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TJ's Library: Completion!

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1jbd1
Dec 31, 2007, 4:48pm Top

I am more than a little delighted and excited to announce that all of Thomas Jefferson's titles are now catalogued. His profile page hasn't quite caught up with the new numbers, but I have added the hierarchies as he gave them. I'm working on some HTML coding to put that structure into his profile page, and hope to have that up fairly soon.

Folks, we've accomplished something I consider pretty amazing with this project. From 3 September to 31 December, sixteen people catalogued 4,889 titles (439 of them manually). We've enhanced the titles by adding 187 of TJ's own reviews, which I think are one of the major highlights of this effort, as well as adding useful bibliographic data which will enable those interested in more information to seek it out quickly and easily.

Special thanks to those who catalogued:
Partial Section(s): timspalding, benjfrank, scorbet, ijon
1 Section: Goatface, collsers, nperrin, householdopera, ptcamn
2 Sections: myshelves (who gets some extra bonus points for fighting through two hard sections using a dialup connection!), rsterling, MMCM
3+ Sections: jjlong, jbd1

I think this project really shows the potential of LT as a cooperative enterprise, and I think TJ's books and their linkages to others' libraries are a very interesting and exciting addition to the LT community. I hope everyone else has had as much fun with this project as I have, and I look forward to more. After a rest, I'm going to start in on John Adams' library, so if anyone wants to keep playing, raise your hand!

Happy New Year to all!

- Jeremy

2nperrin
Dec 31, 2007, 6:09pm Top

Wow, I am so impressed with us! Thanks for taking charge of this, Jeremy--only wish I had been able to help more. This is really, really cool, and I totally second everything you say in the last paragraph. I'll have to see what I can do when Adams is started.

3jjlong
Dec 31, 2007, 6:17pm Top

Jeremy, I'd like to thank you for taking the lead on this project, and keeping it going despite a thesis deadline. It's been fun to work on, due in large to your guidance, ideas, and enthusiasm.

A special thanks to myshelves from me, too, for staying positive amid so many frustrations :) and for suggesting the reviews - and to everyone else who added books.

It's hard to believe it's done... I've learned a lot about TJ and his life (not to mention Sir John Sinclair, Nicolas Dufief, Plato, et al) from working on this. Maybe I'll write a post on that soon.

4jbd1
Dec 31, 2007, 6:29pm Top

It has been great fun. I've learned so much, I don't think I've even processed it all yet. And don't tell my library school profs, but I'm pretty sure I've come to understand more about subject headings and cataloging and the limitations and potentials of all things bibliographic in working on this project than in all my classes combined.

I cannot express enough my sincere thanks to everyone who's been involved with this effort. It's been a wonderful ride.

jjlong, we'll all look forward to that post!

5jbd1
Jan 1, 2008, 6:50pm Top

hehe I just have to note that more than twenty LTers have added TJ to their "interesting libraries" list since the blog-post. Pretty impressive.

6ryn_books
Edited: Jan 2, 2008, 5:27am Top

I've noticed on my profile>stats - there's a new section at the bottom right called "Overlap with special libraries" and it lists the Thomas Jefferson library.

I don't have any shared books :-(

Congratulations to all of you who gave their time to such an amazing project.

edited to add Whoops - should have read the blog post first...

7jjlong
Jan 2, 2008, 6:56am Top

ryn, maybe you could remedy that by running out and picking up a copy of one of Jefferson's books - say, The uncertainty of the signs of death, and the danger of precipitate interments and dissections demonstrated.

Seems like a book everyone should have on hand... a premature dissection can sure ruin your day.

8jjlong
Jan 2, 2008, 8:16am Top

>5 jbd1: Looks like we're pushing 30 users newly adding it as an interesting library now... there are many enthusiastic blog posts...and I see TJ's review of The Republic of Plato is rated #1, with seven thumbs up.

Let's face it. TJ is the new Paris Hilton.

9timspalding
Jan 9, 2008, 12:17am Top

I wonder if we could do her library.

10conceptDawg
Jan 9, 2008, 2:42am Top

Probably wouldn't take long.

11benjclark
Jan 20, 2008, 1:45am Top

Some interesting notes on TJ's Architecture books.
http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/wilson/TJA/tja.body4.html

12thornton37814
Feb 22, 2011, 3:44pm Top

They found some more Jefferson books in Missouri: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110222/ap_on_re_us/us_jefferson_s_books

13jbd1
Feb 22, 2011, 3:57pm Top

Indeed! The good folks at Monticello have them in his LT catalog already, too - you can browse the list here.

14staffordcastle
Feb 22, 2011, 4:04pm Top

Bravo, Jeremy and all the crew!

15benjclark
Feb 2, 2015, 4:17pm Top

Another Jefferson book found at the LoC!
http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2015/01/a-jefferson-book-rediscovered-in-law-library/

A treatise on the pleadings is already recorded and entered in the LL, but the actual copy has been recently located. Nice write up!

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