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Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Charles J. Whitman Estate Attorneys' Files, 1966-1972



Collection Summary

Creator: Estate of Charles J. Whitman
Title: Charles J. Whitman Estate Attorneys' Files
Dates: 1966-1972
Abstract: Charles J. Whitman Estate Attorneys’ Files is a collection of papers related to administration of the estate of Charles J. Whitman, perpetrator of the University of Texas tower shooting of August 1, 1966.
Size: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

Donald F. Nobles and Charles A. Whitman, Jr., father of Charles J. Whitman, were appointed co-administrators of the Whitman estate in September 1966 in the County Court of Travis County, Texas. Allen E. Smith, Parker C. Fielder, and John F. Sutton, Jr. were attorneys for the estate.

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Contents of the Collection

Charles J. Whitman Estate Attorneys’ Files is a collection of papers related to administration of the estate of Charles J. Whitman, perpetrator of the University of Texas tower shooting of August 1, 1966. It mostly documents the work of Allen E. Smith, attorney for the estate, and Donald F. Nobles, co-administrator of the estate. Part of the collection consists of court filings and correspondence related to claims against the estate by families of victims who had died in the shooting and by those injured in the event. These cases were eventually consolidated as Beverly Jean Speed, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman (Consolidated). Also present are files from two other lawsuits involving the estate, administrative correspondence and court filings, notes, research and working files, and papers related to inventory and sale of estate assets.

1. Pleadings and orders include a variety of court filings and orders such as application for letters of administration, oath of administrator, bonds, annual account exhibits, petition for order authorizing payment of claim against the estate, and final judgment in Beverly Jean Speed, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman (Consolidated).

2. Work papers and clipped cases contain clippings, notes, and correspondence related to issues of estate administration.

3. Claims and documents contain mostly materials related to estate property and payments out of the estate, such as invoices for administrator's bond, bills for funeral expenses, notes on estate property inventory, personal effects released to third parties, inventories, and related correspondence.

4. Group Life and Health Ins. Co. v. Raymond W. Leissner, et ux, et al contains case files and correspondence related to settlement of distribution of Kathleen Leissner Whitman's life insurance proceeds. Defendants Raymond W. Leissner and Frances H. Leissner were parents of Kathleen Whitman, wife of Charles J. Whitman.

5. Charles A. Whitman, Jr. v. Donald F. Nobles, Administrator contains case files and correspondence related to Charles A. Whitman, Jr.'s claim against the estate for recovery of personal property and monetary expenses.

6. Suits against the estate contains case files of claims against the estate by families of victims who had died in the shooting and by those injured in the event. These cases include Lyndsay M. M. Boyer, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, M. J. Gabour, III, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, David H. Gunby v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, Alex Hernandez, Sr., et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, William Arthur Lamport v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, Adrian L. C. Littlefield, et ux v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, Nancy Schmidt Menzel, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, Jim F. Sonntag, et ux v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, Beverly Jean Speed, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman, and Marilyn Walchuk, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman. These cases were eventually consolidated as Beverly Jean Speed, et al v. Estate of Charles J. Whitman (Consolidated).

7. Estate correspondence deals mostly with claims against the estate, estate property, and other administrative matters.

8. Motions for summary judgment include motions of summary judgment by various plaintiffs against the estate, as well as supporting affidavits and related correpondence.

9. Estate sale of automobile contains a small selection of notes and correspondence related to selling the 1966 Chevrolet from the estate property.

10. Estate sale of guns contains advertisements, clippings, publisher invoices, bids, notes, and lists of potential buyers related to selling guns, knives, and other paraphernalia from the estate property.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into 10 folders. Original order of materials within the folders (generally reverse chronological order) has been retained. Some folder titles have been slightly modified for clarity.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

The collection and any reproductions of the collection are made available for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research only.

Tarlton Law Library does not hold the copyright to the materials, unless it has been transferred to the library by the creator. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status and to obtain permission from the copyright holder before publishing any materials from the collection.

Some collections may contain sensitive or confidential information protected under federal and state privacy laws. The researchers are encouraged to report any such information to staff.

The University of Texas at Austin is not responsible for violations of intellectual property rights and any other laws or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that result from unauthorized use of the collection by the researcher.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Nobles, Donald F.
Smith, Allen E.
Subjects (Organizations)
167th District Court of Travis County, Texas.
Subjects
Administration of estates.
Estate of Charles J. Whitman.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Materials

This collection has been digitized by Tarlton Law Library and is available as a digital collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles J. Whitman Estate Attorneys' Files, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

This material was made public through the efforts of Austin attorney and University of Texas School of Law graduate Jim Bryce, Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman, and Successor Administrator Virginia Nobles Markley.

Processing Information

Processed by Evelina Stulgaityte, 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

box folder
1 1 Pleadings and orders, 1966-1971
2 Work papers and clipped cases, 1966
3 Claims and documents, 1966-1967
4 Group Life and Health Ins. Co. v. Raymond W. Leissner, et ux, et al, 1966-1969
5 Charles A. Whitman, Jr. v. Donald F. Nobles, Administrator of the Estate of Charles J. Whitman, 1966-1969
6 Suits against the estate, 1966-1969
7 Estate correspondence, 1966-1969
8 Motions for summary judgment, 1970-1971
9 Estate sale of automobile, 1967
10 Estate sale of guns, 1970-1972

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