Contribute to Our LBJ Collection


The LBJ Museum of San Marcos preserves the local legacy of President Lyndon Baines Johnson by depicting the life and times of the 36th President during his early years at college in San Marcos and in South Texas.


Our primary focus is on the years President Johnson spent as a student from 1927-1930 at Southwest Texas State Teachers College – now Texas State University. As a young college student, he also taught at a segregated Mexican-American school in South Texas. His experiences had a profound impact on his later leadership in Congress and as President—especially in civil rights, education and the war on poverty.

You can contribute memorabilia and artifacts related to President Johnson’s San Marcos years such as photos, documents, architectural drawings, manuscripts, letters, artwork, audio and video recordings, books, decorative art, objects, furniture, post cards, political memorabilia, maps, microfilm and microfiche, fine arts, motion pictures, periodicals, rare and fragile items. The value of your donations is tax-deductible, as permitted by law.

The collection focuses on the following aspects of LBJ’s life:

Primary Areas:

  • LBJ as Southwest Texas State Teachers College student and alumnus
  • LBJ’s teaching experiences in Cotulla and Houston
  • The action, impact, and legacy of LBJ’s legislation especially in Civil Rights, Education, and Anti-Poverty
  • The San Marcos community and LBJ
  • The LBJ Museum of San Marcos Records

Secondary Areas:

  • Texas State University-San Marcos (general)
  • Central Texas and South Texas regions (political, social, historic, geographic)
  • The American Presidency
  • United States or Texas Politics and Political Science
  • JFK and the assassination
  • LBJ’s direct involvement with Vietnam and other foreign engagements
  • Texas during the Great Depression of the 1930s
  • Background or general information on Mexican-American immigration and socioeconomic history of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Records, artifacts, and other materials originating from people, places, subjects, or organizations associated with LBJ or his legacy
  • General history and culture of postwar American society, especially the social, economic, cultural, and technological trends and events of the 1960s.
  • Under-documented or under-represented socioeconomic minorities in America
  • Professional books, guides, periodicals, newsletters, or audio/visual resources dealing with museum science, museum administration, public history, archival management, library science, historic preservation, heritage tourism, and non-profit organization management.

The Museum’s collections are held in trust for the public. Every reasonable attempt will be made to keep significant materials accessible and to maintain the highest ethical standards in the preservation and interpretation of our collections. The Museum assumes complete and unrestricted title to items donated to the permanent collection. The care and safety of collections are the responsibility of the Museum under the direction of the Board of Directors.

For more information, contact the LBJ Museum, 131 N. Guadalupe St., San Marcos, TX, 78666 (mail: P.O. Box 3, San Marcos, TX 78667). Phone: (512) 353-3300 or

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