By the Numbers: Presidential Libraries

Stats about the collections of our Commanders in Chief

November 1, 2016

Lyndon B. Johnson. Photo: Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
Lyndon B. Johnson. Photo: Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum

1939
Year the Presidential Library System began. Franklin D. Roosevelt donated his presidential and personal documents to the federal government.

643
Number of hours of recorded telephone conversations the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum has collected. The conversation topics range from the assassination of JFK to dealing with the USSR.

45
Number of meetings John F. Kennedy’s family held to plan the Presidential Library and Museum.

26 million
Number of pages of historical records and papers preserved in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. These documents provide insight into the Cold War and the creation of the Interstate Highway System.

120
Number of years the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been collecting documents and artifacts. The library is the successor to the Illinois State Historical Library, which opened in 1889.

1,200
Number of political cartoons located in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Most of the cartoons are autographed by their artists and made out to Truman.

50,000
Square footage in feet of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Unlike other presidential libraries, Ford’s library and museum sit in separate towns. The library lies in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while the museum is in Grand Rapids.

1
Number of presidential libraries housed in a public library. The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum is located in the Forbes Public Library in Northampton, Massachusetts.