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n any given day, students hunch at carrels in the James A. Cannavino Library, every
now and then looking out the window at the mighty Hudson River to be inspired
or simply to rest their eyes from laptop screens. Online, they can view primary documents
in repositories worldwide. Now, they can also step into the library’s own archives and see
the real things, such as letters from America’s Founding Fathers. A remarkable collection
recently donated to Marist College, the Reese Family Papers, features unique items includ-
ing letters signed by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other figures prominent in
American history.
A letter datedMay 5, 1806, fromPresident Thomas Jefferson to Ebenezer Stevens concerned a wine purchase.
Stevens was an officer in the Continental army who also sold supplies to themilitary. His descendants donated
historic papers to Marist College.
of Founding Fathers
Donated to Marist Archives