Thomas Jefferson on Preserving Government Records
Because there were virtually no formal procedures established for preserving historic government records, President Thomas Jefferson wrote this note describing his intentions for preserving the official records of his Presidency.
Today (since the administration of Herbert Hoover), the official records of the President are held by the National Archives and Records Administration in the Presidential Libraries.
Note from Thomas Jefferson
regarding the disposition of
his Presidential papers
December 29, 1801
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National Archives and Records Administration
General Records of the Department of State
Record Group 59