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Historical Note

Content Description

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Accession Numbers

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

UT Tower tragedy collection, 1966



Title: UT Tower tragedy collection
Dates: 1966
Identification: camh-arc-004141
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Historical Note

On August 1, 1966, University of Texas architectural engineering student Charles Whitman began shooting from the observation deck of the university's Main Building, a 27-story tower in the center of campus. Whitman fired at students and pedestrians in the campus business district for 96 minutes, until he was killed by Austin police officers Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy.

Whitman killed 17 people, making the UT Tower shootings one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history.

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Content Description

The UT Tower tragedy collection consists of wire service reports regarding Charles Whitman's sniper attack from the University of Texas Main Building tower on August 1, 1966. The collection also includes statewide press coverage, with multiple editions of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio newspapers.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is stored remotely.  Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law. 

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Whitman, Charles Joseph, 1941-1966
Corporate Names
University of Texas.
Subjects
College campuses
Journalism
Mass murder
School shootings

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Related Materials

UT Traffic and Security Services Chief Allen R. Hamilton Tower Sniper Records

Austin American-Statesman Pulitzer Prize Nomination Scrapbooks

UT Division of Physical Plant Records, see "Tower visitor sign-in books, 1965-1974," 2.325/J84

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Tower Tragedy Collection, 1966, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Accession Numbers

2002-188; 2006-275; 2017-168

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Scrapbooks
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3K431 [SRH1230017861] Volumes I-III 1966
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3K432 [SRH1230017862] Volumes IV-VI 1966
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3K433 [SRH1230017863] Volumes VII-IX 1966
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3K434 [SRH1230017864] Volumes X-XI 1966
Press coverage
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3K434 [SRH1230017864] Fragmentary and incomplete clippings 1966
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3K435 [SRH1230017865] Wire service reports 1966
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3K434 [SRH1230017864] Life magazine (2 copies) August 12, 1966
Austin newspapers
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3K434 [SRH1230017864] The Summer Texan August 2, 1966
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2017-168/1 [23312603] The Summer Texan August 2, 1966
Austin American
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3Fo3a [SRH1230016351] Austin American August 2, 1966 through August 4, 1966, August 9, 1966
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Austin American August 2, 1966 through August 5, 1966, August 8, 1966
Austin Statesman
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3Fo3a [SRH1230016351] Austin Statesman August 1, 1966 through August 5, 1966
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Austin Statesman August 1, 1966 through August 5, 1966, August 8, 1966
Austin American-Statesman
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Austin American-Statesman August 6, 1966 through August 7, 1966, August 9, 1966
Austin American-Statesman August 9, 1966
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3K434 [SRH1230017864] Austin American-Statesman August 9, 1966
Beaumont newspapers
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Beaumont Journal August 2, 1966
Dallas newspapers
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Dallas Morning News August 2, 1966 through August 4, 1966
Dallas Times-Herald August 2, 1966
Fort Worth newspapers
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Fort Worth Star-Telegram August 2, 1966
Galveston newspapers
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Galveston News August 1, 1966-August 3, 1966, August 7, 1966
Houston newspapers
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2017-168/1 [23312603] Houston Chronicle August 1, 1966-August 2, 1966
Houston Post August 2, 1966
San Antonio newspapers
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2017-168/1 [23312603] San Antonio Express August 2, 1966
Local responses to shootings
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3K434 [SRH1230017864] Personal letter, including description of tower shooting August 3, 1966
University Baptist News, "A Time to Ponder" August 4, 1966
Brackenridge Hospital Board of Trustees resolution August 26, 1966

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