A Guide to the Austin American-Statesman Pulitzer Prize Nomination Scrapbooks, 1966-1980
Founded in 1871 as the Democratic Statesman, the Austin, Texas, newspaper became the Austin Statesman in 1904 after buying several smaller publications. Owned by the same company since 1924, the Statesman and Austin American combined in 1973 to become the Austin American-Statesman. In 1966, the paper covered the story of University of Texas at Austin (UT) student and former Marine Charles Whitman, who killed 17 people, including himself, and injured 31 others in a shooting that took place largely from a central tower on the university campus. Dewitt C. Reddick, director of the UT School of Communication, nominated the paper's coverage for a Pulitzer Prize.
Barr, Alwyn. "Whitman, Charles Joseph." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 15, 2011.
Bishop, Curtis and R. L. Schroeter. "Austin American-Statesman." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 15, 2011.
Newspaper and magazine clippings comprise the Austin American-Statesman Pulitzer Prize Nomination Scrapbooks, 1966-1980, documenting the 1966 sniper shootings on the University of Texas at Austin (UT) campus. Compiled for a Pulitzer Prize nomination, the scrapbooks contain stories published by the Austin American-Statesman on the shooting and its perpetrator, Charles Joseph Whitman, in 1966. Additionally, the scrapbooks include clippings from Life and Time magazines on the shooting, later Austin American-Statesman articles on one of the shooting's victims and the man who nominated the paper, Dewitt C. Reddick, director of the UT School of Journalism, and a large newspaper insert published upon Reddick's death. One scrapbook, which forms part of the Richard T. Fleming University Writings Collection, also contains copies of the nomination form filled out by Reddick in 1967.
This collection is open for research use.
Austin American-Statesman Pulitzer Prize Nomination Scrapbooks, 1966-1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers