The National Archives Holds DC Premiere of “The Lady Bird Diaries” Documentary June 17
Press Release · Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Washington, DC

On Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. ET, the National Archives, in participation with the DC/DOX Documentary Film Festival, will present the DC premiere of director Dawn Porter’s newest documentary, The Lady Bird Diaries. Mark A. Lawrence, Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, will give opening remarks. Following the screening, Washington Post reporter Lillian Cunningham will lead a discussion with Dawn Porter, Mark A. Lawrence, director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, TX,  and producer Kim Reynolds.

The Lady Bird Diaries
Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. ET
William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Museum, Washington, DC
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This groundbreaking all-archival documentary film (2023; 100 mins.) by Dawn Porter uses the 123 hours of personal audio diaries that First Lady Lady Bird Johnson recorded during her husband’s administration. The film reveals Lady Bird as an astute observer of character and culture and a savvy political strategist. It recasts her crucial role in LBJ’s Presidency and brings viewers behind the scenes of one of the most tumultuous and consequential periods in modern American history.

Dawn Porter has emerged in the entertainment industry as a leader in the art of storytelling, directing, and producing critically acclaimed films and series. A two-time Sundance film festival director, Porter’s work has been featured on HBO, Netflix, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, ESPN, Discovery, National Geographic, and others. Porter’s recent film, The Lady Bird Diaries, an all-archival documentary about Lady Bird Johnson, debuted at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival. 

About the National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries and online at


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