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Historical Facts about the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library:
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
Other Appropriate Name:
- LBJ Presidential Library
- May 22, 1971
- The library is situated on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas
- The building is on a promontory-like plaza adjoining Sid Richardson Hall and the LBJ School of Public Affairs
- Modern and monolithic in design, the ten-story building is notable for its unornamented travertine exterior
- The east and west walls have a base thickness of eight feet, curving gently upward to the underside walls of the tenth floor, which overhangs the exterior walls by fifteen feet on each side
- The north and south walls are set back fifteen feet, with balconies overlooking the campus and city
- The most notable feature of the interior is the Great Hall, with its ceremonial staircase and a four-story, glass-encased view of the archives collection
- Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Partner-in-charge: Gordon Bunshaft
- Also, Brooks, Barr, Graeber, and White. Partner-in-charge: R. Max Brooks
LBJ Library History and Vision
Learn how the library was planned, Lady Bird Johnson’s influence, the historical significance of the archival collections, and LBJ’s insistence that the history of his times be reflected openly, showing the failures as well as successes. Your host is Harry Middleton, Director of the Library for 30 years.
The Vision of the LBJ Library
“It is all here: the story of our time with the bark off...This Library will show the facts, not just the joy and triumphs, but the sorrow and failures, too.”
“I hope that visitors who come here will achieve a closer understanding ... of the Presidency ... and that young people will get a clearer comprehension of what this nation tried to do in an eventful period of its history.” —from the words of Lyndon Baines Johnson at the dedication of the LBJ Library on May 22, 1971.
The Mission of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
To preserve and protect the historical materials in the collections of the Johnson Library and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibitions and educational programs; to advance the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum's standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world.