The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 454
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Beginning this past June, the Director has taken on a new as-
signment. Under grants from private foundations to the University
of Texas, he has established an Oral History Project to gather inter-
views with the legion of people who have been participants in
President Lyndon B. Johnson's long career in public service.
As Southwesterners hardly need be reminded, President Johnson
first went to Washington nearly forty years ago, and has been active
under six Presidential Administrations, or one-sixth of all the Presi-
dents of the United States. The number of people who will be
interviewed depends on availability, but will likely run between
500 and 1,ooo.
The Project will maintain offices both in Washington and Austin,
probably for three years. Assisting will be Steve Goodell, with the
University of Maryland; Theodore R. Marmor, University of Wis-
consin; Gerald Garvey, Princeton University; William J. Helmer, Uni-
versity of Texas; Dorothy Pierce, former newspaper reporter with
the Boston Globe; Paige E. Mulhollan, formerly with the University
of Arkansas; David G. McComb, formerly University of Houston;
T. Harrison Baker, formerly Mississippi State College for Women;
Colleen Kain, Mary Dale Ellis, and Ruth Mathews, formerly of the
Texas State Historical Association.
The tapes will be transcribed, and both transcription and tape
will be placed in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library on the Uni-
versity of Texas campus. They are designed to fill in as much as
possible of the record which is not available in ordinary letters and
documents. The approach will be as broad as possible, and will
include both friends and opponents of the President. Undoubtedly,
considerable Texas and Southwestern history will be turned up by
At the unanimous request of the Executive Council, the Director
has agreed to remain as Director of the Association.
One of the last acts of Seymour V. Connor before leaving the pres-
idency of the Association was to appoint Professor A. Ray Stephens,
Department of History, North Texas State University, to head up a
state-wide membership drive. The membership drive is now underway
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