January 24, 1996


Jefferson Architecture Electronic Archive Center (JAEAC) is an "in process" archive that brings together materials related to the architecture of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). In spite of the near universal aclaim accorded to Jefferson's architecture no comprehensive publication exists that covers his work in detail. Working with curators from other institutions and Jefferson properties this archive will assemble both primary and major secondary materials. Comments and information are welcome. Please contact the director at rgw4h@virginia.edu.

The assemblage of this archive has involved extensive collaboration on the part of holders of Jefferson documents, including the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Huntington Library, the Library of Congress, and the University of Virginia. Materials owned by other institutions will be added as the project continues. Also assisting are several Jefferson properties: Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation; the Corporation for Jefferson's Popular Forest; and the University of Virginia. Again, others will be added as the project continues.

Scope of JAEAC: The intention of JAEAC is assemble all primary materials related to Jefferson's architecture, major secondary materials, and computer based three dimensional models and simulations. JAEAC will be composed of:

Syllabus and Teacher Instructions
Suggested course syllabuses dealing with Jeffersons's architecture and designs will be presented. Examples of courses from the micro to the macro level with suggested readings and methods by which to use this archive will be available. Instructions for teachers/students will be posted.
Architectural Works
The information on Jefferson's architectural works is accessed by project name. In some cases such as Monticello, or the University of Virginia subfiles may exist. The information on each of the Jefferson projects includes a descriptive heading, architectural drawings, later views (photographs, drawings, primary and secondary literary materials, sources, bibliography, comuter three dimensional models and simulations. Included are Jefferson's well known buildings and others for which evidence is inconclusive or for which he may have provided advice, such as Christ Church, Charlottesville and Montpelier. Where appropiate, public access information to the property -- Monticello, the University of Virginia, Popular Forest, Virginia State Capitol -- including hours open, dates, telephone numbers,will be given.
All of Jefferson's known architectural drawings -- including drawings by workmen, such as James Dinsmore John Neilson, and by other architects, such as William Thornton and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who were connected with his projects -- as well as other drawings such as surveys, machines, and drawings in letters are included. The primary list is Frederick Doveton Nichols, Thomas Jefferson's Architectural Drawings (4th edition: 1982), which has 576 drawings. The Nichols list with an expanded commentary developed by Joice Himawan is included. JAEAC follows the Nichols numbering system and then new numbers above 600. (A new numbering system may be developed). Drawings can be accessed by a variety of means: by either the Nichols and Kimball numbers in the Catalogue of Jefferson Drawings,by building name, by type of drawing, or through the Architectural Works.
Primary Literary Materials
These include excerpts from Jefferson's writings and letters related to architecture, decoration, and building operations. They are filed under Jefferson Quotes on Architecture, and under Architectural Works.
Secondary Literary Materials-Bibliography
These include writings on Jefferson's architecture, such as Fiske Kimball, Thomas Jefferson: Architect (1916), William B. O'Neal, Jefferson's Fine Arts Library (1976), Richard Guy Wilson, ed., Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village (1993), travelor's accounts, and other important writings. An annotated bibliography of publications related to Jefferson's architecture can be accessed through Bibliography and author, or through Architectural Works.
In addition to O'Neal, Jefferson's Fine Arts Library, all of the relevant books and prints Jefferson owned will be entered electronically. These can be accessed either by Sources, name of author and title, or through Architectural Works.
A file is developed on each workman, accessed through either, Workmen, or name (ie: Neilson, Dinsmore) and also each of their projects has a Architectural Work.
A file is developed by state and name for buildings indicating his influence.
3D Models
Compuer based three diminsional models and simulations, or animations through CAD geomoetry of Jefferson's designs are accessed through either 3D Models, or Building File.
Posted is an evaluation worksheet that will contain questions related to usefulness of JAEAC to be filled out by students/teachers.
Direct access to lectures, conferences, discussion groups, and chat lines. Feedback to JAEAC.
Work to Date: Wilson through a fellowship from Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) for the school year 1995-96, began the archive. Working with several work-study graduate students and the staff of IATH several important books have been entered electronically. Marking up and posting began of Jefferson drawings. In conjunction with Joice Himawan, Massachusetts Historical Society, a descriptive entry for Jefferson's drawings is being created. Berkeley and the University Archives scanned the University's Jefferson drawings. Wilson made contacts with the other three major Jefferson drawing depositories (Mass. Hist. Soc., Huntington Lib., Library of Congress) and they have agreed to participate in various ways. Grizzard under the auspices of IATH is creating a hypertext data base of original records and correspondence dealing with the construction of the University. Mark with funding from the Development Office has begun creating a 3-D Computer model of the University.



Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903 804-924-6462, e-mail rgw4h@virginia.edu

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