National Archives and Records Administration
The Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
July 7, 1997
RELEASE OF PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON LIBRARY
At 9:00 A.M. on July 18, 1997, the Johnson Library will release
recordings and transcripts of telephone conversations recorded
by President Johnson from July 1 through August 31, 1964.
Sixty-six tapes will be released--23 tapes for July and 43
tapes for August. These conversations offer in rich detail a unique
insight into a significant period of the Johnson presidency, covering
such topics as the Gulf of Tonkin attacks, Johnson's choice of
his vice-presidential running mate, the controversy over the seating
of the Mississippi and Alabama delegations at the Democratic Convention
in Atlantic City, and the passage and implementation of two landmark
pieces of legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Economic
Opportunity Act of 1964, usually referred to as the poverty bill.
More detailed information about individual conversations and transcripts
will be available on July 18.
Researchers may either listen to the recordings in the Reading
Room beginning on July 18 or order copies of individual tapes
at a cost of $6.00 per tape, with a minimum order of $10.00. A
limited number of complete sets of newly released tapes will be
available for purchase on the day of opening. Prior arrangements
for purchase of a complete set should be made with the Reading
Room archivist, 512-916-5137, extension 234, by July 14, and orders
will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost of
the set of 66 tapes is $396.00, plus Texas sales tax where applicable.
Once the limited number of sets available have been sold, orders
will be filled once a week as staff time permits.
Copies of transcripts of those conversations which were transcribed
by the President's staff may also be purchased at a cost of $.20
per page by mail or $.10 per page if ordered in the Reading Room.
The exact page count of a complete set of transcripts will be
available on July 14. Researchers should be cautioned that the
transcripts are not always reliable and should never be used without
checking them against the actual recordings to assure accuracy.
Immediately following this tape release, the Library will undergo
an extensive period of renovation that may last up to one year
and will involve significant disruptions to archival processing.
Because of this activity, further processing of the recordings
of telephone conversations may be delayed. Following this release,
the Library will discontinue sending an individual notification
letter to those researchers who have indicated they would like
to be informed of the date of further releases of the recordings. The notification of further releases will be posted in advance
of the release on the Library's Internet web site at
and on the National Archives Internet site at www.nara/gov/president/address.html
and will be reported in National Archives publications. Researchers
are advised to consult those sources for the date of future releases,
or to call the Library's Reading Room at 512-916-5137, extension