(From the archives, 2014.09.06) Edited by James A. Bear Jr. & Lucia C. Stanton, and originally printed in 1997 as a part of the Second Series of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson's Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826 constitutes a rich and detailed record of many facets of not only Jefferson's life, but of his associates and the times: Legal notations, cash accounts, miscellaneous memoranda, meteorological records, even wine lists are here, recorded systematically by a man whose intellectual capital we still find hard to comprehend. All of this information is made coherent, given context, and enriched by the annotations, which stand as a significant achievement in documentary editing.
I had the honor of working with Documents Compass, a digital initiative of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, on converting this two volume set into TEI conformant XML. The conversion will support future online publication of the Memorandum Books, and extracts of capsule biographies from the Memorandum Book annotations will be used to provide additional content for the People of the Founding Era project.