Special Files

Major Collections

Administrative Histories

  • Partially available for research
  • Less than 1% digitized
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  • 64 series, including:
    • Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
    • Council of Economic Advisers
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Defense
    • Department of Health, Education and Welfare
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Department of the Interior
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Labor
    • Department of State
    • Department of Transportation
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • General Services Administration
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Office of Economic Opportunity
    • Office of Science and Technology
    • Post Office Department
    • Selective Service System
    • U.S. Civil Service Commission

This collection consists of narrative histories and supporting documentation describing the history of various departments and agencies of the Executive Branch during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The histories document the process of arriving at and implementing major decisions, and focus on significant events involving the department or agency. At the request of President Johnson, in May of 1968, agencies compiled these narrative histories and supporting documentation as part of the Departmental Histories Project.

Go to National Archives Catalog for a complete collection and series descriptions [NAID: 1544867]

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White House Handwriting File, 1938 - 1/1969

  • 2 series

1. Pre-Presidential Handwriting Files, ca. 1938 - ca. 1963

  • 1 linear foot
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  • 0% digitized

During Lyndon B. Johnson’s years as President, a staff assistant, Dorothy Territo, had the responsibility of collecting and bringing together documents which included President Johnson’s handwriting. Territo placed material from Johnson’s pre-presidential years in this series. Although the bulk of the series consists of notes and doodles, the series contains a few edited speech drafts, some drafts of correspondence, notes related to congressional headcount tallies, and handwritten lists. The series includes notes taken by Johnson at his desk, on the floor of the Senate, at White House meetings, and other places. 

2. Presidential Handwriting, 11/1963 - 1/1969

  • 1 linear foot
  • Available for research
  • 0% digitized

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s staff assistant, Dorothy Territo, was responsible for collecting documents in the White House that included Johnson’s handwriting; she placed those created during his Presidency in this series. The staff often gave her documents containing Presidential handwriting before making copies for other files; thus, the original of a document appears in this series, but frequently does not appear in other relevant files. The series includes the President’s handwritten notes and doodles, unidentified doodles and notes made by people attending White House meetings, correspondence and memoranda annotated in the President’s handwriting, drafts edited by the President, and other documents including the President’s handwriting. 

Go to National Archives Catalog for complete collection and series descriptions [NAID: 19077116]

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Legislative Background and Domestic Crises File

  • 41 linear feet
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  • Less than 1% digitized
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54 series, including:

    • Airline Mechanic Strike Files
    • Aluminum Price Increases Files
    • Appalachian Regional Development Act and Public Works and Economic Development Act Files
    • Arts and Humanities Foundation Files
    • Asian Development Bank Files
    • Civil Rights Act of 1964 Files
    • Clean Air Files
    • Consular Treaty Files
    • Copper Price Increase Files
    • Education Professions Development Act Files
    • Voting Rights Act of 1965

Background documentation for significant legislative achievements and major domestic crises during the Johnson presidency, compiled in 1968 by White House staff members, 1963-1968.

Go to National Archives Catalog for complete collection and series descriptions [NAID: 1327771]

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Meeting Notes Files, 1981 - 1981

  • 2 linear feet
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  • Less than 1% digitized
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  • 1 series

This series is arranged chronologically and consists of the notes and supporting material for 160 White House meetings, including more than 70 of President Lyndon B. Johnson's (LBJ) meetings with his foreign policy advisers, both within and outside the U.S. government. The supporting material includes memorandums, attendance lists, transcripts, handwritten notes, summaries of meetings, memorandums of conversations, telegrams, correspondence, press releases, agendas, drafts, statements, reports, chronologies, briefings, and maps.

Go to National Archives Catalog for complete collection and series descriptions [NAID: 7820641]

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Office of the President File, 1945-1969

  • 5 linear feet
  • Partially available for research
  • 0% digitized
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Consists mainly of folders on individual Cabinet officials, aides, associates, and friends. Access to these files was strictly controlled by the President, and materials he deemed sensitive were filed here. 

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President's Daily Diary, 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969

  • 4 series

1. President's Daily Diary, 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969

    • 7 linear feet
    • Available for research
    • 100% digitized
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The series is comprised of a day-by-day record of the President's activities, maintained by secretaries outside the Oval Office. As visits and telephone calls occurred, the secretary "working" the Diary would note them; occasionally the secretary missed noting a call or meeting. 

2. Appointment Files (Diary Backup), 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969

      • 45 linear feet
      • Available for research
      • 1% digitized
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This series contains items related to President Lyndon B. Johnson's schedule, such as briefing papers and talking points, agendas, memorandums, guest lists, and press releases. 

3. Diary Cards, 11/22/1963 - 1/20/1969

      • 24 linear feet
      • Available for research
      • 0% digitized

The diary cards serve as an index to the President's Daily Diary. They were prepared by White House secretaries. 

4. President's Diary Maintained by Appointment Secretary, 11/22/1963 - 1/19/1965

      • 1 linear foot including microfilm
      • Available for research
      • 0% digitized

Go to National Archives Catalog for complete collection and series descriptions [NAID: 1152]

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Reports to the President on Enrolled Legislation, 11/26/1963 - 10/30/1968

  • 4 series

1. Reports on Enrolled Public Laws, 11/26/1963 - 10/25/1968

  • 29 linear feet
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  • 0% digitized

The reports, prepared by the Office of Legislative Reference Assistant Directors Philip S. Hughes, Wilfred Rommel, and James M. Frey (acting assistant), take the form of a memo summarizing the purpose of the legislation, outlining agency recommendations, and discussing the implications and ramifications of the legislation. The final executive action taken on the legislation is noted on the report.

