Washington, October 1940; Samuel Houston Johnson; Alice Glass; Big Oil….  Historian Robert de Caro’s article “The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives” illuminates the discoveries and challenges found when researching in manuscripts!  Remembering his first visit to the Johnson Presidential Library and Archives in Austin, “In front of me was a broad, tall marble staircase. At its top was a glass wall four stories high. Behind the glass, on each of the four stories, were rows of tall, red boxes—a hundred and seventy-five rows across, each row six boxes high—with, on the front of each box, a gold circle that was a replica, I was to learn, of the Presidential seal. As I climbed the stairs, there came into view more boxes, long lines of them stretching back into the gloom as far as I could see.”  To read the entire article and learn some of his trials, tribulations and discoveries https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/28/the-secrets-of-lyndon-johnsons-archives?te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_nn_p_20190124&section=whatElse

 

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