Texas State University’s most famous graduate, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, first set foot on campus in 1927. Johnson returned to the university many times during his esteemed and lengthy political career, during which he served as a congressman, senator, Vice President, and 36th President of the United States.
The university’s “illustrious son” repeatedly brought Texas State into the national spotlight by including the university in some of his presidency’s most legacy-defining moments, such as his inauguration and the signing of the Higher Education Act. Johnson’s rewarding relationship with Texas State University continues to be honored today through university programs, buildings, and memorials on campus.
This online exhibit explores Johnson’s days as a student at Texas State University, as well as his lifelong association with his Alma Mater. The following pages highlight select photographs, documents, and other notable holdings from the University Archives' collections and research guides.