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New York State Special Commission on Attica Audio Tapes and Transcripts of Commission Hearings

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 includes audio tape recordings and transcripts of public hearings of the New York State Special Commission on Attica. Transcripts include testimony before the commission of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Robert R. Douglass (secretary to the governor), T. Norman Hurd (Director of State Operations), Major General A.C. O'Hara (military chief of staff to the governor), Howard Shapiro (first assistant counsel to the governor), and Michael Whiteman (counsel to the governor). Audio tapes include testimony of State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, Lynn Johnson (correction officer and hostage), William Kunstler (defense attorney for prisoners), State Senator John Dunne, Russel Oswald (Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services), and Walter Dunbar (Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services).
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Quantity:
6.75 cubic feet (including 47 audio tapes)
Inclusive Dates:
1972
Series Number:
B1341 next hit

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of audio tape recordings and transcripts of public hearings of the New York State Special Commission on Attica (McKay Commission). Audio tape recordings are present for hearings held on April 12, 13, and 14, 1972. Transcripts are present for the following dates (all in 1972): April 5, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 24, 26, 27, 28, May 10. Transcripts document public hearing testimony before the commission of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Robert R. Douglass (secretary to the governor), T. Norman Hurd (Director of State Operations), Major General A.C. O'Hara (military chief of staff to the governor), Howard Shapiro (first assistant counsel to the governor), and Michael Whiteman (counsel to the governor).

previous hit B1341 next hit-12: This accretion contains audio tapes of commission public hearings that took place on April 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 27, and 28, 1972. One tape contains highlights from news media coverage of hearings on April 24 and 26, 1972. Witnesses recorded on these tapes include State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve, Lynn Johnson (correction officer and hostage), William Kunstler (attorney for prisoners involved in uprising), State Senator John Dunne, Russel Oswald (Commissioner of the State Department of Correctional Services), and Walter Dunbar (Deputy Commissioner of the State Department of Correctional Services). There are no transcripts in this accretion.

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transcripts This series does not contain a complete set of transcripts of McKay Commission public hearings. Transcripts are present for the following dates (all in 1972): April 5, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 24, 26, 27, 28, May 10

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 22427 New York State Division of State Police Motion Picture Film and Videotapes

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Series B1340 New York State Special Commission on Attica Motion Picture Film and Videotapes of Attica Correctional Facility Riot contain related records. An apparently complete set of hearing transcripts (paper and microfilm formats) is held by the New York State Library [call no. ATT 050-2 1972/1972B].

Other finding aids

previous hit B1341 next hit-90: An index to testimony by hearing date is available at the repository.

Processing Information

This series does not contain a complete set of transcripts of McKay Commission public hearings. Transcripts are present for the following dates (all in 1972): April 5, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 24, 26, 27, 28, May 10.

Acquistion Information

This series was transferred under records disposition number 15855.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Item

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1972 April 17 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2; P.M. No. 1

1 4-2, 4-3
1972 April 18 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 1; P.M. No. 2

1 5-1, 5-4
1972 April 18 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2; P.M. No. 1

1 5-2, 5-3
1972 April 19 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 1; P.M. No. 2

1 6-1, 6-4
1972 April 19 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2; P.M. No. 1

1 6-2, 6-3
1972 April 20 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 1; P.M. No. 2

1 7-1, 7-4
1972 April 20 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2; P.M. No. 1

1 7-2, 7-3
1972 April 21 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 1 - Arthur O. Eve (part 1); P.M. No. 2

1 8-1, 8-4
1972 April 21 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2 - Arthur O. Eve (part 2); P.M. No. 1 - Lynn Johnson (correction office, hostage), William Kunstler

1 8-2, 8-3
Audio Tape: Highlights from April 24, 1972 - Channel 13; Highlights from April 26, 1972

1 9-1, 11
1972 April 25 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 1; P.M. No. 2

1 10-1, 10-4
1972 April 25 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2; P.M. No. 1

1 10-2, 10-3
1972 April 27 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 1; P.M. No. 2

1 12-1, 12-4
1972 April 27 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2; P.M. No. 1

