Five presidents (President George H. W. Bush and former presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon) at the dedication ceremony o Reagan Presidential Library, November 4, 1991. © David Hume Kennerly. di_08351

Capturing the Presidency

May 01, 2013

by Jordan Schraeder
[posted on on April 30, 2013]

In 1972, Richard Nixon told his security advisers, “Never forget—the press is the enemy.”

Historian Don Carleton, executive director of UT’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, begs to differ.

“We need to remind people of the important role news media have in what we know about the president and our government,” Carleton says. “Journalism is not some dusty remnant of the past nobody should be interested in.”

That’s the premise behind News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency, a collaboration between the Briscoe Center and the recently renovated LBJ Library. The inaugural exhibit in the library’s new temporary gallery, News to History chronicles 13 administrations—from FDR to Obama—that have spanned the last 80 years. Thanks to donated collections by famed photojournalists including Dirck Halstead, Diana Walker, and UT’s own Lucian Perkins, BA ’77, the Briscoe Center currently preserves the largest single collection of photographs of the U.S. presidency outside of Washington, D.C.—and some of its best holdings are now on display. read more

News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency will be on display at the LBJ Library through Oct. 1.