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Jefferson's Library Continues to Impress, 200 Years Later

Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literary treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. The collection is on permanent display in wood and glass cases at the world’s largest library that is open to the public. Jefferson spent 50 years accumulating the largest private collection in the United States — 6,487 volumes. Many of the...

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