Title: Department of Corrections Carrasco audiotapes and booklet
Description: The Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) was responsible for the operation of the prison system from 1957 to 1989, when that function was absorbed by the newly created Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Records in this series are audiocassette tapes from the Carrasco hostage incident that occurred at the Huntsville Unit education and library facility, dating from July 27 to August 12, 1974, and a booklet about the event published that same year by the TDC. The dates of the audiotapes cover most of the eleven-day incident (July 24–August 3) and include the post-incident interviews (August 7–12). The incident, also known as the "Huntsville Siege," involved three inmates—Fred Gomez Carrasco, Rudy S. Dominguez, and Ignacio Cuevas, who took hostages and made a number of demands to prison officials in exchange for their freedom. The incident ended with the deaths of two female hostages, the wounding of other hostages, and the deaths of inmate gunmen Carrasco and Dominguez.
Citation information: (Identify the item), Texas Department of Corrections Carrasco audiotapes and booklet. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: About two-thirds of the tapes are dated and arranged in roughly chronological order; the other third are not dated and are arranged as received.
Copyright information: Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Access restrictions: Due to the fragility of the audiotapes, the digital copies must be used instead of the original tapes. Transcripts are not available at this time. Researchers may examine the physical tapes but are not allowed to listen to them on playback equipment.