When the LBJ Presidential Library was dedicated in May 1971, President Johnson proclaimed to the assembled crowd, "It's all here, the story of our time—with the bark off. There is no record of a mistake, or an unpleasantness or a criticism, that is not included in the files here."
Today, the library houses more than 45 million pages; an extensive audiovisual collection, including more than 650,000 photos and 5,000 hours of recordings; and, approximately 2,000 oral history interviews. The Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, which form the core of the Library's holdings, include:
- the White House files of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, 1963-1969
- papers from his Vice Presidency, 1961-1963
- papers from his time as a U.S. Senator, 1949-1961
- papers from his service as a U.S. Congressman, 1937-1949
In addition, the Library holds the papers of several hundred other individuals, including family, friends, and associates of Lyndon B. Johnson and members of his presidential administration.
Keeping in the spirit of the words spoken by President Johnson at the library's dedication, our processed collections–textual and audiovisual—are available for in-person research at the library. A portion of those collections have been digitized and are available here on DiscoverLBJ as well as on our Research Collections website. We are slowly migrating all digitized content from the Research Collections website as well as adding newly digitized content to DiscoverLBJ.
Can't find something on DiscoverLBJ?
- LBJ Library Photo Archive
- Archival Audio & Video Footage | LBJ Library YouTube Page
- The Public Papers of President Johnson | The American Presidency Project
- The Pentagon Papers
- National Archives Catalog
Interested in research at the LBJ Presidential Library?
Please visit LBJLibrary.org for more information about in-person research. Note: We suggest planning ahead and making an appointment with an LBJ Library archivist before visiting the Reading Room for research.