Dr. Betty Sue Flowers

Dr. Betty Sue Flowers

Betty Sue Flowers, received Archivist Award during ceremonies at the National Archives in Washington

Nov 28, 2007

LBJ Library Director, Betty Sue Flowers, received Archivist Award during ceremonies at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

LBJ Library Director, Betty Sue Flowers, received Archivist Award during ceremonies at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The "Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century" was launched in February 2007. This web-based resource makes primary- and secondary-source materials from the National Archives' Presidential libraries readily and freely available to students, educators, and adult learners throughout the world. Without the vision and dedication of Betty Sue Flowers, director of the Johnson Library, this groundbreaking web site would not have been created.

Betty Sue recognized that a visual representation of the Presidents' lives and the issues they confronted could be a compelling learning, teaching, and discovery tool for a broad range of users.

To bring this tool into existence, she led a team of partners that included the University of Texas at Austin, the Johnson Library, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. The team secured the necessary funding, hardware, and services; offered technical expertise; and provided project management for this complex, multi-faceted endeavor. They brought together all of NARA's Presidential libraries in an unprecedented collaboration, coordinating the submission of hundreds of digitized documents, photos, and audio and video clips-many of which were previously available only to people who could visit the libraries in person.

In addition, the team oversaw the creation of educational activities to accompany the digital assets. Digital assets will continue to be added to the Timeline.

This award is presented to Betty Sue Flowers in recognition of her vision, persistence, and leadership in developing the Presidential Timeline." - Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States