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INTRODUCTION

This list includes the principal files in the Johnson Library that contain material relating to the Voting Rights Act and the events in Selma, Alabama, in March, 1965. It is not definitive, however, and researchers should consult with the Library’s archivists about other potentially useful files. The guide includes those collections which have been opened for research in part or in whole, and those collections which are currently unprocessed or unavailable. The Library has also prepared lists of material available on the following related topics: Civil Rights; The 1957 Civil Rights Bill; Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP); George Wallace.

Box #
FG 135, Department of Justice
183-184, 187
FG 155-18, Community Relations Service
229
FG 634, Commission on Civil Rights
375-376
HU 2, Equality of the Races
3
HU 2/ST 1, Equality of the Races/Alabama
24,25,27-29
HU 2-7, Voting
55,56
LE/HU 2, Legislation/Equality of the Races
65
LE/HU 2-7, Legislation/Voting
66-67, 72
LG/Selma, Local Government/Selma
11
SP 2-3/1965/HU 2-7, Voting Rights Message
67-70
SP 3-102, Signing Ceremony of the Voting Rights Bill
177

WHITE HOUSE CENTRAL FILES (WHCF), SUBJECT FILE

This permanent White House office was the main filing unit during the Johnson presidency, although not the primary file for foreign policy documents. Material was filed under 60 major subject headings, several of which are pertinent to the Voting Rights Act and the Selma incident. For descriptions of the major subject headings, see the finding aid for the WHCF, Subject File.

Box #
FG 135, Department of Justice 28
FG 155-18, Community Relations Service 29
FG 634, Commission on Civil Rights 39
HU 2, Equality of the Races 56 [1 of 2]
HU 2/ST 1, Equality of the Races/Alabama 56 [2 of 2]
HU 2-7, Voting 57 [1 of 2]
LE/HU 2, Legislation/Equality of the Races 63 [2 of 2]
LE/HU 2-7, Legislation/Voting 63 [2 of 2]
SP 2-3/1965/HU 2-7, Voting Rights Message 88
[U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 1965 Report: “Voting in Mississippi” and
“Hearings before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, vol. 1, Voting, 2/16-
20/65”]

CONFIDENTIAL FILE (CF)Arranged in the same subject

Arranged in the same subject categories as the WHCF Subject File, this file contains material that was security classified or otherwise sensitive.The CF Name File serves as a name index to the CF Subject File. The CF has been processed, but some documents remain classified.

Ceil Bellinger Box #
“Voting Registration” 18
Horace Busby
“Voting Rights, Bill Signing, etc.” 3
“Voting Rights Message” 3
Richard Goodwin
“Civil Rights: Background Material” 20
Harry McPherson
“Civil Rights – 1965” [3 folders] 21
“Civil Rights” [1 of 5] 21
Mike Manatos
“Voting Rights” 10
Bill Moyers
“Voting Rights Message” [1 of 2] 6

OFFICE FILES OF THE WHITE HOUSE AIDES

Many White House aides maintained office files of their own, physically separate from the White House Central Files. The files of each aide reflect his or her responsibilities. This list is not definitive, but it does include most pertinent folder titles. Please consult the finding aids for more detailed information on White House aides and their files.

“Voting Rights Message” [2 of 2] 6
Fred Panzer
“Voting Participation & Registration” 500
Will Sparks
“Voting Rights Act” 22
Mildred Stegall
Civil Rights and Related Matters April 1964-September 1965 –
General (8 Reports)
63 A
Race Relations and Related Matters January thru April, 1965 (59
Reports) [2 folders]
71 B [1 of 2]
Race Relations and Related Matters May thru December, 1965 (98
Reports) [3 folders]
71 B [1 of 2]
Hobart Taylor
Chron. file from 1/65 – 9/65 2-3
Lee White
“Civil Rights–Poll Tax” 3
“Voting Rights 1965” 3
“Civil Rights–Alabama” 6
“Civil Rights–Mississippi” 6
“Mississippi Summer Project Voter Registration” 6
Henry Wilson
“Civil Rights” 6
“Voting Rights” 10

REPORTS ON PENDING LEGISLATION

Status reports on the President’s legislative program and other legislation of interest.
March 17, 1965 – August 6, 1965

Box 10-13

REPORTS ON ENROLLED LEGISLATION

Prepared by the Director of the Legislative Reference Office of the Bureau of the Budget, these reports cover both private and public bills and joint resolutions submitted to the President for his approval. The reports include the purpose of the act, agency recommendations, and discussions of the ramifications of the legislation. For more information see the Special Files finding aid.
PL 89-10, Voting Rights Act Box 22

