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Grant Van Patten Papers


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The Grant Van Patten Papers contain a news conference, news clippings, and a script relating to Van Patten's documentary The South Mall in Albany: Hoax or Hope?


Van Patten, Grant
Date Coverage:
0.17 cubic ft. (about 0.17 boxes)  1 film, and 1 video

Grant Van Patten worked in television production beginning in the mid-twentieth century in New York's Capital Region, including affiliate WRGB in Schenectady. Van Patten produced the documentary The South Mall in Albany: Hoax or Hope? for WRGB in 1962.

The collection includes Van Patten's documentaryThe South Mall in Albany: Hoax or Hope? and material related to its production. The film is a "production original" composed of sound film, silent footage, and blank short pieces. During the blank sections there were shots taken by live studio cameras most often of the news reporter on the studio set. There are also a few shots of early construction of the University at Albany, SUNY Uptown Campus and the Albany Country Club before it was moved to make room for the construction of the Uptown Campus. An access copy of the production is available for viewing in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Marcia Brown Research Room. It is best to have a copy of the script in hand when viewing the documentary.

The collection is organized alphabetically. There are no series.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by Grant Van Patten through Prof. Ray Bromley in 2002.

Processed by: Amy C. Schindler

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Published: 2018-03-06 02:59:41 -0500

Encoded in EAD by T.J. Treharne, 2014

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Grant Van Patten Papers, 1962. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection



1 1Corning, Erastus, News Conferenceundated


1 2Miscellaneous Construction1962, undated


1 3News Clippings1962, undated


1 4Residents1962, undated


1 5Script1962


1 6Script, Notes1962


Film 1 The South Mall in Albany: Hoax or Hope? 1962