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New York State Special Commission on Attica Motion Picture Film and Videotapes of Attica Correctional Facility Riot

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of motion picture film depicting events associated with the Attica Correctional Facility uprising in September of 1971. Footage depicts inmates holding prison yard; State Police control center; hostages; arrival of arbitrators; deployment of tear gas and arrival of armed law enforcement officers; retaking of facility; aerial footage following retaking of facility; and law enforcement officers compiling evidence.The series also includes video recordings of the first day of hearings of the Special Commission on Attica (McKay Commission).
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1 cubic foot (5 reels of motion picture film and 12 videotapes)
Inclusive Dates:
1971-1972
Series Number:
B1340

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.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Film content is disclosable. Original motion picture film and videotape formats are restricted. DVD use copies are available by request from the State Archives.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 15855 New York State Special Commission on Attica Investigation and Interview Files and

Series B1341 New York State Special Commission on Attica Audio Tapes and Transcripts of Commission Hearings, contain related records.

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Item list is available at the repository.

Processing Information

Original motion picture film was transferred to videotape by State Archives staff in August of 1991. Dubmaster was sent to the State Records Center for secure storage in March 1998 (TL 98-02).

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