11 Presidential libraries join forces on website

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AUSTIN, Tex. -- On Aug. 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson had a busy day juggling his civil rights initiative, a growing crisis in the Gulf of Tonkin and the discovery of the bodies of three missing civil rights workers in Mississippi.

He also got a call from the first lady with a gentle reminder about dinner and a quick "I love you."

Under a new Web-based archive project launched Thursday, audio and visual records of Johnson's day are just a mouse click away for anyone who wants to dig into the president's life and actions in office.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is leading a collaborative effort with the other 11 presidential libraries and the University of Texas to create http://www.presidentialtimeline.org, to put records from each library on the Web for easy access.

It features records related to significant events and issues faced by 12 presidents, from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton.

Materials include audio and video clips, photos and documents, including diaries, some of which have been available only to scholars.

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