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Lyndon Johnson’s secretaries began compiling the Daily Diary in 1959, when Johnson was the Senate Majority Leader. As meetings and telephone calls occurred, the secretary “working” the Diary would note them.
In the White House, staff who worked closely with the president frequently entered the Oval Office without being noted in the Diary. The secretaries often added information to the Diary from invitation lists and agendas prepared before meetings. Thus, an invitee who did not attend a meeting was sometimes recorded in the Diary as present.