specified
Great Clock drawings
Item not specified
Publications

This series contains a reprint of Monticello: 1856 by John G. Barnwell from the December 1975 Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians , Great Clock reports, literature about Monticello, and information related to the furnishings.

1 archival box

Publications
Item not specified
Photographs and Slides

This series contains photographs and slides of furnishings located on the Monticello estate. The backs of the photographs contain descriptions and the Monticello accession numbers.

2 photo album boxes

Photographs and Slides
Item not specified
Photographs and Slides
Item not specified
Microfilm

Items in this series include original field notes made by the architectural staff, a copy of The Preservation and Restoration of Monticello 1936-1960; Drawings and Notes by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect,The Preservation and Restoration of Monticello 1936-1960; Field Notes and Drawings by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect, G-46 through G-818, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Minutes1923-1976.

5 reels

Original Field Notes
Reel 1
The Preservation and Restoration of Monticello 1936-1960; Drawings and Notes by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect
Reel 2
The Preservation and Restoration of Monticello 1936-1960; Field Notes and Drawings by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect, G-46 through G-818
Reel 3
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Minutes 1923-1934
Reel 4
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Minutes 1935-1976
Reel 5
Unprocessed Materials Undated
Unprocessed Records Undated
Legal box 6
Unprocessed Records Undated
Album 7
Unprocessed Records Undated
Album 8
Unprocessed Records Undated
Half box 9

Access to the collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

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Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Monticello Architectural Records, MC 00243, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

For reference use only. No copying, citation, or publication without prior permission of the Resident Director of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.