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Contents | Introduction | Foreward | Pre-Presidential | Presidential |
| Collections of Personal & Organizational Papers






The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library 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, and papers from his service as a U.S. Congressman, 1937-1949; U.S. Senator, 1949-1961; and Vice President,1961-1963.

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.

These and other collections are described in the pages which follow. 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.



The Library is located at 2313 Red River Street, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The Library is just off Interstate 35 and may be reached by taking the 26th Street exit, marked "LBJ Library and Museum," and following the signs to the Library. One may reach the Library by taxi or bus from Austin's airport, which is about ten minutes from the Library and is served by several major airlines.

Overnight accommodations are within easy walking distance of the Library. A few restaurants are nearby, and snacks and meals are available at the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center behind the Library. Most national chains have hotels or motels which are a brief drive from the Library.



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 planning a visit should notify the Library of their research topic and travel plans as far in advance as possible. Prospective researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Library for information about materials available on their topic. Upon arriving at the Library, each researcher will be briefed by an archivist on Reading Room procedures and relevant holdings.

Photocopies of documents may be ordered in the Reading Room. Consult the Reading Room archivist for instructions about placing orders. For information about obtaining copies of audiovisual materials, see the introduction to Audiovisual Materials. Fees for photocopies of documents and reproductions of audiovisual materials are set by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Researchers are welcome to use their own computers and typewriters in the Reading Room. Transcribing devices are permissible as long as other researchers are not disturbed.

The Library will provide answers to specific questions received by telephone or mail if the information desired is reasonably brief and pertinent to the Library's archival holdings. Photocopies of specific documents or entire folders may also be ordered by mail or telephone. However, the Library cannot undertake substantial research for a requester or select documents for copying.



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.

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, 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 Librar.  Declassification of security classified documents may be requested through mandatory review.



The Library loans oral history transcripts, finding aids for manuscript collections, duplicates of task force reports, and additional items as possible. As many as four items may be borrowed at one time. No further loans will be made to the same researcher until previously loaned items are returned. Original documents and files are not available on loan.

Finding aids are available for collections which have been opened for research in whole or in part. Finding aids include folder title lists and, in some cases, descriptions of folder contents.

Until increased demand dictates otherwise, loan requests may be made directly to the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Archivist at the Library. Items will be sent directly to the researcher's home or office or to another interLibrary loan institution. A request list may be submitted, and four items at a time will be sent until the list is exhausted.

Loans are made for a period of two weeks. Renewals are available upon written or telephone request (512-721-0212) if the particular item is not in demand by another researcher.

Transcripts of oral histories include a copy of the deed of gift that specifies any restrictions, including literary property rights, copyright, and photocopying restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to abide by these restrictions.

Access to certain oral history transcripts requires written permission of the interviewee. Researchers may contact the Library for addresses of these individuals as well as suggested draft letters and permission forms.



Citations to Johnson Library materials should be specific enough to permit other researchers and Library staff to locate individual items. The Library frequently receives requests for documents cited by other researchers.

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. Some examples follow:

WHITE HOUSE CENTRAL FILES, SUBJECT FILE: Memo, Donald Hornig to the President, 5/13/65, Ex ED 2, Box 5, WHCF, LBJ Library.

WHITE HOUSE CENTRAL FILES, CONFIDENTIAL FILE: Report to the President from the Cabinet Committee on Balance of Payments, 7/7/65, filed with Francis Bator memo to the President, 6/9/65, C.F. FO 4-1, Box 49, WHCF, LBJ Library.

OFFICE FILES OF WHITE HOUSE AIDES: Memo, Mike Manatos toHarry McPherson, 3/5/65, "State of the Union," Box 42 (1757), Office Files of Bill Moyers, LBJ Library. (When citing Aides Files, it is very helpful to include in parentheses the four-digit central file storage box number.)

NATIONAL SECURITY FILE: Cable, Saigon 1195, 12/21/63, #43, "Volume II," Box 1, Country File, Vietnam, National Security File, LBJ Library. (When citing the National Security File, it is very helpful to include the document number written in pencil and underlined in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of each document.)

PRE-PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS: Letter, Lyndon Johnson toWinston Churchill, 1/2/55, Churchill, Winston," Box 2, LBJA Famous Names, LBJ Library.

PERSONAL PAPERS OTHER THAN LYNDON B. JOHNSON'S: Letter, Lyndon Johnson to Ramsey Clark, 9/13/67, "President's Correspondence," Box 34, Papers of Ramsey Clark, LBJ Library.

STILL PHOTOGRAPHS: D 0914-22, 7/5/68, Photo by FrankWolfe, Presidential Collection, LBJ Library.

ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS: Transcript, Dean Rusk Oral History Interview, 9/26/69, by Paige E. Mulhollan [name of interviewer], tape 1, p. 5, LBJ Library.




The United States copyright law (P.L. 94-553, effective January 1, 1978) extends statutory rights of authorship to unpublished works, which were previously protected by literary property rights under common law. Such works 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. Unpublished and uncopy-righted works created before January 1, 1978, are covered as of that date by this same provision and are protected at the minimum until December 31, 2002. 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 heirs for the term of the copyright, regardless of the ownership of the physical embodiment of the work. Persons wishing to publish any unpublished writings included in the papers of the Library should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright. Permission to reproduce copyrighted materials in the Library's still photograph, motion picture, cartoon, and oral history collections must also be obtained from the copyright holder.

If names of the copyright holders are known to the Library, they will be furnished upon request. Some individuals who have given their papers to the Library have dedicated their literary property rights or have transmitted their copyrights to the U. S. Government.

The copyright law provides for "fair use" of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. Fair use encompasses scholarship and research, although the extent of such use is bounded by limitations on quotation and reproduction.