Research

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of motion picture film depicting events associated with the Attica Correctional Facility uprising in September of 1971. Footage includes views of inmates holding prison yard; the State Police control center; hostages and locations where hostages were held; arrival of arbitrators; deployment of tear gas and arrival of armed law enforcement officers; retaking of facility; aerial footage following retaking of facility; locations damaged during the uprising; and law enforcement officers tagging weapons used in the uprising as evidence.

The series also includes video recordings of the first day of hearings of the Special Commission on Attica (McKay Commission) in April of 1972. These recordings feature opening remarks by committee chairman Robert McKay; expert testimony by David Addison regarding prison population and life of inmates incarcerated therein; testimony of former inmate William E. Jackson (incarcerated at time of uprising) regarding daily life in the facility; and testimony of then current inmate Robert Matthews.