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MEDIA ADVISORY: LBJ Library to Showcase Archives From Ten Museums and Collections From UT Austin

Ten museums and archives at The University of Texas at Austin, along with the LBJ Presidential Library, share some of their most compelling and rare artifacts in a new exhibit displayed at the LBJ Library.

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What: Ten museums and archives at The University of Texas at Austin, along with the LBJ Presidential Library, will share some of their most compelling artifacts in a new exhibit displayed at the LBJ Library. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held, with attendance from UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, Luci Baines Johnson and others, to open the new exhibit.

When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, other events are planned throughout the week:

  • 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, April 5: Media preview of exhibit with LBJ acting curator Nikki Diller.
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8: Public Open House. Free admission, souvenirs for all visitors.
  • 2. p.m., Saturday, April 8: Longhorn Singers perform

Exhibit runs April 8 through Sept. 6.

Where: LBJ Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin

Visuals: Photos of exhibit artifacts available upon request

Background: Where else could you see Tom Landry’s hat? Or Zelda Fitzgerald’s ostrich feather fan?  Or Santa Anna’s memoir? Or what an architect in 1933 envisioned for the future of the university campus? All of it will be on display as part of a new exhibit called “Deep in the Vaults of Texas:  A Campus Collaboration.”

“The LBJ Library reached out to our neighbors on The University of Texas at Austin campus to help make this exhibit a reality,” said Nikki Diller, acting curator at the LBJ Presidential Library. “Deep in the Vaults of Texas is a great introduction to the diversity of collections and resources available on the university campus.”

Institutions at The University of Texas at Austin displaying artifacts:

  • Alexander Architectural Archives
  • Benson Latin American Collection
  • Blanton Museum of Art
  • Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
  • Fine Arts Library
  • H. J. Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
  • Harry Ransom Center
  • John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies
  • Tarlton Law Library
  • Texas Archeological Research Laboratory
  • LBJ Presidential Library

“The special collections of the university, including those of UT Libraries’ distinctive collections such as the Alexander Archives and the Benson Collection, are the rare and often unique resources that help to make the city and the university such an exceptional place to live and learn,” said Lorraine Haricombe, vice provost and director of The University of Texas Libraries. “This exhibit provides a rare opportunity to bring together a selection of these extraordinary holdings for the benefit of visitors who may be unfamiliar with the trove of treasures that reside on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.”