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Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973



  • Existence: 1908-1973
  • Existence: 1908-08-27 - 1973-01-22


Lyndon Johnson attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College from 1927-1930. He took a year off (1928-1929) to teach at Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas in order to earn money to continue his education. He graduated with a degree in history and a permanent teaching certificate in 1930. After teaching for a short time, he went to work as a secretary for Congressman Kleburg, beginning his political career. He was later appointed to Texas Director of the National Youth Administration by President Roosevelt. Johnson ran successfully for Congress in 1937 and the Senate in 1948. Following an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960, he was asked to serve as Vice President by John F. Kennedy. Johnson became president after Kennedy’s assassination, serving the rest of JFK’s term and one of his own.

Throughout his political career, Johnson maintained a close relationship with the college in San Marcos, in all its incarnations. He visited the campus frequently, often several times per year, until his death in 1973. Johnson often credited his experiences at college with shaping his policies on education. In 1965, Johnson chose Southwest Texas State College as the location to sign the Higher Education Act into law.

Johnson, regularly referred to as LBJ, continues to have a presence on the Texas State University campus. The student center was named for LBJ, as was an ongoing lecture series. A statue of LBJ as a student was installed on the quad in September 2006. And in celebration of his 100th birthday in 2008, the university published “Connections: Lyndon B. Johnson in San Marcos.”

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Alfred H. Nolle papers

Identifier: 2017-004
Abstract The Alfred H. Nolle papers document the education and professional activities of Alfred H. Nolle including his roles as German language and literature professor, Dean of Southwest Texas State Teachers College, and member of a number of professional and educational organizations. Topics include higher education administration, foreign language education, teacher education, education accreditation, German language and literature, educational honor societies, professional organizations, the...
Dates: 1881-1978, undated

Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ, 2008-2009

Scope and Contents From the Collection:

Collection consists of background materials, such as descriptions of the event and proposals for themes. Also includes materials used and saved from each theme, such as newspaper clippings and press releases, posters, calendars of events, etc. Each year's theme also featured a book, and these are kept with the series. Each series various in documentation; after 2017, the documentation is limited.

Dates: 2008-2009

Daniel Garcia collection of LBJ images

Identifier: 2015-002

Digital images of photographs picturing Dan Garcia and Lyndon B. Johnson. Garcia was a student of Lyndon Johnson's during the time that he taught school in Cotulla, Texas. Images consists of Dan meeting with Johnson as well as images of Johnson's visit to Cotulla in 1966. Also includes a group portrait from 1928 of LBJ with some of the students he taught.

Dates: 1960s and undated

Helen Hornsby collection

Identifier: 90.200-Faculty-2015-Hornsby

Helen Hornsby was one of the first 17 faculty at Southwest Texas State Normal School, teaching from 1903 to 1919. Collection includes materials owned and collected by Helen Hornsby Crawford and her family. Includes topics related to the university, such as Lyndon Johnson, the inauguration of Robert Hardesty, homecoming, and the 50th reunion of the SWT class of 1949.

Dates: 1889-1979, 2008, undated

James Persyn LBJ memorabilia

Identifier: 80.300-LBJ-2014-Persyn

Collection of memorabilia related to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Dates: 1960s

LBJ 100 Celebration Records

Identifier: 11.100-LBJ100-2008

Collection consists of planning materials for the events and the oral history project commemorating Lyndon Baines Johnson's 100th birthday (often referred to as LBJ 100). Most of the materials were created by members of the LBJ Centennial Celebration Steering Committee and overlapped with the Common Experience at Texas State University.

Dates: 2002-2009, undated

Lyndon Baines Johnson collection

Identifier: 80.300-LBJ
Abstract Lyndon B. Johnson attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College from 1927-1930. Throughout his political career, Johnson maintained a close relationship with the college in San Marcos, in all its incarnations. He visited the campus frequently, often several times per year, until his death in 1973. This collection was largely compiled by the University News Service and consists of materials about President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his relationship to his alma mater. The bulk of the...
Dates: 1926-2012; Majority of material found within 1963 - 1973

LBJ-MLK crossroads project collection

Identifier: 2014-002

Just south of Texas State University sits the only known intersection named after both Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK). The LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project culminated in a physical memorial installed in San Marcos, Texas in January 2014. This collection contains records regarding the creation and completion of the memorial.

Dates: 1950s-2014, undated; Majority of material found within 2008 - 2014

Lyndon Baines Johnson distinguished lecture series collection

Identifier: 11.200-LBJLecture

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture Series honors the Texas State University's most distinguished alumnus by fulfilling his promise to bring important leaders to the university to share their philosophies and experiences. Records of individual lectures may include transcripts, videorecordings, press releases, invitations, programs, and photographs.

Dates: 1982-2020

Bill Minutaglio Accessions

Identifier: UPWC-07019

The Bill Minutaglio Accessions include research materials relating to the books City on Fire: The Explosion That Devastated A Texas Town and Ignited A Historic Legal Battle, 2003, The President's Counselor: The Rise To Power of Alberto Gonzales, 2006 (published in a Spanish-language edition as El Asesor del Presidente.), Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life and Dallas 1963 (2013) coauthored with Steve Davis.

Dates: 1943-2008, undated

Patricia Louise Parker Thompson manuscript

Identifier: 80.300-LBJ-2010-Thompson

Collection consists of one working manuscript version of a 1997 dissertation written by Patricia Louise Parker Thompson in pursuit of a doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin. That dissertation topic involves the speech writers that served Lyndon Johnson during his presidency in the United States, including Southwest Texas State University president Robert L. Hardesty.

Dates: 1997, undated

William Pool Papers

Identifier: SWWC-116
Abstract The William Pool Papers span 1845 to 1990 and document the career of William C. Pool. This collection includes correspondence, writings, research, and ephemera from his career as a historian and community member in San Marcos, Texas. The collection is arranged in seven series, Correspondence, Writings by Pool, Subject Files, Organizational Affiliations, Photographs, Newspaper Clippings and Maps. The bulk of the collection are Pool’s writings, which include The...
Dates: 1845-1990; Majority of material found within 1945-1985