Introduction

 

LBJ Library Holdings 

The LBJ Presidential Library is one of thirteen Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The LBJ Library archives holds more than 35 million pages of manuscripts, an extensive audiovisual collection, and oral history interviews with more than 1,000 individuals.

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 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. The size of manuscript holdings is listed in linear feet. As a rule of thumb, one linear foot includes roughly 2,000 pages. A roll of microfilm holds approximately 1,000 pages.

 

Doing Reseach at the LBJ Library

Our archivists have assembled a number of subject guides about common topics that are designed to provide a starting point for researchers. They include a variety of archival collections but are not intended to be comprehensive. They are currently available here: http://www.lbjlibrary.net/collections/subject-guides/ and will be added to this site soon. 

The Library is open for research from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Reading Room is closed on national holidays. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Library in advance to schedule a research appointment and for information about materials available on their topic. Appointments required to visit Audiovisual Archives. 

Upon arriving at the Library, each researcher will be briefed by an archivist on Reading Room procedures and relevant holdings. Please bring a governoment-issued photo ID. Researchers are welcome to use their own computers and to take photographs of documents using cameras, tablets, or phones. Scanners are not allowed. Photocopies or scans of specific documents or entire folders may also be ordered by email or telephone.

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Access to Holdings

Materials in the Library are available on an equal basis to all researchers. However, some collections have not yet been processed and therefore are not open for research. Manuscript collections that have been processed and opened in whole or in part are marked in this list with an asterisk (*). Researchers should be aware that in some of these cases only a small portion of a collection has been processed and opened. Open folders are denoted on the folder-title lists with an asterisk or the date upon which the folder was opened. 

Furthermore, the Library is required to withdraw certain documents from processed manuscript collections in accordance with federal government regulations or with restrictions imposed by donors in their deeds of gift. Donor restrictions result in the withdrawal of a small number of documents, usually to protect individual privacy. Federal government regulations require the withdrawal of a larger number of documents, usually for reasons of national security.

Documents which have been withdrawn from collections are listed on withdrawal sheets (see above), which are placed in the file folders made available to researchers. Researchers may request the review of donor restricted documents by writing to the Director of the Library. Declassification of security classified documents may be requested through mandatory review.

The Library also loans oral history transcripts, finding aids for manuscript collections, duplicates of task force reports, and additional items as possible. Original documents and files are not available on loan. Contact us for more information.

Copyright

The United States copyright law (P.L. 94-553, effective January 1, 1978) extends statutory rights of authorship to unpublished works, which do not have to be registered with the Copyright Office to receive protection under the law. In general the law provides copyright protection for a term of the life of the author plus fifty years. Works already in the public domain and work prepared by U. S. Government employees as part of official duties are not protected by copyright.

Researchers are advised that copyright gives to the author the sole right of publication and descends to his/her heirs for the term of the copyright, regardless of the ownership of the physical embodiment of the work. Persons wishing to publish any documents, still photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, cartoons, or oral histories should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright. If names of the copyright holders are known to the Library, they will be furnished upon request. 

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Citing Archival Materials

Citations to LBJ Library materials should be specific enough to permit other researchers and Library staff to locate individual items. It is recommended that citations identify items by document type, sender and recipient (for letters and memos) or by title (for reports) or by place of origin and number (for cables), date, folder title, box number, collection, and Library name. Examples for specific collections:

 

White House Central Files (WHCF) 

A memo in the Executive Subject file:

  • Memo, David Hornig to the President, 5/13/65, Ex ED 2, WHCF, Box 5, LBJ Library.

A letter attached to a memo in the General Subject file:

  • Letter, James Webb to Joe Califano, 6/17/65, attached to Califano memo to the President, 6/18/65, GEN LE/FA 2, WHCF, Box 42, LBJ Library.

A photocopy of the first page of a document is used as a cross-reference in the WHCF. In most cases the original is the document of choice for citation. If the cross-reference is sed:

  • Cross reference, Memo, (unknown) to Douglass Cater, 9/22/66, Ex FA 2, WHCF, Box 6, LBJ Library.

See the White House Central Files collection desciption for more information on the cross-reference system.

National Security Files (NSF)

NSF consists of a number of sub-series, including: Country File, Vietnam Country File, Memos to the President, Agency File, and others. These files include numbered documents. It is very important to include the document number, sub-series file name, folder title, and NSF in citations.

  • Cable, State 77828 to Lagos, 12/1/67, #30, “Nigeria, Vol. II,” Country File, NSF, Box 96, LBJ Library.
  • Memo, Charles Schultze and Henry Fowler to the President, 8/3/66, #41a, “Walt Rostow, Vol. 11,” Memos to the President File, NSF, Box 10, LBJ Library.
  • Cable, Tel Aviv 4118, 6/13/67, #12a, “Middle East Crisis, Vol. 5, Tabs 151-169,” National Security Council History, NSF, Box 18, LBJ Library.

Selected other collections

Office Files of the White House Aides

  • Memo, Manatos to McPherson, 3/5/65, “State of the Union,” Office Files of Bill Moyers, Box 42, LBJ Library.

Statements of Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Speakers Notes, 2/8/65, “Remarks of the President on the 55th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America,” Statements of Lyndon Baines Johnson, Box 139, LBJ Library.

Meeting Notes

  • Report, “Summary of Leadership Meeting,” 8/4/64, #3a, “August 4, 1964, Leadership Breakfast,” Meeting Notes File, Box 1, LBJ Library. 

Legislative Background

  • Summary, “Summary of Truth-in-Packaging Bill,” no date, “The Fight Begins Again – 1965 (1 of 2),” Legislative Background, Truth in Packaging, Box 1, LBJ Library.

Task Forces

  • 1965 Outside Task Force on Education, p. 32, Task Force Reports, Box 6, LBJ Library.

White House Social Files

  • Letter, Allen Anderson to Lady Bird Johnson, 8/19/68, “Beautification – Anderson, AF,” White House Social Files, Alpha File, Box 82, LBJ Library.
  • Menu, 2/14/67, “Dinner for Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (Richard Tucker & Nedda Casei performed),” White House Social Files, Liz Carpenter’s File, Box 32, LBJ Library.

House of Representatives and Senate Papers

  • Memo, John Connally to Lyndon Johnson, 3/6/45, “Southwestern University,” 1954 Case Files Relating to War Department Matters, House of Representative Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, Box 35, LBJ Library.
  • Memo, Lyndon Johnson to Walter Jenkins, 8/15/59, “Elections Campaign-Texas Politics,” 1959 Subject Files, Senate Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, Box 669, LBJ Library.
  • Letter, Jake Pickle to Lyndon Johnson, 6/15/54, “Correspondence – J.J. Pickle,” Senate Political Files, Box 19, LBJ Library.

Vice Presidential Papers

  • Agenda, NSC Meeting, 7/9/63, #1a, “National Security Council – 1962-63,” Box 5, Vice Presidential Security File, LBJ Library.
  • Letter, Sargent Shriver to Lyndon Johnson, 6/20/62, “Foreign Relations, Aid, Peace Corps (1 of 2),” Vice Presidential Papers, Box 195, LBJ Library.

Federal Records collections

  • Transcript of Hearing held 7/29/67, “Transcripts and Agenda of Hearings,” Series 8, Box 3, Records of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission), LBJ Library. Memo, Harold Howe to Douglass Cater, 6/18/67, “Legislation,” Records of the Office of Education, Department of HEW, Roll (or Reel) 7, LBJ Library.

 Oral histories

  • Transcript, Bess Abell Oral History Interview I, May 28, 1969, by T. H. Baker, page 27, LBJ Library.

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