Located on the UT campus, this monumental facility honors the Hill Country's most famous native son. Lyndon Johnson (1908-73) served as US president following John F. Kennedy's assassination; his turbulent term (1963-69) was marked by the Vietnam War and the civil-rights movement. The eight-story library (1971, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), constructed of travertine marble, is the repository for all presidential documents produced during the LBJ administration-more than 36 million pieces of paper. Archival files, contained in red, acid-free boxes stamped with the gold presidential seal, are opened only for scholars and researchers. Three floors-the first, second and eighth-are open to the public. Tours begin with a 23min film on LBJ's childhood in the Hill Country, his political life in the House and Senate, and finally his White House years. Accompanying exhibits place his life in the context of US history. Display cases showcase handmade gifts from US citizens and bejeweled keepsakes from foreign heads of state. On the eighth floor, Johnson's Oval Office at the White House is replicated in seven-eighths scale.
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