Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (the United States)
General information
Location Austin, Texas, United States
Coordinates 30°17′09″N97°43′45″W / 30.2857°N 97.7292°W / 30.2857; -97.7292 Coordinates: 30°17′09″N97°43′45″W / 30.2857°N 97.7292°W / 30.2857; -97.7292
Named for Lyndon B. Johnson
InauguratedDedicated on May 22, 1971
Management National Archives and University of Texas at Austin
Technical details
Size14 acres (5.7 ha)
Design and construction
Architect Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill [1]

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States (1963–1969). It is located on the grounds of the University of Texas at Austin, and is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The LBJ Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including the papers of President Johnson and those of his close associates and others.

Presidential library research library with the collection of a U.S. presidents papers

In the United States, the presidential library system is a nationwide network of 13 libraries administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These are repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, collections and other historical materials of every President of the United States from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. In addition to the library services, museum exhibitions concerning the presidency are displayed.

Museum institution that holds artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, historical, or other importance

A museum is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance. Many public museums make these items available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. The largest museums are located in major cities throughout the world, while thousands of local museums exist in smaller cities, towns and rural areas. Museums have varying aims, ranging from serving researchers and specialists to serving the general public. The goal of serving researchers is increasingly shifting to serving the general public.

Lyndon B. Johnson 36th president of the United States

Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. Formerly the 37th vice president of the United States from 1961 to 1963, he assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A Democrat from Texas, Johnson also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate. Johnson is one of only four people who have served in all four federal elected positions.



President Nixon and former President Johnson at the museum's dedication in 1971 NixonLBJLibrary1971.gif
President Nixon and former President Johnson at the museum's dedication in 1971

The Library was dedicated on May 22, 1971, with Johnson and then-President Richard Nixon in attendance. The view of the Texas State Capitol from the library's terrace became one of the Capitol View Corridors protected under state and local law from obstruction by tall buildings in 1983. [2] The complex, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architects Gordon Bunshaft and R. Max Brooks, is an unadorned 10-story travertine monolith. [3] President Johnson is buried at his ranch, near Johnson City, Texas, at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. After her death in July 2007, the body of Lady Bird Johnson lay in repose in the Library and Museum, just as her husband's had after his death, 34 years earlier in January 1973. [4]

Richard Nixon 37th president of the United States

Richard Milhous Nixon was an American politician who served as the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until 1974. He had previously served as the 36th vice president of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as both a U.S. representative and senator from California.

Texas State Capitol Seat of government of Texas

The Texas State Capitol is the capitol building and seat of government of the American state of Texas. Located in downtown Austin, Texas, the structure houses the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and of the Governor of Texas. Designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed from 1882 to 1888 under the direction of civil engineer Reuben Lindsay Walker. A $75 million underground extension was completed in 1993. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Texas Capitol View Corridors Construction restrictions in Austin, Texas

The Capitol View Corridors are a series of legal restrictions on construction in Austin, Texas aimed at preserving the visibility of the Texas State Capitol from various points around the city. First established by the Texas Legislature in 1983 and recodified in 2001, the corridors are meant to protect the capitol dome from obstruction by high-rise buildings. The corridors significantly limit the potential for the development of new tall structures in downtown Austin.

In 2012, the LBJ Library underwent a multimillion-dollar redesign, during which most of the exhibits were closed. On December 22, the Library reopened to the public. In 2013, the Library began charging admission for the first time since its dedication in 1971. [5] The library's director, Presidential historian Mark K. Updegrove, resigned his position in February 2017. [6] Historian Kyle Longley was named director of the library in June 2018, and assumed duties later that July. [7]

Mark K. Updegrove American historian

Mark K. Updegrove is an American author, historian, journalist, and Presidential Historian for ABC News. He is the president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation in Austin, Texas. Previously, he served as the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum for eight years. He is the author of the newly published book, The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.


The Library, adjacent to the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, occupies a 14-acre (57,000 m²) campus. Although the Library is on the grounds of UT Austin, it is federally run and independent from the University. The top floor of the Library has a 7/8ths scale replica of the Oval Office decorated as it was during Johnson's presidency. Another exhibit features an animatronic LBJ.

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs University of Texas graduate school

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is a graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin that was founded in 1970 to offer professional training in public policy analysis and administration for students interested in pursuing careers in government and public affairs-related areas of the private and nonprofit sectors. Degree programs include a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff), a mid-career MPAff sequence, 16 MPAff dual degree programs, a Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS), eight MGPS dual degree programs, an Executive Master of Public Leadership, and a Ph.D. in public policy.

Oval Office office of the U.S. President

The Oval Office is, since 1909, the working office space of the President of the United States, located in the West Wing of the White House, Washington, D.C.

The LBJ Library provides year-round public viewing of its permanent historical, cultural, and temporary exhibits to approximately 125,000 visitors each year. [8] It is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week throughout the year. The Library is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. [9]

Among the artworks on display at the Library and Museum is a photoengraved mural depicting scenes from Johnson's life created by Naomi Savage. [10]

Naomi Siegler Savage was an American photographer.

LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award

The library honors public servants with the "LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award." The award is given to leaders who demonstrate civility and bipartisanship. Recipients have included President George H. W. Bush, Congressman John Lewis, Congressman John Dingell, Senator Carl Levin, [11] , and Senator John McCain. [12]

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  2. "Downtown Development and Capitol View Corridors" (PDF). Downtown Austin Commission. June 27, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  3. Esto Gallery: Presidential Libraries
  4. Moritz, John. "Lady Bird Johnson Lies In Repose". The Spokesman. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  5. Wheeler, Anne. "LBJ Library Opens New Exhibits After Multi Million Dollar Renovation".
  6. Library, LBJ Presidential. "Mark K. Updegrove to Step Down as LBJ Presidential Library Director – LBJ Presidential Library". Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  7. "Historian Kyle Longley named Director, LBJ Presidential Library". Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  8. "Library & Museum". LBJ Presidential Library. Austin, Texas: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  9. "Plan Your Visit". LBJ Presidential Library. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  10. LBJ Presidential Library (November 22, 1963). "Photo-engraving mural wall by Naomi Savage at the LBJ Library – LBJ Presidential Library". Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  11. "LBJ Foundation Honors Rep. John Dingell and Sen. Carl Levin with LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award" (Press release). Austin, Texas: LBJ Presidential Library. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  12. "2018 LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award". LBJ Library. Retrieved January 24, 2019.

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