Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum


Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Infobox presidential library
name =Lyndon Baines Johnson Library


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location = Austin, Texas, USA
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completion_date =
dedication_date =May 22, 1971
named_for =Lyndon B. Johnson
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size =14 acres (57,000 m²)
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manager =National Archives
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The library houses 40 million pages of historical documents, including the papers of Lyndon Baines Johnson and those of his close associates and others. The library was dedicated on May 22, 1971, with Johnson and then-President Richard Nixon in attendance. The current director is Dr. Betty Sue Flowers.

The library, adjacent to the LBJ School of Public Affairs, occupies 14 acres (57,000 m²) on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The top floor of the library has a 7/8ths scale replica of the Oval Office decorated as it was during Johnson's presidency. The museum provides year-round public viewing of its permanent historical and cultural exhibits and its many traveling exhibits. The library is the only presidential library not to charge admission, and has the highest visitation of any presidential library (with the exception of the first two or three years of any new presidential library, which in some cases sees more visitors).cite news | url=http://www.baylor.edu/bushproposal/index.php?id=40665 | title=Baylor University Proposal for Bush Presidential Library | publisher=Baylor University | date=2007 | accessdate = 2007-11-04]

Upon her death in July 2007 Lady Bird Johnson lay in repose in the Library and Museum, just as her husband had 34 years earlier.

External links

* [http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/ The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum]
* [http://www.lbjfoundation.org/ The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation]
* [http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/ The LBJ School of Public Affairs]

References

Further reading

Benjamin Hufbauer, "Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory" (University Press of Kansas, 2005). See ch.3: "Symbolic Power, Democratic Access, and the Imperial Presidency: The Johnson Library."


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