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The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library was established to preserve and make available for research the papers and memorabilia of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. In addition, the Library actively collects the papers of Johnson's contemporaries and conducts an oral history program designed to supplement the written record.

This summary guide is designed to give potential researchers (1) preliminary information on the types of materials housed in the Library, and (2) information on their availability for research. Supplementing this summary are detailed finding aids for individual segments of the collection that are available for use in the Library's Reading Room or on loan.

The Johnson Library is part of a system of presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is a public institution open to all researchers on an equal basis.


The Library records reflect the nation for 40 years--from the '30s through the '60s. They picture a sweep of history beginning with the depression and ending with the most prosperous era we have ever known. They record a drive for change and social reform unparalleled in its energy and scope--and a World War unmatched in its destruction. They chronicle the end of colonialism--and the beginning of the Cold War and the Atomic Age which still threaten mankind. They cover the time when liberty was challenged in Europe and Latin America and Asia--and record America's response to those challenges.

It is all here: the story of our time--with the bark off.

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This Library does not say, "This is how I saw it," but, "This is how the documents show it was."

There is no record of a mistake, nothing critical, ugly, or unpleasant that is not included in the files here. We have papers from my 40 years of public service in one place, for friend and foe to judge, to approve or disapprove.

I do not know how this period will be regarded in years to come. But that is not the point. This Library will show the facts--not just the joy and triumphs, but the sorrow and failures, too.

Remarks of Lyndon B. Johnson
At the dedication of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
May 22, 1971