Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
Address and Contact Info
Address: LBJ Library and Museum, 2313 Red River St., Austin, TX 78705
Web site: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/
Online Finding Aid: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/holdings/content.asp
Archivists (principal contacts for advice on the collection):
Hours and usage restrictions
Museum Hours: Open every day, except Christmas, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Reading Room Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and on Federal holidays.
Admission is free.
The Library holds more than 45 million documents, an extensive audiovisual collection, and 1,500 oral history interviews. The papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, which form the core of the Library's holdings, include the White House files of his presidency, 1963-1969, and papers from his service as a U.S. Congressman, 1937-1949; U.S. Senator, 1949-1961; and Vice President, 1961-1963.
In addition, the Library holds the papers of several hundred other individuals, including family, friends, and associates of Lyndon B. Johnson and members of his presidential administration.
Contact the library via email to discuss your research needs - although the contact info on their website is a general email address, they'll direct your query to the appropriate staff member.
Staff members have been very helpful in advance of archival visits. For example, they'll send copies of (specialized) finding aids (eg, "Holdings Related to Women") so that you have a good idea coming in.
Also offers fellowships for research - definitely worth applying!
As of January 2009, there is construction around most of the building. If you are coming from the opposite side of campus, you will need to go around the fencing to reach the entry.
Because of construction (presumably), you enter on the third floor. Tell staff at the desk that you have an appointment with the reading room, and they will call up to let them know you're coming (or may escort you).
Bring a photo ID. You will receive a blue researcher card (standard issue at several presidential libraries). Expect 45 minutes to an hour for your initial orientation with an archivist.
"Fetches" (box pulls) happen at 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15. If you arrive in the 12 o'clock hour, they'll supposedly go ahead and pull for you.
Staff are very friendly, helpful, and easy to work with.
Note: they have 2 "digital camera" stations. If you don't bring your own, apparently you can use theirs - but it appears to have a fee associated with it.
Research room is walled with glass on one side, so you can see the large lockers clearly - plenty of room to store a carry-on if you're coming to/from the airport.
Cab fare from the airport is about $25 one way, or you can take Super Shuttle for about $13 each way.
Where to stay?? -University of Texas-Austin has a hotel on campus, but it's pricey. -Try Google Maps: put in the library address and do a search for hotels or B&Bs. -Star of Texas Inn is about a mile away - just across campus. This is very walkable, and at about $90 per night for lodging and breakfast, the price isn't bad. (Their sister facility, Austin Folk House, is a block closer to the university.)
Where to eat? -Library staff will happily give you recommendations. Not far away - just across a major road, and fortunately OFF campus - there's Longhorn Po'boys, which serves a wide array of food with a lot of Middle Eastern influence (the gyros are good; they have burgers, salads, and other sandwiches on the menu, too).
When to go? -You might check the University of Texas-Austin academic calendar to make sure you don't overlap with big events like football, commencement, or start of the school year. -Football is obviously HUGE here: the stadium is much better than even an NFL facility. This shouldn't be much of an obstacle, though, since games are on weekends and the archive is closed on Saturday/Sunday. -Summer will be very, very hot. If you're not used to Texas weather, expect HOT. In early January 2009, weather included days with 70-degree highs. (If you come from where it's cold, this can be a nice winter relief.)
Do I need a car? -Not necessarily. If you stay near campus, there are plenty of food options in walking distance. On the flip side, the archive will give you a parking permit (no charge), if needed. A car might be nice if you want to explore the area, but it's not absolutely required. NOTE: in March 2009, Austin will be starting a light-rail line. Unsure at this time about extent of that transportation option (does not seem to go to the airport).