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RECENTLY OPENED MATERIAL

April 30, 2004

On April 30, 2004, the Library opened recordings and transcripts of President Johnson’s telephone conversations from April through July 1966, as well as two conversations in October 1966 between President Johnson and Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas in which the assassination of President Kennedy is discussed.  Detailed information is available on the Telephone Conversations web site. 


APRIL – JUNE 2004

Textual Records

In the National Security File (NSF), approximately five Hollinger boxes of the Files of Robert Komer were processed and made available for research. Robert Komer was a NSC staff member, Special Assistant to the President, and Deputy for Pacification in Vietnam beginning in 1967. These boxes contain material on India and Kashmir. Approximately four Hollinger boxes of the NSF, Country File were opened for research, including folders on Turkey, Cyprus, Rumania, France, USSR, Cambodia, China, and Laos. From the NSF, Files of Charles Johnson, approximately one-half of a Hollinger box was opened containing folders pertaining to the Soviet space program. Charles Johnson was a senior member of the NSC staff from October 1962 through the close of the Johnson administration. He handled scientific matters, weaponry, arms control, atomic energy, and space matters; he served as the NSC liaison with the AEC and NASA. Approximately five boxes of the NSF, Head of State Correspondence File and NSF, Special Head of State Correspondence File were processed, containing folders on Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Greece, the 1967 Clifford/Taylor Mission to Southeast Asia, and holiday greetings. One and one-half boxes of NSF, International Meetings and Travel File were also processed, containing material on speeches for the President's October 1966 trip to Asia and on the D-Day Celebration in 1964.

Approximately four Hollinger boxes of the Papers of Bromley Smith were made available for research. Bromley Smith served as the Executive Secretary of the NSC from 1961 to 1969. In this capacity he kept track of the NSC daily business and was the executive manager. The boxes processed consist of Smith's chronological files from 1949 through 1971, as well as NSC organizational material.

Oral Histories

The Library opened the following oral history transcripts: Oveta Culp Hobby, head of the Federal Security Agency, Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1953-1955, and wife of former Texas Governor William P. Hobby (27 pages); Eugene McCarthy, US Congressman and Senator and unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate (37 pages); Wallace Terry, author and reporter for the Washington Post, Time, USA Today and Parade (18 pages); Spurgeon Neel, Senior Medical Advisor to General Westmoreland in Vietnam and first Commanding General of Health Services Command (43 pages); Donnelly P. Bolton, Brigadier General during the Vietnam War (64 pages); William Narva, Attending Physician to Congress for four years and consultant to the White House Physician for twenty years (26 pages); Berl Bernhard, staff director of the US Commission on Civil Rights under President Kennedy, special counsel and director of the White House Conference “To Fulfill These Rights” in 1966, and special advisor to Dean Rusk and W. Averell Harriman (15 pages). All of these oral history transcripts are available for research.

Audiovisual Archives

After nearly three years of development, the Library's Active Server Page and search engine for photographic images is now online. Visitors to the site may now access three large groups of image files: images relating to the Vietnam War, images from the photo-essay book, LBJ: The White House Years , and images from June 23-25, 1967, the days of Lyndon Johnson's only summit meetings with the Soviet leader. Detailed caption information and links to downloadable files are provided for each of the more than 700 images.

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January – March 2004

Textual Records

In the National Security File (NSF), approximately four Hollinger boxes of the Files of Robert Komer were opened for research.  Robert Komer was a NSC staff member, Special Assistant to the President, and Deputy for Pacification in Vietnam beginning in 1967.  These boxes contain material on Cyprus, India, and the USSR.  In NSF, Special Head of State Correspondence, two folders on Australia were opened. 

Also opened this quarter were Drew Pearson’s diaries for March, April, and May 1967.  In addition to an account of his trip to Latin America with Chief Justice Earl Warren, the diary entries also contain JFK Assassination-related material.  Library staff also processed approximately one Hollinger box of material from the White House Social Office on Beautification, one and a half Hollinger boxes from the White House Social Files, Alpha File and the White House Social Files, Liz Carpenter’s Alpha File, and one folder of material from the Post-Presidential Name File. 

Oral Histories:

The Library accessioned the oral history transcript of a special interview by Robert Dallek with Governor John B. Connally of Texas; the interview is 33 pages long.  The Library also accessioned a 29-page oral history transcript of Darrell K. Royal, the football coach for the University of Texas at Austin from 1956 through 1976.  Both transcripts are available for research.