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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Traffic and Security Services Chief Allen R. Hamilton Records, circa 1950s, 1960s



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at Austin. Police Department.
Title: UT Traffic and Security Services Chief Allen R. Hamilon, records
Dates: circa 1950s-1960s
Abstract: Records consist of original black and white photographic prints of campus anti-war protesters from the personal files of former University of Texas Chief of Traffic and Security Services Allen Hamilton. The photographs were collected by the UT Office of Traffic and Security Services during the 1960s. The records also include images of UT police staff, equipment, and vehicles.
Accession No.: 2006-203
Extent: 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Allen R. Hamilton, University of Texas campus chief of police from the late 1950s through the 1960s, was raised in Austin, Texas. Hamilton worked as a page in the Texas Legislature in the early 1930s and attended Texas Wesleyan University at its Austin satellite campus in 1934. During Work War II, Hamilton served with the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

In 1947, he was hired onto the staff of the University of Texas Traffic and Security Services (TSS). After five years as a patrolman, he was promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant, and finally Chief of Traffic and Security in 1955. In 1968, TSS became the UT Police Department. Hamilton continued to serve as chief until 1970, when he was promoted to a position in security services planning for the UT System.

Sources:

Morehead, Richard M. "The Campus Cops: Traffic, tricks and transgressions keep police busy around-the-clock."The Alcalde. Austin, TX: Ex-Students Association of the University of Texas, December 1961.

"About UTPD." University of Texas at Austin Police Department. Accessed April 18, 2014. https://www.utexas.edu/police/about/

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Scope and Contents

Records consist of original black and white photographic prints of campus anti-war protesters from the personal files of former University of Texas Chief of Traffic and Security Services Allen Hamilton. Photographs depict members of the Students for a Democratic Society UT chapter, including Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, Robert Pardun, and others. Many of the prints are apparently surveillance photos of students outside the Catholic Student Center. Photos also depict protests for integration and against the Vietnam War, as well as "Gentle Thursday" happenings.

The photographs were collected by the UT Office of Traffic and Security Services during the 1960s. The records also include images of UT police staff, equipment, and vehicles, as well as several mug shots.

Original and copied documents from former University of Texas Chief of Traffic and Security Services Allen Hamilton’s personal files. All of the items are part of Hamilton’s report and investigation of the Charles Whitman tower sniper shooting, which occurred on August 1, 1966.

Included are crime scene reports, injury and fatality reports, eyewitness accounts, UT records pertaining to Whitman, photos of victims taken in the morgue, and copies of Whitman’s personal writings and diaries.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

*RESTRICTED: all morgue photos*

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hamilton, Allen R.
Subjects (Organizations)
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). University of Texas Chapter.
University of Texas at Austin. Police Department.
Subjects
Campus police.
College students -- Political activity -- United States.
Demonstrations -- Texas -- Austin.
Integration and segregation.
Liberalism -- Texas -- History.
Police -- Texas -- Austin.
Radicalism -- Texas -- Austin.
Student movements -- Texas -- Austin.
Universities and colleges -- Police.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the Burt Gerding Papers and Students for a Democratic Society Records, 1962-1978.

UT Tower Sniper Killings Scrapbook

UT Tower Tragedy Collection

UT Traffic and Security Services Chief Allen R. Hamilton Records [not related to the tower sniper case]

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Separated Material

Materials related to Charles Whitman and the Tower sniping have been separated to the UT Traffic And Security Services Chief Allen R. Hamilton Tower Sniper Records.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Traffic and Security Services Chief Allen R. Hamilton Records, circa 1950s-1960s, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, August 2006.

Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, April 2014

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3T1b-c Photographs
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3N458 Papers
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HR Morgue photos [RESTRICTED] located in Holding Record

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