1 12-2, 12-3
1972 April 28 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 1 - Senator John Dunne (part 1); P.M. No. 2 - Russel Oswald (part 2)

1 13-1, 13-4
1972 April 28 Audio Tape: A.M. No. 2 - Senator John Dunne (part 2), Walter Dunbar (part 1); P.M. No. 1 - Walter Dunbar (part 2), Russel Oswald (part 1)

1 13-2, 13-3
1972 April 28 Audio Tape: P.M. No. 3 - Russel Oswald (part 3); P.M. No. 4

1 13-5, 13-6

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1972 April 5 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 12 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 13 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 15 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 17 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 18 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 20 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 24 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 26 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 27 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 April 28 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 May 10 Transcript of Public Hearing

1
1972 May Directory Listing: New York State Special Commission on Attica (McKay Commission)

2
1972 April 5 Public Hearing Testimony of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller

2
1972 April 15 Public Hearing Testimony of Robert R. Douglass, T. Norman Hurd, General A.C. O'Hara, Howard Shapiro, Michael Whiteman

2
1972 April 15 Public Hearing Testimony of Robert R. Douglass, T. Norman Hurd, General A.C. O'Hara, Howard Shapiro, Michael Whiteman (same as in Box 2)

3
1972 September 9-13 Chronological Narrative of Daily Events at Attica Correctional Facility (unattributed)

3
1972 April 15 Public Hearing Testimony of Robert R. Douglass, T. Norman Hurd, General A.C. O'Hara, Howard Shapiro, Michael Whiteman (same as in Box 2)

4
1972 March 14 Memorandum from Arthur L. Liman Regarding a Meeting of Himself and Judge Willis with Members of Governor Rockefeller's Staff in the Executive Chamber on March 13, 1972

4
1972 March 21 Memorandum from Arthur L. Liman Regarding a Meeting of Himself and Commission Members with Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve on March 20, 1972

4
1972 March (approximately) Chronological Narrative of the Attica Uprising Prepared by the Governor's Special Counsel

4
1972 April 15 Public Hearing Testimony of Robert R. Douglass, T. Norman Hurd, General A.C. O'Hara, Howard Shapiro, Michael Whiteman (same as in Box 2)

5
1972 April 12 Audio Tape: 10:00 A.M. - 11:03 A.M.

6 1
1972 April 12 Audio Tape: 11:03 A.M. - 12:07 P.M.

6 2
1972 April 12 Audio Tape: 12:07 P.M. - 12:20 P.M.

6 3
1972 April 12 Audio Tape: 2:00 P.M. - 3:05 P.M.

6 4
1972 April 12 Audio Tape: 3:05 P.M. - 4:08 P.M.

6 5
1972 April 12 Audio Tape: 4:09 P.M. - 4:59 P.M.

6 6
1972 April 13 Audio Tape: 10:00 A.M. - 11:14 A.M.

6 1
1972 April 13 Audio Tape: 11:14 A.M. - 12:20 P.M.

6 2
1972 April 13 Audio Tape: 12:20 P.M. - 12:43 P.M.; 2:00 P.M. - 2:42 P.M.

6 3
1972 April 13 Audio Tape: 2:42 P.M. - 3:49 P.M.

6 4
1972 April 13 Audio Tape: 3:49 P.M. - 4:49 P.M.

6 5
1972 April 13 Audio Tape: 4:49 P.M. - 5:53 P.M.

6 6
1972 April 13 Audio Tape: 5:53 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.

6 7
1972 April 14 Audio Tape: 10:00 A.M. - 11:06 A.M.

6 1
1972 April 14 Audio Tape: 11:06 A.M. - 12:10 P.M.

6 2
1972 April 14 Audio Tape: 12:10 P.M. - 12:40 P.M.; 2:00 P.M. - 2:35 P.M.

6 3
1972 April 14 Audio Tape: 2:36 P.M. - 3:42 P.M.

6 4
1972 April 14 Audio Tape: 3:42 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

6 5
1971 November 1 Audio Tape: "Remember Attica, Part One: The Rebellion," Produced for Pacifica Radio (WBAI 99.5 FM of NYC) by Deloris Costello 6