1904 Edition

1904 Reproduction of Thomas Jefferson's Bible
A copy of the 1904 reproduction of Thomas Jefferson's Bible.

In 1904 the Government Printing Office published a facsimile of the Jefferson Bible with an introduction written by Cyrus Adler. The Office distributed 9,000 copies to the two chambers of Congress. In the following years, newly elected senators received a copy of the book until the supply ran out in the 1950s.


Opening in November Press Release

The Thomas Jefferson Bible goes on exhibit November 11, 2011 at the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery in the National Museum of American History

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Conservation Blog Post: Disbinding Blog Post

It is difficult to describe how one faces the prospect of taking apart a national treasure. Of course, in order to reach the level of craftsmanship required, there are years of education and practice required, but that doesn't begin to fully describe it.

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Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
"I am of a sect by myself, as far
as I know." — Thomas Jefferson, 1819


Separating pages
Removing the stubs

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The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition, is a full-color facsimile created from high-resolution digital photographs of recently conserved and rebound pages.

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