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Main Reading Room, 1997.
The Main Reading Room in the Library of Congress, 1997

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Jefferson and the Library of Congress
Jefferson offered to sell Congress his private collection of 6,487 volumes for $23,950 to help restart the Library. Jefferson's collection included many topics that the Library never had before. Until this time, the Library's collection had been devoted to legal, economic, and historical works. Jefferson's collection included works on architecture, the arts, science, literature, and geography. It also had books in French, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek, and Russian. Jefferson believed that all subjects could be of interest to members of Congress, and deserved to be in the collection. So now they had the books, where did they put them?
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