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University Archives and Special Collections

Guide to the holdings and policies of the University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) department in Campbell Library

Guide to the Hollybush Summit Collection

History of the Summit

For three days in June of 1967, Glassboro, NJ, became a news item - it was the meeting place of then President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Soviet Union Premier Alexei Kosygin to discuss US-Soviet relations.  The meeting took place at the Hollybush Mansion on the campus of then-Glassboro State College.  At the time, the U.S. was involved in the Vietnam conflict and on June 5, 1967, the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab states erupted. As a response to this conflict and in effort to increase cooperation and relations between the U.S. and Soviet Union, the two agreed to meet, but President Johnson wanted a neutral place.  Since Kosygin was speaking at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and Johnson was in Washington, D.C., a halfway point was needed and Glassboro was determined to be the ideal spot for the Summit.

Images and Artifacts from the Summit

President Robinson and President Johnson greet the crowd at Glassboro State College

A Crowd Awaits

On June 23, 1967, United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson (left) was escorted off of his helicopter, Marine One, by Glassboro State College President Thomas E. Robinson (right) , onto the lawn of of Bunce Hall, where a large crowd awaited.

Governor Hughes, President Johnson, and President Robinson at Glassboro, NJ

Arriving at Glassboro

On June 23, 1967, New Jersey Governor Richard J. Hughes (left) and Glassboro State College President Thomas E. Robinson (right) escort United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson (center) onto the College's campus after the President's arrival on the Marine One helicopter.

President Johnson and Premier Kosygin during Hollybush Summit

President Johnson and Premier Kosygin during Hollybush Summit

United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson (left), American translator William Krimer (center), Premier of the USSR Alexei Kosygin (second from right), and Russian translator Viktor Mikhailovich Sukhodrev (far right) sit inside Hollybush Mansion during the 1967 Summit talks (this image was likely made on June 23, 1967).

Premier Kosygin and President Johnson Hold Press Conference

Premier Kosygin and President Johnson Hold Press Conference

Premier of the USSR Alexei Kosygin (left) and United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson (right) hold a press conference outside Hollybush Mansion in June of 1967 following their Summit talks (this photograph was likely taken on June 23, 1967).

The Johnson Family and Governor Richard J. Hughes

The Johnson Family and Governor Richard J. Hughes

In June of 1967 (this image was likely taken on June 23, 1967), New Jersey Governor Richard J. Hughes (left), United States First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson (second from left), United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson (second from right), and the Johnsons' daughter Lynda Bird Johnson, talk and pose for pictures outside of Hollybush Mansion.

Dignitaries Gather outside Hollybush Mansion

Dignitaries Gather outside Hollybush Mansion

New Jersey Governor Richard J. Hughes (foreground, far left), United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson (foreground, second from left), United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk (foreground, center) Glassboro State College President Thomas E. Robinson (foreground, second from right), and Margaret Robinson (foreground, far right) pose for pictures outside of Hollybush Mansion following Summit discussions in June of 1967 (this picture was likely taken on June 23, 1967).

Photographer James D. Logue's Press Pass

Photographer James D. Logue's Press Pass

Photographer James D. Logue was employed by then-Glassboro State College to document the Hollybush Summit.  This is his press pass from June 25, 1967, the final day of Summit events.

Hollybush Summit Commemorative Placemat

Hollybush Summit Commemorative Placemat

Many Glassboro businesses excitedly anticipated the increased patronage the Hollybush Summit would bring in the aftermath of the meeting.  The Glassview Diner, which was then at Delsea Drive and New Street, published this placemat with noteworthy facts to inform its patrons of the historic event that occurred in Glassboro, NJ.

Silver Summit Celebration Poster Commemorating Hollybush Talks

Silver Summit Celebration Poster

The Hollybush Summit has been commemorated in many ways and on many anniversaries since 1967.  This poster was drawn by Jim Houba, then-Glassboro State College student, in 1992, in celebration of the Summit's 25th, or silver, anniversary.