Thomas Jefferson's Books Discovered in a Lake Tahoe Dumpster

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
(Wikipedia)

A man who was picking through a dumpster in 2014 for a community service project unexpectedly recovered a slice of American history.

For two years, Max Brown researched his find: a pile of 15 worn books, retrieved from a trove of many more volumes that he left behind, in the Incline Village, Nevada, dumpster. He noted an inscription of "from the Library of Thomas Jefferson," but was told by an appraiser that such provenance was fake.

After he had sold some of the books on eBay, Brown continued his sleuthing only to be notified by Jefferson’s presidential library that his volumes had indeed been part of the Jefferson collection. Brown recently tracked down the family to which the remaining volumes and other momentoes belonged.

More than 6,000 volumes from Jefferson's personal library went to the Library of Congress after the British burned down the Capitol in 1814.

More News Feed Headlines

Southern California Coast by George Symons (1861-1930) Oil on canvas – 40 x 50 inches.  The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine

ARTFIXdaily Closed March 18 to 22

  • March 17, 2019 22:17

ARTFIXdaily is closed this week for maintenance. E-newsletter service will resume on March 25. ...

Read More

University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tuscon will once again display de Kooning's Woman-Ochre after a restoration and exhibit at the Getty.  The painting was stolen in 1985, and found in 2017 at an estate sale.

This Week: A Stolen-Found De Kooning Resurfaces, and Police Fool Thieves With Fake Brueghel

  • March 14, 2019 12:23

Willem de Kooning's 'Woman-Ochre,' recently rediscovered in an estate sale after being stolen ...

Read More

Silicon Valley Plans to Erect a Monument to Itself

  • March 11, 2019 22:24

Silicon Valley has a new initiative underway for a landmark that speaks to the tech hub's ...

Read More

Will Barnet, Self-Portrait, 1981, was part of the exhibition "Will Barnet at 100" – the artist’s first New York museum retrospective – at the National Academy Museum on Sept.  16-Dec.  31, 2011.  Barnet received a 2011 National Medal of Arts on Feb.  13, 2012

Another Year Passes Without National Medal of Arts Awards

  • March 05, 2019 22:18

The White House's prestigious annual recognition of American artists, the National Medal of Arts ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire