University of Virginia Vice President for Research
Sustainability Research Initiatives

Institutional Partnerships


The 2009 and 2011 archaeology field schools at Morven have been working in collaboration with Monticello Archaeology and Washington and Lee University, sharing expertise and protocols, as well as the resources of reference collections of historic materials and the analytical abilities of DAACS, to study not only Morven's archaeological record, but also its environmental history and the culture of Virginia's "middling folk" of late 18th and early 19th centuries. Expanding research about Jefferson's interactions with William Short works with the resources of the Jefferson Library, with the scholars of the International Center for Jefferson Studies and the Early American Seminar, and the researchers of the Central Virginia History Research group. Recent scholarship about William Short's emancipation proposal to Thomas Jefferson will be presented in a program at the International Center for Jefferson Studies in May 2011.

Library of Congress

The William Short Papers in the Library of Congress include 20,000 documents detailing his diplomatic, personal, and business affairs. Morven research at the Library of Congress is exploring the potential for new scholarship and digitization in the collection.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library's collections include the Brock Collection, which is considered to be the largest private collection of Virginia manuscripts and printed materials ever assembled. Work by Morven researchers in the Huntington's Brock Collection has linked Jefferson drawings to their origins with Morven's owners, and their early 19th century business data in this collection provides opportunities to study the changing processes of business and local finance that Jefferson experienced.

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