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UT Tower Shootings Resources

Whitman Collection graphic: selected documents from the collection

UT Tower Shootings material at the Austin History Center comes from a number of sources and in a variety of formats and document the mass murder committed by Charles J. Whitman from The University of Texas Tower observation deck on August 1, 1966. Secondary research materials include A Sniper in the Tower, a biography of Whitman by Gary Lavergne; published historical essays interpreting the event; and a history of Brackenridge Hospital. Primary research materials include oral history interviews with victims, medical personnel, reporters, etc; newspapers published at the time of the event; and photographs. One of the most significant portions of this collection is the Austin Police Department records of the case, AR.2000.002 which contains police reports; witness statements; reports and correspondence from other law enforcement agencies; photographs, writings and personal effects belonging to C.J. Whitman.

The public has access to most of these materials during normal business hours. Researchers wanting to view the writings and personal effects of Charles J. Whitman contained in AR.2000.002 may see photocopies without an appointment. In order to see the original documents, an appointment must be made ahead of time with the Curator of Archives and Manuscripts.

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