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORIES

At the end of the Johnson administration each agency and department prepared a history of its activities and accomplishments. Please see the finding aid for more information and tables of contents for each administrative history.
Department of Justice: Vol. 7, Civil Rights, Pt. X, Civil Rights Division Box 5-6

LEGISLATIVE BACKGROUND AND DOMESTIC CRISES FILE

This file, compiled in 1968 by White House staff members, contains background documentation for significant legislative achievements and major domestic crises during the Johnson presidency.
Voting Rights Act of 1965 Box 1-2

APPOINTMENT FILES

The Diary Cards in the Reading Room provide an alphabetically arranged name index to the President’s appointments. Consult the card file for the names of individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and George Wallace. Once the date of an appointment has been determined, check the “Diaries and Logs” finding aid for the number of the appropriate boxes in both the Daily Diary and the President’s

Appointment File [Diary Backup]

The Daily Diary is a log sheet of appointments and phone calls maintained by the White House secretaries.
The Diary Backup contains preparation material, press releases, and schedules for meetings and appointments, as well as some reports and notes from the meetings.

STATEMENTS OF LYNDON B. JOHNSON

This chronologically-arranged file includes speeches and remarks made by Lyndon Johnson throughout his career, together with speech drafts, memoranda, teleprompter texts, note cards, and other supporting material. Also consult the cumulative index to the 10-volume printed work The Public Papers of the Presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson (available in the Reading Room).
Box
Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union 1/4/65 135-136
Statement by the President on the Situation in Selma, Alabama 3/09/65 141
Selma [missing – “out to D.T., 3/19/71”] 3/15/65 141
Special Message to the Congress: The American Promise 3/15/65 141
Letter to the President of the Senate Proposing Legislation to Eliminate
Barriers to the Right to Vote
3/17/65 141
Statement by the President in Response to a Telegram From the
Governor of Alabama
3/18/65 141
The President’s News Conference at the LBJ Ranch 3/20/65 141
Statement by the President on the Eve of Senate Consideration of the
Voting Rights Bill
4/20/65 144

Statement by the President Following Passage of the Voting Rights Bill
by the House of Representatives
7/10/65 152
Remarks of the President in the Capitol Rotunda at the Signing of the
Voting Rights Act
8/06/65 156

PERSONAL PAPERS

These collections from individuals or organizations came to the Library separately from President Johnson’s papers. See the Personal Papers finding aid for more detailed information about their contents and availability.
Ramsey Clark Box
“Civil Rights Division 1965” 62
“Civil Rights Division (Briefs, etc.) 1966” 63
“Civil Rights Division 1966” 63
[Report on the Activities of the Civil Rights Division Oct. 1966] [folder 2 of 2] 74
“Democratic National Committee” 85
“Election Day – Nov. 5, 1968” 87

RECORDINGS AND TRANSCRIPTS OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS

The Johnson Library staff has processed the recordings and transcripts of President Johnson’s telephone conversations. The collection includes over 6,000 recordings of conversations with members of Congress, other public officials, foreign leaders, members of the press, friends and family. A detailed finding aid, including descriptions of individual conversations, is available on the Johnson Library web site at http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/Dictabelt.hom/content.asp.

ORAL HISTORIES

Transcripts of most oral history interviews may be downloaded as PDFs from our web site or the Scripps Digital Library site at the Miller Center of Public Affairs (Univ. of Virginia). Transcripts not found on the Internet but available for research may viewed in the Reading Room or borrowed by writing to the Interlibrary Loan Archivist, Lyndon B. Johnson Library, 2313 Red River Street, Austin, Texas, 78705. A complete list of oral histories is available in the Reading Room and on our web site.
Morris Abram AC 94-6
Warren I. Cikins AC 87-47
Ramsey Clark AC 79-34
Charles Evers AC 79-106
James Farmer AC 74-58-B
Nicholas deB. Katzenbach AC 78-24
Burke Marshall AC 74-215
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. AC 73-24
Lawrence O’Brien AC 92-23, Interview XI
Stephen Pollak AC 84-15, 84-16
Bayard Rustin AC 74-65
Harold Barefoot Sanders AC 74-248

Richard M. Scammon AC 75-15
Strom Thurmond AC 80-64
George Wallace AC 94-14
Lee C. White AC 79-111
Roy Wilkins AC 73-27
Andrew Young AC 75-37

Historic conversations between LBJ, Gov. George Wallace:

Telephone Conversation between President Johnson and George Wallace.

