During his official visit to the United States, H.E. Mr. U. Khurelsukh, the Prime Minister of Mongolia, visited the Library of Congress. Mongolian delegation visited the Tibetan and Mongolian division of the Library’s the Asian Collections, and viewed a rare book by French author Pétis de la Croix the “Histoire du grand Genghizcan”. Tibetan and Mongolian division has over 600 rare books and approximately 10300 items.
“Histoire du grand Genghizcan” was kept in the personal collection of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, which he collected for over 50 years. President Jefferson donated his personal books collection, including the “Histoire du grand Genghizcan”, to the Library of Congress after it lost its collection during the 1814 war. According to the Mongolian studies professor Jack Weatherford, President Thomas Jefferson used Chinggis Khan’s principles on religious freedom, which were noted in the book “Histoire du grand Genghizcan”, while drafting the Constitution of the United States.
Prime Minister Khurelsukh presented Mongolian books to the Library of Congress and signed the Honorable guest’s book.
The Library of Congress is considered as the largest library in the world with approximately 138 million items.