Austin History Center

Whitney Milam Video Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Milam, Whitney
Title: Whitney Milam Video Collection
Dates: 2006
Abstract: The collection contains the unedited video footage of the interviews conducted by Whitney Milam for his "Sniper '66" television documentary. Milam interviewed three people that witnessed the Charles Whitman tower shootings at the University of Texas, as well as the author of a book about the incident.
Identification: AR.2009.045
Quantity: .40 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Recordings Collection
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Whitney Milam is a native of Austin and attended the Texas State University Public History graduate program. His interest in history and his 12 years of experience at KTBC-Fox 7 led him to create the "Sniper '66" documentary. Milam's film received a Lone Star Emmy for "best historical documentary" in 2007 and a Telly Award for "outstanding historical television documentary" in 2006.

Milam has also produced documentaries on Lady Bird Johnson, the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its effect on Texas, the history of the KTBC television station and the history of the French Legation Museum in Austin.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains nine 30 minute BetaSP tapes of unedited interview footage used in the creation of "Sniper '66", the video documentary about the Charles Whitman tower shootings at the University of Texas. The interviewees were Ramiro "Ray" Martinez, the police officer who (along with officer Houston McCoy) brought down Whitman (3 tapes), then-KTBC reporter Neal Spelce (2 tapes), Gary M. Lavergne, author of A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders (2 tapes), and Forrest Preece, a student on campus at the time of the shooting (2 tapes). In addition there are the transcripts of the interviews and an audio CD of Neal Spelce reporting on the Whitman incident on the KLBJ-AM radio station.


Restrictions on Access

Access to the videotape recordings requires the production of Access copies; consult repository for details. Transcripts are available.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright held by KTBC Fox 7.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Whitman, Charles Joseph, 1941-1966.
Milam, Whitney.
Spelce, Neal.
Lavergne, Gary M., 1955-
Preece, Forrest.
Martinez, Ramiro, 1937-
KTBC-TV (Television station : Austin, Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Mass murderers--Texas--Austin.
Mass murder--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Compact disc

Related Material

A DVD 364.1523 SN Sniper '66: The Charles Whitman Murders at the Texas Tower [videorecording]

See the Materials Related to the Charles Whitman Mass Murder Case resource guide available in the AHC Reading Room for additional materials.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Whitney Milam Video Collection (AR.2009.045). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2004/142

Donation Date: 2007

Processing Information

Finding aid and encoding by Molly Hults/2009 October.

Detailed Description of the Collection

"Sniper '66" Source Materials, 2006

1 Transcripts, 2006
Videotape interviews, 2006
Neal Spelce audio recording, 2006