Lady Bird Johnson

Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor was born in Karnack, Texas on December 22, 1912. Lady Bird, the nickname given by nursemaid Alice Tittle, attended high school in Marshall and junior college at Dallas’ St. Mary’s Episcopal College for Women. In 1933 through 1934, she received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. 
 
Mutual friends introduced Lady Bird to congressional aide and rising political star, Lyndon Baines Johnson. LBJ proposed on the couple’s first date and the two were married a month later on November 17, 1934. Lady Bird financed her husband’s first congressional campaign for Austin’s Tenth District using a portion of her maternal inheritance. During World War II, Lady Bird ran the congressional office while LBJ served in the US Navy.  In 1943, Lady Bird purchased Austin Radio station KTBC. The station proved an integral part of the LBJ Holding Company and became the main source of the Johnson family’s fortune. 
 
LBJ’s political career gained momentum in the post war years, and in 1960, he became Vice President to John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. As first lady, Lady Bird initiated the Society for a More Beautiful National Capitol and worked with the American Association of Nurserymen to promote the planting of wildflowers along highways. In 1964, the first lady traveled through eight southern states aboard her train, “The Lady Bird Special,” to foster support for LBJ’s presidential re-election and the Civil Rights Act. She was influential in promoting the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, referred to as “Lady Bird’s Bill,” and the Head Start program .
 
Following the death of LBJ in 1973, Lady Bird turned her attention to Austin. The Town Lake Beautification Project transformed Austin’s downtown lake, renamed Lady Bird Lake in 2007, into a useable recreation area. On December 22, 1982, Lady Bird and Helen Hays founded the National Wildflower Research Center outside of Austin. The Wildflower Center was established to increase awareness and research for North American flora.  During her lifetime, the former first lady received the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988. Lady Bird died of natural causes on July 11, 2007, survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren, and  ten great-grandchildren. 
 
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White House Country Fair
Newsreel footage of President and Mrs. Johnson holding full scale, old-fashioned “country fair” on South ...
UT Distinguished Alumnus Awards Ceremony (1964)
Footage of the 1964 Distinguished Alumnus Awards ceremony, honoring Walter Cronkite, Charles Francis, and...
Trails Through Texas
Film of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson traveling across the state of Texas to underscore her commitment to ...
Town Lake Beautification Program Ceremony (1971)
1971 news footage of a plaque unveiling ceremony featuring Lady Bird Johnson
Tour of LBJ's Birthplace
President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird give a tour of LBJ's reconstructed birthplace to Vice Presi...
This Is Our Country (1968)
1968 film of Lady Bird Johnson taking her last tour of the country as First Lady
The President, September 1967
Footage of the activities of President Johnson in September 1967
The President, February - March 1967
Footage presenting the activities of President Johnson in February and March of 1967
The President, November 1966
Footage of the activities of President Johnson in November 1966
The President, November 1968
Footage of the activities of President Johnson in November 1968
The President, June 1966
Footage of the activities of President Johnson in June 1966
The President's House
Lady Bird Johnson gives a tour of the private chambers of the Johnson White House
The President, August 1966
Footage of the activities of President Johnson in August 1966
The Poverty Tours (1964)
President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family visit impoverished areas around the country to discuss and pro...
The President - July 1967
Footage captures the activities of President and First Lady Johnson in July 1967
The Miller/O’Hair/Toland Collection - Armed Forces and LBJ in Southeast Asia (1960-1)
Military personnel and their families travel throughout Southeast Asia, catching a visit by Lyndon and La...
The KHOU-TV Collection - Press Barbecue at LBJ Ranch (1963)
President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson welcome reporters and photographers to the L...
The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June 5 - 6, 1966
KHOU news clips from June 1966, including a news segment about Lynda Bird Johnson’s graduation from the U...
The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 28 - May 2, 1966
KHOU news clips from April and May 1966, including news segments about NASA Group 5 and a glitzy Democrat...
The KHOU-TV Collection - Billy Graham Sermon at the Astrodome (1965)
Unedited news footage of a religious service led by Christian evangelist Billy Graham at the Astrodome, w...
The Johnsons of Johnson City (1962)
KPRC-TV reporter Ray Miller visits the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall to chat with Vice President Lyndon B. Johns...
The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection - LBJ and Lady Bird Visit the San Antonio World’s Fair (19
Home movie scenes of the San Antonio World’s Fair and LBJ, Lady Bird Johnson, and Governor Connally visit...
The Beauty and The Grandeur
1960s government film about beautification initiatives during the Johnson administration
Thanksgiving in England (1960)
1960 news footage of Vice President-elect Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson visiting England for Th...
Showcase for the Nation: The Story of Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson’s Beautification Program
1960s film documenting First Lady Johnson’s beautification projects around the United States
Presidential Surgery - Double Operation Complete Success
Newsreel reporting on LBJ's surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and remove tissue from a vocal cord
Presidential Barbecue (1963)
1963 news footage of LBJ’s first presidential barbecue in honor of Chancellor Ludwig Erhard
President Johnson Signs Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965)
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson attend a signing ceremony in Johnson City
Once In a Lifetime
Documentary chronicling the events of Lynda Bird Johnson's White House wedding.
Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson's Departure
Footage of Lady Bird Johnson boarding The Lady Bird Special, a Braniff airplane
Mrs. Johnson and Liz Carpenter at Air Strip
Footage of Lady Bird Johnson and Liz Carpenter as they are greeted by a crowd at an air strip
Mrs. LBJ Receives Honorary Degree
Newsreel footage shows Lady Bird Johnson receiving recognition for her national beautification program.
Mrs. LBJ at Fiesta, Starts Texas Tour at San Antonio Fete
Lady Bird Johnson at San Antonio "Light Fiesta"
Mexico Hails LBJ - President for Social Equity in Hemisphere
Record crowds welcome President Johnson and family on arrival in Mexico City.
Lynda Bird's Shower
Newsreel footage of Lynda Bird Johnson's bridal shower at the home of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.
Lynda and Charles - Marriage Takes Place in the White House
President Johnson's eldest daughter Lynda Bird weds Marine Captain Charles Robb in East room of White House.
Lady Bird Johnson and Stewart Udall Arrive in Austin
First Lady Lady Bird Johnson arrives on a commercial flight at Robert Mueller Airport in Austin and is es...
Lady Bird Johnson Visits Big Bend National Park (1966)
First Lady Lady Bird Johnson visits Big Bend National Park and rafts down the Rio Grande River
Lady Bird Johnson’s Whistle-Stop Tour (1964)
News footage of Lady Bird Johnson’s campaigning in Texas before the 1964 presidential election
Lady Bird Johnson Home Movies - Austin 1943
Home movie scenes of life in Austin for Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson in 1943