Celebrating a Century

100 Years of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation

On April 13, 1923, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation formed as a private nonprofit corporation and purchased Monticello to serve "as a memorial to the Author of the Declaration of Independence and for the purpose of inculcating through patriotic education a better understanding and appreciation of the life and service of Thomas Jefferson”.

In Treasures from the Archives, explore the history of the Foundation through featured photographs, documents, and other objects from our Foundation archives. Under Discover More, view selected publications produced by the Foundation over the last hundred years and Monticello postcards that illustrate how the House and its interiors have changed over time. Finally, meet staff past and present in the Faces of the Foundation.

As the Foundation looks forward to the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026 and beyond, and continues to break new ground to tell a more complete story, we invite you to join us as we reflect on our first 100 years.

Enter Treasures from the Archives

For more information on the Foundation's history explore the Centennial site - be sure to scroll down to view the timeline!

Exhibition curated and designed by

Anna Berkes, Public Services and Collection Development Manager, Jefferson Library

Megan Brett, Collections Processing and Digital Initatives Manager, Jefferson Library