Brown v. Board of Education

Presidential Records

Federal Records Pertaining to
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954)

Part II: Records Relating Directly to the Brown Decision, ca. 1954

Records of the Office of the President

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston, MA

Papers of John. F. Kennedy
Pre-Presidential Papers
File: Legislation Assistant's Background, 1953-1960
This file contains materials on school integration.

Personal Papers of Burke Marshall
File: Case Documents, 1959-1961
These papers include materials relating to argument preparations in Prince Edward County, VA.

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, TX

Senate Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ)
File: Legislation-[Social Welfare]-Segregation, 1954
This file includes material containing two items pertaining to Brown (1954):

  1. correspondence, in which LBJ states that, "the Supreme Court decision left me shocked and dismayed"; and
  2. a copy of the statement Johnson made on the Senate floor on May 18, 1954, about the decision.

Statement File
File: Speech, Senate Floor concerning Supreme Court Ruling on Segregation (1954)
File: Remarks of the President at a Reception for Participation in a Planning Session for the White House Conference "To Fulfill These Rights" (Folders I and II)
On May 18, 1954, Johnson made a brief statement on the Senate floor about the Brown (1954) decision. The Speech file contains only a copy of the speech. As President, Johnson cited the decision in a speech at a reception for participants at a planning session for the White House Conference "To Fulfill These Rights." The Remarks file contains two folders on the speech, and they include drafts, backup material, and copies of the speech.