Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Students discover Thomas Jefferson letter among thousands of items donated to library

Date:
December 7, 2009
Source:
University of Delaware
Summary:
Two students recently stumbled upon a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson while sifting through thousands of documents and other items donated to the university's library.

An 1808 letter written by Thomas Jefferson recently discovered at the University of Delaware.
Credit: Kathy Atkinson, University of Delaware

Two University of Delaware graduate students recently stumbled upon a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson while sifting through thousands of documents and other items donated to the university's library.

Jefferson sent the letter, dated 1808, as a condolence correspondence upon the death of another patriot, John Dickinson.

The letter, addressed to Dr. Joseph Bringhurst, of Wilmington, Delaware was sent in response to an earlier letter by Bringhurst informing then-president Jefferson of the death of Dickinson, a delegate to the Continental Congress, a signer of the Articles of Confederation, a president of Delaware and an architect of the Constitution.

"Thomas Jefferson is one of the reasons that I got into history," said History graduate student Amanda Daddona, one of the students who discovered the letter. "It was quite an exciting day and I had no idea I'd be finding that when I came into work that morning."

Daddona and fellow student, Matt Davis, are cataloging the archives of the Rockwood Museum, a collection that was recently donated to the university by New Castle County.

The Rockwood collection is huge and diverse, containing thousands of documents, maps, letters, photographs, albums, diaries, deeds, business records, ephemera and other items from the 17th century until the late 1970s. It may be assumed that many if not most of the older items in the collection have not been examined for several decades or longer.

"Processing a Special Collection is a process of discovery," observed Susan Brynteson, Vice Provost and May Morris Director of Libraries. "What a thrill for the graduate students who discovered this during their work at the University of Delaware Library! A memory always to be cherished."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Delaware. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Delaware. "Students discover Thomas Jefferson letter among thousands of items donated to library." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 December 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091205110758.htm>.
University of Delaware. (2009, December 7). Students discover Thomas Jefferson letter among thousands of items donated to library. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091205110758.htm
University of Delaware. "Students discover Thomas Jefferson letter among thousands of items donated to library." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091205110758.htm (accessed September 19, 2014).

Share This



More Science News

Friday, September 19, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Virtual Reality Headsets Unveiled at Tokyo Game Show

Virtual Reality Headsets Unveiled at Tokyo Game Show

AFP (Sep. 18, 2014) Several companies unveiled virtual reality headsets at the Tokyo Game Show, Asia's largest digital entertainment exhibition. Duration: 00:48 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
The Cost of Ebola

The Cost of Ebola

Reuters - Business Video Online (Sep. 18, 2014) As Sierra Leone prepares for a three-day "lockdown" in its latest bid to stem the spread of Ebola, Ciara Lee looks at the financial implications of fighting the largest ever outbreak of the disease. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
What HealthKit Bug Means For Your iOS Fitness Apps

What HealthKit Bug Means For Your iOS Fitness Apps

Newsy (Sep. 18, 2014) Apple has delayed the launch of the HealthKit app platform, citing a bug. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.S. Food Makers Surpass Calorie-Cutting Pledge

U.S. Food Makers Surpass Calorie-Cutting Pledge

Newsy (Sep. 18, 2014) Sixteen large food and beverage companies in the United States that committed to cut calories in their products far surpassed their target. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins