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MANUSCRIPTS AND ARCHIVES: PAPERS OF
LYNDON B. JOHNSON: PRE-PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PAPERS, 1937-1949


SENATE PAPERS, 1949-1961
SENATE POLITICAL FILES,1949-1960
VICE PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS, 1961-1963
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON ARCHIVES, 1927-1967
PRE-PRESIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL FILE, 1932-1964
FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE, 1887-1968
NOTES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF JOHNSON CONVERSATIONS, 1951-1963

An asterisk (*) indicates that a collection has been opened for research in whole or in part. "-1" indicates that a collection contains less than one linear foot of material.

I. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PAPERS, 1937-1949

Lyndon B. Johnson represented the Tenth Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives from April 10, 1937, to January 3, 1949. He was elected in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman James P. Buchanan. Johnson served as lieutenant commander in the United States Navy from December 9, 1941, to July 27, 1942. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1941 and was elected to the Senate on November 2, 1948.

While in the House, Johnson served as a member of the Committee on Naval Affairs, 1937-1946, and its successor committee, the Committee on Armed Services, 1947-1948; the Select Committee on Post War Military Policy, 1944-1945; the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 1947-1948; and the Board of Visitors to the Naval Academy, 1947-1948.

 

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*Political Correspondence

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        1937 Campaign

 

        1938 Campaign

 

        1940 Campaign

 

        Democratic National Committee, 1938-1944

 

        1941 Senatorial Campaign

 

        1942 Campaign

 

        1944 Campaign

 

        1946 Campaign

 

        1948 Senatorial Campaign

 

        File Cards, 1939-1948

 

*Correspondence

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        Commendations to and from LBJ, 1938-1949

 

        Complimentary References, 1940

 

        Condolences to and from LBJ, 1939-1940

 

        Congratulations, 1940, 1946-1947

 

        Courtesy, 1939, 1946

 

        Donations, 1939-1947

 

        General, A-Z, 1946

 

        Gifts, 1939-1947

 

        Personal, 1937

 

        Reading File, 1942-1945

 

        Texas Press Clipping Bureau, 1937-1939

 

        Truman: Letters from LBJ, 1948

 

        Miscellaneous, 1937-1948

 

*Congressional Committees and Legislative Matters

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        Naval Affairs Committee, 1938-1948

 

        Armed Services Committee, 1947-1948

 

        Atomic Energy Commission, 1947-1948

 

        Legislative Matters, 1938-1948

 

*Project Files

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        Lower Colorado River Authority and other Flood Control and Public Power Projects, 1937-1944

 

*Case Files

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        Service Academies, 1938-1948

 

        Constituents, W-Z, 1941

 

        Veterans, 1943-1948

 

        War Department (and Army), 1940-1948

 

        Military Branches:

 

            Army, 1945-1948

 

            Navy, 1946-1947

 

            Marines, 1946-1947

 

            Coast Guard, 1946-1948

 

        Positions, 1946-1948

 

        Departments and Agencies

 

            1946

 

            1947

 

            1948

 

        Miscellaneous, 1939-1947

 

*Office Files, 1940-1948

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*Speech Files, 1937-1948

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*Photographs

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*Clippings, 1933-1948

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*Case Files of W. Lee O'Daniel, 1946-1948

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*Scrapbooks

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II. SENATE PAPERS, 1949-1961

Lyndon B. Johnson was elected to the Senate on November 2, 1948, for the term beginning January 3, 1949. He was reelected in 1954 and again in 1960. He served as majority whip, 1951-1953; minority leader, 1953-1955; and majority leader, 1955-1961. He was nominated for the office of Vice President of the United States by the Democratic Party at the convention in Los Angeles in 1960, and was elected Vice President on November 8, 1960. He resigned from the Senate on January 3, 1961.

While in the Senate, Johnson served as the chairman of the Aeronautical and Space Sciences Committee, 1958-1960, and chairman of the Preparedness Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, 1950-1960. He served as a member of the Armed Services Committee, 1949-1960; the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, 1949-1954; the Finance Committee, 1955; the Appropriations Committee, 1956-1958; the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 1952-1953; and the Board of Visitors to the Coast Guard Academy, 1952.

 

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*Card Indexes of Correspondence, 1948-1953

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*"Masters Files," 1953-1961

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*Legislative Files, 1949-1960

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*Nomination Files, 1949-1957

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*Committee Files

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        Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, 1949-1954

 

        Committee on Armed Services, 1949-1960

 

        Other Committee Papers, 1959-1960

 

*Papers of the Democratic Leader, 1951-1960

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*General Correspondence Files, 1948-1961

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*Subject Files, 1958-1961

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*Case and Project Files

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        Departmental Files, 1949-1953

 

        Military Case Files, 1949-1953

 

        Rivers and Harbors Files, 1949-1953

 

        Veterans Case Files, 1949-1953

 

        Positions Files, 1949-1958

 

        Case and Project Files, 1953-1957

 

        Case Files, 1958-1961

 

*Academy Appointment Files, 1949-1960

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*Chronological Files, 1958-1961

26

*Office Files, 1949-1961

12

*Papers relating to Scott and White Memorial Hospitals and Scott, Sherwood, and Brindley Foundation, 1950-1954


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*Christmas Cards, 1958, 1960

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*Newspaper Clippings, 1949-1960

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*Speech File, 1951-1960

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III. SENATE POLITICAL FILES, 1949-1960

These files include material on the following subjects: 1) Johnson's political contacts in Texas during the five years following his 1948 election to the U.S. Senate; 2) his 1954 race for reelection to the Senate; 3) his 1956 "favorite son" candidacy for the presidential nomination; and 4) his bids in 1960 for the presidential and vice-presidential nominations and his campaign for the Kennedy-Johnson ticket.

 

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*Campaign Files, 1949-1954

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*Papers Relating to the 1956 Campaign, 1955-1956

12

*Campaign Files, 1957-1958

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*Papers Relating to the 1960 Campaign, 1959-1960

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IV. VICE PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS, 1961-1963

Lyndon B. Johnson served as the Vice President from January 20, 1961, until President Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963.

While Vice President, he served as President of the Senate and as Chairman of the National Aeronautics and Space Council, the Peace Corps National Advisory Council, and the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. He was also a member of the National Security Council, the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, the Civil War Centennial Commission, the Commission for Extension of the United States Capitol, and the United States Constitution 175th Anniversary Commission. Johnson also traveled extensively abroad during his vice presidency, representing the Kennedy Administration.

 

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*"Masters Files," 1961-1963

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Subject Files, 1961-1963

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Academy Appointment Files, 1961-1963

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*Congressional Files, 1961-1963

4

*Working Papers of the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, 1961-1963

2

Correspondence of the Vice President-Elect, 1960-1961

1

Correspondence of the Vice President-Elect relating to Inaugural Festivities, 1960-1961

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Case Files, 1961-1963

42

Office of the Vice President Files, 1961-1963

2

Vice Presidential Travel Files, 1961-1963

7

*Vice Presidential Security Files

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        Vice-Presidential Travel, 1961-1963

 

        President Kennedy's Travel, 1963

 

        National Security Council, 1961-1963

 

        Colonel Burris, 1961-1964

 

        National Security Policy, 1961-1963

 

        Nations and Regions, 1961-1963

 

        Foreign Dignitaries Visit the United States, 1961-1963

 

        Government Agencies, 1961-1963

 

        Aircraft, 1961-1964

 

        Space, 1961-1963

 

        Miscellany, 1961-1963

 



V. LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON ARCHIVES, 1927-1967

In 1958 the Johnson Senate staff created the Lyndon Baines Johnson Archives (LBJA) as part of its plan to institute a records management program. The staff screened Lyndon B. Johnson's noncurrent House and Senate files, scheduled portions for disposal, and placed many items of permanent value in LBJA. From 1958 to 1963 the staff continued to file documents in LBJA, and a few items were added during Johnson's presidency.

LBJA consists of five files:
 

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*Famous Names File, 1938-1966

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*Selected Names File, 1934-1967

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*Congressional File, 1937-1967

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*Subject File, 1927-1963

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Name File, 1937-1963

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VI. PRE-PRESIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL FILE, 1932-1964

This file includes material maintained by Walter Jenkins while he served on Lyndon B. Johnson's pre-presidential staff. The material mainly concerns Lyndon B. Johnson's 1941 and 1948 Senate campaigns and such individuals as George Parr, Felix Longoria, and Robert G. Baker.

 

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*Name Files, 1932-1964

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*Campaign Files, 1937-1961

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*Subject Files, Lists, Non-Campaign Financial Records,
and Vice Presidential Material

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VII. FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE, 1887-1968

 

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*The collection includes Lyndon B. Johnson's correspondence with his mother, brother, sisters, daughters, sons-in-law, and other family members, and correspondence among ancestors and other relatives which was given to Johnson or to his mother. Also included is a folder of material pertaining to his father's career in the Texas state legislature.

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VIII. NOTES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF JOHNSON CONVERSATIONS, 1951-1963

 

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*The collection includes records of Johnson's telephone conversations with Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, Senate colleagues, Cabinet members, White House staff, Texas political contacts, news reporters, and labor leaders. The conversations were monitored by an aide who took notes or were recorded on disks or dictaphone belts.

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For additional pre-presidential material, see the following listings under Presidential Papers: II. Office Files of the White House Aides--Walter Jenkins, George Reedy, Mildred Stegall, Willie Day Taylor, and Dorothy Territo; V. Special Files--Diaries and Appointment Logs of Lyndon B. Johnson; Statements of Lyndon B. Johnson.