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On Display: Government Ghost Stories & The Ghost of Lyndon B. Johnson Says…

October 24, 2016

Have you been in the Basement of the library lately? The Porter Henderson Library used the “spirit” of Halloween to feature two hauntingly excellent displays in its Government Documents collection: The Ghost of Lyndon B. Johnson Says… and Government Ghost Stories.

Government Ghost Stories

Come visit this display to learn about a variety of different reported hauntings of Federal buildings from the ghost of President John Quincy Adams to unexplained librarian noises in the former location of the Library of Congress, and more…

The Ghost of Lyndon B. Johnson Says…

Never forget the past! This Halloween, the ghost of President Lyndon B. Johnson has come to haunt the Angelo State University Government Documents Collection, with publications from his presidency that are both a window to a turbulent time and a mirror held up to the troubles of today. Below is information on two documents.

Call No.: <strong>PR 36.8:V81/M 58</strong>Call No.: PR 36.8:V81/M 58The Miami Report, submitted to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, as a narrative account of the civil disturbances in Miami, Florida during the week of August 5th, 1968.  Attempts at peaceful protest collapsed into a violent expression of the frustrations of the African American community of Liberty City, a Miami neighborhood suffering under privations that urban black communities felt across the United States: displacement, job loss, poverty, and discrimination on top of longstanding local issues that included a tense relationship with the Miami police.             

Call No.: <strong>PR 36.8:UR 1/2/R31/NO.7</strong>Call No.: PR 36.8:UR 1/2/R31/NO.7Housing America’s Low- and Moderate-Income Families is a drier and shorter analytical report, provided to the National Commission on Urban Problems, that nonetheless treads related ground to the hotbed of social conflict covered in the Miami Report.  Here, the past and future of urban development, as it stood in 1968, is analyzed by Nathaniel Keith, then a consultant on housing and urban renewal but the former Director, Division of Slum Clearance and Urban Redevelopment, of the Housing and Home Finance Agency.  Much of his analysis is from a business and financial perspective, what is acceptable and sustainable to investors, and recommended interest rates; how these needs are to resolve themselves with the social issues found in the Miami Report is left up to the President and to the analysis of readers many decades later.              

Find these documents and more by:

  • Browsing the Call Number PR. 36.8 in U.S. Documents (Basement Level of the Porter Henderson Library). Find the publications of subsequent presidents arranged in chronological order. 
  • Further resources and information concerning these topics can be accessed by searching U-Search and RamCat with keywords such as “civil rights”, “police power”, “urban development”, and “poverty”;
  • Additional Government Document publications can be found by searching the keywords above in RamCat and then selecting “Government Documents” or “E-Government Documents” in the Filter Your Search column.