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The Attica Uprising and Aftermath:
Selected Documents from the Office of the Attorney General

 

  • This collection represents a collaborative effort between the New York State Office of the Attorney General and New York State Archives to provide access to materials related to one of the most infamous prison riots in American history, the 1971 uprising at Attica Correctional Facility in Western New York.

  • Most of the documents being made available in this collection pertain to the case of Akil Al-Jundi, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, Plaintiff vs. The Estate of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Russell Oswald, John Monahan, Vincent Mancusi and Karl Pfeil, Defendants. 

  • The Akil Al-Jundi litigation records provide both a general overview and a detailed account of the events at Attica Correctional facility in September of 1971 and the decades of litigation that followed. 

  • The original copies of the records in this digital collection and the special investigation and litigation files from which they were selected remain in the custody of the Attorney General's Office. 

  • Requests for information should be directed to the Attorney General's Office.

    For further information and access policies regarding related records held by the State Archives, contact the Researcher Services unit by email at archref@nysed.gov or by telephone at 518-474-8955.

What records are available here?

This is a digital collection of documents relating to investigations and litigation arising from the 1971 Attica prison uprising and its aftermath. These records are stored at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. Most of the documents in this first installment of records being made available on this site pertain to the case of Akil Al-Jundi, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, Plaintiff vs. The Estate of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Russell Oswald, John Monahan, Vincent Mancusi and Karl Pfeil, Defendants, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York. The Attorney General’s Office has created this digital collection in order to make these documents readily available and accessible to the public. 

How were records selected for this collection?

The Attorney General’s Office selected these records from a collection of Attica related litigation files in the custody of the Attorney General’s Office, and it is the intent of the Attorney General to add other litigation and investigative records as they are reviewed, indexed and digitized. The Akil Al-Jundi litigation records provide both a general overview and a detailed account of the events at Attica Correctional facility in September of 1971 and the decades of litigation that followed. 

What records are available elsewhere?

The original copies of the records in this digital collection and the litigation files from which they were selected remain in the custody of the Attorney General's Office. The State Archives holds related records created by the Special Commission on Attica ("McKay Commission") in 1971-1972, legal counsel for defendants in the class action lawsuits that followed the uprising, and the Attica Task Force appointed in 2001 to investigate issues raised by the "Forgotten Victims of Attica."

How can I access records in this collection?

You can view all documents in the collection or search by keyword.

You can also browse by document type or name of individuals referenced in the documents.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Requests for information should be directed to the Attorney General's Office.

For further information and access policies regarding related records held by the State Archives, contact the Researcher Services unit by email at archref@nysed.gov or by telephone at 518-474-8955.