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After the unexpected death of University President John Futrall in 1939, Fulbright was appointed to fill the vacancy. At thirty-four, he was the youngest college president in the country. Walter Lemke Papers, Series 4, Box 2, Folder 14, Picture No. 529

President John F. Kennedy signed the Fulbright-Hays Act at the White House on September 21, 1961, in the presence of House and Senate members, including the cosponsors of the legislation, Senator Fulbright (left) and Congressman Wayne L. Hays (sixth from left). Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Historical collection, Box 342, Folder 5

J. William Fulbright in London, England, with Fulbright scholar, 1957. J. William Fulbright Papers, Series 86, Box 3a, Folder 3

Fulbright with Soviet and American officials in Moscow in August 1963 during ceremonies for the signing of the nuclear test ban treaty. (left to right: Fulbright, Hubert Humphrey, and Premier Nikita Khrushchev.) J. William Fulbright Papers, Series 86, Box 8, Folder 1

Oxford, England, lacrosse team of 1925-1926. Fulbright is at the bottom right. J. William Fulbright Papers, Series 86, Box 14, Folder 1

On May 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Senator Fulbright at the Fulbright’s eighty-eighth birthday tribute. Harriet Mayor Fulbright observed the ceremony. J. William Fulbright Papers, Series 86, Box 42, Folder 4

J. William Fulbright reelection campaign in 1968. J. William Fulbright Papers, Series 86, Box 4, Folder 1

The Fulbrights with their daughters, Elizabeth and Roberta, at Rabbit’s Foot Lodge, a 150-acre farm near Springdale, Arkansas. The farm was called Rabbit’s Foot Lodge after a Sequoia Indian Chief who supposedly had ruled over the land in the past. Walter Lemke Papers, Series 4, Box 2, Folder 14

Celebrating 70 Years of the Fulbright Program

August 1, 2016 marks the 70th Anniversary of the act establishing the Fulbright Program. Visit our guide to related manuscript collections including Senator Fulbright’s personal papers, digital collections that can be accessed online, as well as finding aids for organizational archives of related international education agencies and programs.

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