Monticello Architectural Records 1923-1976

Creator
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Size
11.5 linear feet (1 legal box, 2 albums, 1 halfbox, 1 drawings box)
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.
Call number
MC 00243
Access to materials

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

The Monticello Architectural Records contain architectural and archaeological data pertaining to the restoration and preservation of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Included are copies of publications; microfilm of field notes and drawings of Milton L. Grigg, restoration architect; photographs, slides and drawings of grounds, buildings, and furnishings.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation was incorporated in 1923. In that 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. Monticello is located on 5,000 acres in Charlottesville, Virginia. Construction of Monticello began in 1769 and was completed in 1784.

Biographical/historical note

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation was incorporated in 1923. In that 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. Monticello is located on 5,000 acres in Charlottesville, Virginia. Construction of Monticello began in 1769 and was completed in 1784.

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. The house was completed in 1784 and in 1796, construction began on Thomas Jefferson's design for enlarging the house. This construction ended in 1809. Influenced by French architecture, Jefferson added the dome to Monticello in 1800.

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 contain architectural and archaeological data pertaining to the restoration and preservation of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Included are copiesof publications; microfilm of field notes and drawings of Milton L. Grigg, restoration architect; photographs, slides and drawings of grounds, buildings, and furnishings. 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.

Included are 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; reports about the "Great Clock"; literature about Monticello; information about the furnishings; and photographs and slides. There are drawings of a birdcage table, a filing chest, a 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; Field Notes and Drawings by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect, G-46 through G-818; and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Minutes, 1923-1976.

Custodial history

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

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by type of document.

Use of these materials

For reference use only. No copying, citation, or publication with prior permission of the Resident Director of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining maaterials 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 NA737 .J4 A3 1916

Source of acquisition

Transferred from Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1998.

Photocopies of "Great Clock" Reports 1970
Legal box 1, Folder 1
"Monticello: 1856," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. XXXIV No. 4, December 1975. Offprint. 1975
Legal box 1, Folder 2
Photocopies of records relating to items in photographs (album boxes 2-3) 1923-1969
Legal box 1, Folder 3
Pamphlets and photocopies about Monticello 1950s-1960s
Legal box 1, Folder 4
Exhibit catalogs and article reprints about Jefferson and Monticello 1947-1962
Legal box 1, Folder 5
Photographs used to illustrate "Monticello: 1856," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, December 1975 undated
Album 2
Slides giving architectural and archaeological data undated
Album 2
Photographs of the "Great Clock" undated
Album 2
Photographs of Great Clock mechanism undated
Album 2
Photographs of portraits undated
Album 2
Photographs of porcelain undated
Album 2
Photographs of furnishings undated
Album 2
Photographs of furnishings undated
Album 3
Microfilm: Preservation and Restoration of Monticello, 1936-1960; Field Notes and Drawings by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect undated
Half box 4, Reel 2
Microfilm of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Minutes 1923-1934
Half box 4, Reel 4
Microfilm. Original Field Notes undated
Half box 4, Reel 1
Microfilm. Preservation and Restoration of Monticello, 1936-1960; Drawings and Notes by Milton L. Grigg, Restoration Architect, G-46 through G-818 undated
Half box 4, Reel 3
Microfilm of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Minutes 1935-1976
Half box 4, Reel 5
Photoprints of drawings undated
Drawings box 5

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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 with prior permission of the Resident Director of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining maaterials 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.