March 18, 1965

Speakers: President Johnson and George Wallace

General Topics: Civil Disorders; Civil Rights; Crime & Law Enforcement; Defense; Judiciary; Presidency; Religion.

Topics: Wallace Reports On Influx Of Protesters To Alabama, Their Inflammatory Actions, Inability Of Alabama Forces To Maintain Order During Selma March; Possible Need For Federal Help; LBJ Encourages Wallace To Avoid Further Postponement, Call Up National Guard.

President Johnson assigned his copyright to the United States government; however, the copyright of the President may not extend beyond statements made by President Johnson. Statements uttered by officials of the United States government in the course of their duties are considered to be in the public domain. Users of the recordings and transcripts are cautioned, however, that not all persons recorded were government officials. A number of the people recorded were, at the time of recording, private citizens. Therefore, those intending to quote from this material beyond the accepted limits of fair use are cautioned to determine the copyright implications of any intended publication.

Speakers: President Johnson, George Wallace, Nicholas Katzenbach, and Buford Ellington.

General Topics: Civil Disorders; Civil Rights; Crime & Law Enforcement; Defense; Economics; Education; Judiciary; Presidency; Press Relations; Public Relations; Religion.

Topics: Wallace Expresses Concern About Conditions In Alabama After Selma March, Effects Of Protests On State Economy; LBJ Promises Cooperation, Recommends Wallace Call Up National Guard And LBJ Federalize It If Necessary; Possibility Of Violence.

cont. LBJ and George Wallace, 3/18/65, 4.33P. 2 of 3.

Speakers: President Johnson, George Wallace, and Nicholas Katzenbach.

General Topics: Civil Disorders; Civil Rights; Crime & Law Enforcement; Defense; Economics; Judiciary; LBJ Travel; Presidency; Press Relations; Public Relations; Religion

Topics: Katzenbach Tells Wallace That He Believes Problems In Selma Will Subside Once March Is Over; Wallace Promises To Do Whatever Is Necessary To Protect Marchers; LBJ Tells Wallace He Is Leaving For LBJ Ranch But Will Be In Constant Touch With Situation

More info on the LBJ telephone conversations: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/…

President Johnson assigned his copyright to the United States government; however, the copyright of the President may not extend beyond statements made by President Johnson. Statements uttered by officials of the United States government in the course of their duties are considered to be in the public domain. Users of the recordings and transcripts are cautioned, however, that not all persons recorded were government officials. A number of the people recorded were, at the time of recording, private citizens. Therefore, those intending to quote from this material beyond the accepted limits of fair use are cautioned to determine the copyright implications of any intended publication.

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White House Subject Files on Political Affairs

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Reel 57
PR 8-2 Denied-PR 16 Public Opinion Polls (July 1965-December 1965)
0001 PR 8-2 Denied [alphabetical]. December 2,1963-October 17,1967. 81pp.
Major Topics: Meetings, appointments, and social engagements; diplomatic and consular service.
Principal Correspondents: Jack Valenti; W. Marvin Watson; Benjamin H. Read; Walt W.
Rostow; Gordon Chase.
0082 PR 9 Exhibits–Fairs–Expositions. February 1, 1967-February 8, 1968. 14pp.
Major Topics: Exhibitions and trade fairs; speeches and addresses; diplomatic visits and protocol;
arts and culture.
Principal Correspondents: Robert E. Kintner; Bill Moyers.
0096 PR 10 Graphics. April 28, 1964-October 23, 1968. 48pp.
Major Topics: Organizations and associations; printing and publishing; press.
Principal Correspondent: Robert E. Kintner.

0144 PR 11 Lists of Names–Mailing Lists. January 29, 1964-December 10, 1968. 53pp.
Major Topics: Meetings, appointments, and social engagements; government employees.
Principal Correspondents: Joseph A. Califano Jr.; Robert E. Kintner.
0197 PR 12 Motion Pictures–Film Strips–Recordings. January 1, 1966-July 31, 1968. 130pp.
Major Topics: Motion pictures; television; press; speeches and addresses; United States
Information Agency.
Principal Correspondents: Jack Valenti; W. Thomas Johnson; Lee Mendelson; Howard N.
Nemerovski; Robert E. Kintner; W. Marvin Watson.

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