The Retired Faculty Association’s second lunch of the year was held at the Omni Hotel at noon on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Our speaker was J. Jefferson Looney, the Daniel P. Jordan Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Papers at Monticello, who spoke on “Mr. Jefferson Founds a University: When, Where, and How?”
Jeff is primarily responsible for the Jefferson Retirement Series. Thirteen volumes of this definitive edition of Jefferson’s writings and correspondence between 1809 and 1826 have been published, and a fourteenth is in press. The recent and remaining volumes of the Retirement Series will chart the founding of the University of Virginia, with many of the documents published for the first time. Jeff was formerly editor and project director of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography, and he is the author or editor of several works on the history of Princeton University. Jeff received his Ph.D. in history from Princeton.
To learn more about Jeff and the Jefferson Papers project, click here for the very interesting 2013 Washington Post article that features him and his work. Be sure to click on the graphics within the article for a brief explanation of how Jeff and his colleagues edit documents and for a humorous look at Jeff’s voluminous necktie collection.
For more information about the Retirement Series of the Jefferson Papers, go to Retirement Series. To access the online version of the Jefferson Papers and other Founding Fathers projects, go to Founders Online.
For a full schedule of the Retired Faculty Association’s events for 2017-18, go to RFA Schedule.