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University History: Lyndon B. Johnson


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University Archives

Alkek Library, Room 580


Research by appointment

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


The University Archives is physically located on the 5th floor of the Alkek Library.  In-person and virtual research assistance is generally available Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm (excluding holidays and energy conservation days). 


Research appointments are required for in-person research to allow time for retrieval of offsite materials, to reserve research space, and to allow staff to sanitize the space between researchers.  Walk-in assistance is dependent on staff and space availability, as researchers with appointments are given priority.  Masks are encouraged. 


To request virtual or in-person assistance, please Ask an Archivist


LBJ as a Student

Texas State University is the only college in Texas to have graduated a U.S. president.  Johnson began his studies in San Marcos in 1927 and received a bachelor of science and a permanent high school teaching certificate in August 1930.  According to his transcript, his major was history, and he had a double minor in English and social sciences.  A copy of his transcript is available (see page 1 and page 2); refer to the undergraduate catalogs for descriptions of the courses he took in college. 

For more information, see the LBJ on Campus digital exhibition and the LBJ100 oral history collection.


Some of the publications detailing LBJ's time in San Marcos include:

LBJ After Graduation

While there are many books about LBJ, those listed below are available through the Digital Collections.  Note that print editions of these materials, along with many additional publications, are available in the Alkek Library and are searchable via the online catalog.

The LBJ Collection

Gathered by the university's News Service over several decades, the University Archives holds a variety of subject files related to LBJ and his impact on the campus.  Many things within this collection are digitized and available in Digital Collections under the Lyndon Baines Johnson Collection.

Other Resources for LBJ Research

LBJ as a Student

LBJ as a student at SWTTC

1928 Pedagog

1928 Pedagog

1930 Pedagog

1930 Pedagog

1930 Pedagog

1931 Pedagog

1931 Pedagog