The LBJ Presidential Library, situated on thirty acres of the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's fourteen presidential libraries. Over forty-five million documents are contained within the library. There is also an extensive collection of audiovisuals, including 5,000 hours of recordings, over 650,000 photographs, and 54,000 historical items donated by President and Mrs. Johnson, their friends and family, and the citizens of America.
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The Civil Rights exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library is dedicated to the Civil Rights legislation that was passed during LBJ's administration. The exhibit features the desk on which the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It also includes letters from people who benefited from social programs, such as Head Start, and an interactive table that illustrates how a pill is passed. Also included in the library is the November 22, 1963 exhibit which focuses on the transition of power to President Johnson after John F. Kennedy's assassination. It showcases important artifacts from that infamous day and the ones that followed.
The library's Legacy Gallery focuses on the impact of the legislation passed by LBJ on the United States. Anyone who has visited a national park, uses Medicare, received college financial aid, or has ever watched PBS has been impacted by legislation passed by President Johnson. His Great Society vision covered such an array of topics that it's near impossible to not be effected by LBJ's presidency. His legislation significantly changed everyday life in the United States, from the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act to requiring wearing seat belts.
The Social Justice Gallery highlights the reasons why much of the legislation passed by President Johnson was needed, as well as graphics and descriptions of the legislation. Such legislation includes Civil Rights, Medicare, education, The War on Poverty, consumer protections, public broadcasting, his Great Society vision, and beautification. LBJ wanted to create a nation where all Americans had opportunities. Back then, over twenty-five percent of the population didn't have a high school education, and over twenty percent were living in poverty. President Johnson desired to spend his time in office fixing these problems, as well as bring opportunity to those without it. By the end of presidency, Johnson had reduced the percentage of the population living in poverty from twenty to twelve.
A replica of President Lyndon B. John's Oval Office is also present in the LBJ Presidential Library on the tenth floor. The exhibit duplicates the White House office at 7/8th scale exactly as it looked during his presidency, including his books, the desk used during his days in the Senate through his years in the White House, and a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt. According to Johnson, FDR was his inspiration to go into public office. Visitors can also listen to the telephone conversation during which LBJ requested the Oval Office exhibit be added to the library.
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