2. Reports on Enrolled Private Laws, 12/11/1963 - 10/24/1968

  • 6 linear feet
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  • 0% digitized

This series contains reports on legislation known as private laws when signed by the President. Private laws are intended to benefit or affect a single individual, family, business, association, or other limited group.

3. Reports on Enrolled Legislation Vetoed, 12/31/1963 - 10/30/1968

  • 1 linear foot
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  • 0% digitized

This series contains reports on enrolled legislation vetoed by the President either by returning the legislation to Congress with a veto message or through the exercise of a pocket veto. 

4. Enrolled Legislation Transmittal Letters, 11/26/1963 - 10/25/1968

  • Less than 1 linear foot
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  • 0% digitized

The series consists of carbon copies of letters from the White House Executive Clerk, William J. Hopkins, to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget transmitting copies of enrolled legislation that had passed both the House of Representatives and Senate and was awaiting the approval of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The letters requested reports and recommendations as to the approval of a particular bill

Go to National Archives Catalog for complete collection and series descriptions [NAID: 598862]

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Reports on Pending Legislation, 11/22/1963 - 10/4/1968

  • 20 linear feet
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  • 0% digitized
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This series contains weekly status reports and summaries on legislation pending before Congress that affected executive agencies and departments. Reports often concerned bills that formed part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's legislative agenda.

Go to National Archives Catalog for complete collection and series descriptions [NAID: 593311]

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Special File on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, 1963-1967

  • 3 linear feet
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Assembled in response to the 1967 publication of William Manchester's The Death of a President, the file includes originals and copies of documents from other files and FBI reports on the deaths of John Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Statements Files, 9/23/1927 - 12/26/1972

  • 124 linear feet
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  • Less than 1% digitized
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  • 1 series

This series contains transcripts of speeches, messages, remarks and background materials for public statements made by Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) throughout his career. Included are editorials published in the Southwest Texas State Teachers College weekly student newspaper, "The College Star"; radio addresses and speeches made during the election campaigns for the House of Representatives in 1937, the Senate in 1941, 1948, and 1954, the vice-presidency in 1960, and the presidential election in 1964; and speeches made while a member of the House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator, Senate majority whip, Senate minority leader, Senate majority leader, vice president and president of the United States.

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Task Force Reports

  • 11 linear feet
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Reports of interagency and outside task forces, prepared for the Office of the President. Task forces were used to formulate specific policy recommendations for each legislative year. 1964-1968.

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White House Famous Names

  • 3 linear feet
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Includes correspondence with former Presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and other prominent figures.

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Other collections

Cabinet Papers

  • 9 linear feet
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Memoranda, letters, agendas, minutes, reports, press releases, booklets, pamphlets. The files document the activities of the Cabinet—attendance, topics discussed, etc.—and include summaries of departmental accomplishments during the Johnson Presidency.

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Cartoon Collection

  • 3 linear feet
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Photocopies of the LBJ Museum's original editorial cartoons about Lyndon B. Johnson, his political career, and his presidency, 1953-1973.

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Congressional Favors File

  • 16 linear feet
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Records of calls from the White House legislative liaison staff to Senators and Congressmen to notify them of federal contracts, loans, and projects in their districts, 1961-1968.

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Facsimiles of Public Laws

  • 16 linear feet
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  • Less than 1% digitized
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Facsimiles of the original signed copies, which are located in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., 1963-1969.

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Letters of Credence

  • 3 linear feet
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Letters of credence, briefing memoranda, remarks, and other material related to the presentation of credentials by foreign ambassadors, 1963-1969.

 

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Mail Summaries

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Weekly reports on mail received in the White House Mail Room addressed to President Johnson, 1963-1969.

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Presidential Aircraft Logs and Manifests, 11/22/1963 - 1/19/1969

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This series is comprised of materials related to the Presidential helicopter and Presidential plane, Air Force One. It includes times and dates of flights and lists of passengers, and occasionally also contains notes about the purpose of the trip or information about the passengers, such as titles or relationships to the President.

Go to National Archives Catalog for the complete series description [NAID: 33089373]

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Presidential Memoranda for Heads of Departments and Agencies

  • 1 linear foot
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A reference set of presidential directives and messages, 1963-1969. 

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Record Book of the First Lady

  • 2 linear feet
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Scrapbooks of sample programs, invitations, guest lists, menus, place cards, and other items from White House functions. 

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President's Night Reading and Signing Table Lists

  • 3 linear feet
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Annotated lists that describe documents from White House staff which were presented to the President each evening for his reading, and material which was prepared each day for the President's signature, 1964-1969. 

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Records of the Task Force on the Education of Gifted Persons

  • 11 linear feet
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Includes correspondence, transcripts and notes of meetings, and staff reports, 1967-1968. 

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Scrapbooks

  • 156 volumes

Oversize volumes of clippings from major eastern dailies, arranged chronologically, 1963-1969.

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Special File Pertaining to Abe Fortas and Homer Thornberry

  • 4 linear feet
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Concerns the nomination of Abe Fortas as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Homer Thornberry as an Associate Justice, with some earlier Fortas correspondence, 1955-1968. 

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