First Ladies Centennial

Graduation; University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1934

Lady Bird Johnson earned bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism at the University of Texas, where male students outnumbered females four to one. At the time, people assumed the young women were there to find husbands. Lady Bird was different. Her friend Cecille recalled that “we always knew she had come to college for an education, not just for the romance of it . . . Bird wanted to make something of herself.” Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum by unknown, B7029-3.

Making Movies, June 19, 1941.

Lyndon B. Johnson gave Lady Bird her first movie camera as a Christmas present in 1939. She recorded both private family scenes and political events. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library has made many of these films available on the Internet. Lady Bird Johnson’s early films include black-and-white scenes from Johnson's frenetic, unsuccessful 1941 Texas senate campaign. The photo at right was taken during this campaign. The camera is a 1.16 mm Bell & Howell used by Mrs. Johnson circa 1952.  Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum photo by Austin American-Statesman, 41-6-84.  Free with credit.

Rally of women at Austin Hotel. Lady Bird Johnson is 3rd from left. Lyndon B. Johnson's 1941 US Senate Campaign, June 6, 1941.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum photo by Austin American-Statesman, 41-6-2.

Lady Bird Johnson stands on the porch of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Robertson with their children in the Cumberland Plateau in rural Kentucky, May 21, 1964.

Lady Bird Johnson accompanied President Johnson on a trip to Appalachia where he focused public attention on the War on Poverty. Mrs. Johnson saw her Beautification projects as part of President Johnsonís Great Society programs. Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum by unknown, 32458-17.

Lady Bird Johnson in front of the White House, October 20, 1967.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum photo by Robert Knudsen, C7029-18.

Lady Bird Johnson visits a classroom for Project Head Start, Kemper School, Washington, DC, March 19, 1968.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum photo by Robert Knudsen, C9079-6A.

Portrait of Lady Bird Johnson at the White House, May 8, 1968.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum photo by Robert Knudsen, C9959-23A.

Lady Bird Johnson in Texas Hill Country, May 10, 1990

"My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth. I wanted future generations to be able to savor what I had all my life." —Lady Bird Johnson, 2002. Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum photo by Frank Wolfe, D9081-6.

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