- Marc J. Selverstone, General Editor
The online edition of The Presidential Recordings includes hundreds of hours of presidential tapes covering the major issues of the LBJ administration, from the War on Poverty to the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War. Each conversation is fully transcribed and annotated, and accompanied by its audio file. This multimedia presentation includes photo and video galleries, a linked timeline, and powerful XML-based searching ability. Winner of the 2011 PROSE Award for best eProduct in the Humanities.
The new LBJ material on the Rotunda website is yet another valuable effort to make recordings accessible and easily usable to a broad audience of scholars, students, and the general public. The team of editors is first-rate, and the introductions they have provided to the general collection and the three sub-collections are outstanding. The possibility of reading the transcripts while listening to the recordings will enable students and scholars to make the best possible use of this material, with the highest degree of ease and accuracy.
A spectacular resource. There are a number of good edited collections of the Johnson transcripts, but this effort stands by itself in terms of its comprehensiveness, its organization, and especially its functionality. The audio is exceptionally well done here. One of the best electronic resources I have ever seen.
The Johnson tapes become at last usable not only in parts but in their entirety.... Every scholar researching this presidency will have to consult these editions. And teachers who want to bring the recent past to life and allow their students to engage history directly will use them. I know I will.