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!
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.
"The diffusion of knolege among the people"
Browse a sampling of books and other materials published by the Foundation. Over the years, these publications have formed a vital part of the Foundation's outreach and educational goals.
"Wish you were here!"
Browse postcards showing Monticello’s East Front, West Front, and Dining Room over time. These postcards illustrate the changes made as the Foundation sought to restore the landscape, house, and interior rooms to an ever-more authentic view of Monticello’s appearance during Jefferson’s post-presidential years.
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