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Francis "Red" Grandy Collection

Francis "Red" Grandy Collection

Collection Number: 
201
Collection Length: 
3.00ft
Subjects: 
Finding Aid: 
Red Grandy with camera

Background

Red Grandy was born on his family’s farm in Russell, NY in 1922.  Following high school, Grandy joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and after WWII, attended the University of Southern California to study photography.  While in Europe working on a master’s degree, Grandy joined the staff of the Stars and Stripes as a photojournalist.  One early award-winning photo was of General Eisenhower following the news of the firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur by President Harry Truman.  Soon after, Red became chief photographer of the Stars and Stripes and spent 35 years documenting Cold War era Europe for the newspaper.

Grandy lived in the town of Hermon, NY, and passed away in 2018.  In retirement, he ran the Lazy River Playground, a home-based event and recreation area built by his father.  He was also the owner of one of approximately 2,000 “amphicars”, which can be operated both on the road and on water.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a double-oversized scrap book featuring page clippings from the Stars and Stripes newspaper with photographs by Red Grandy.  The clippings cover the years 1969 to 1983.  Also included are twelve three-ring binders containing many photographs taken throughout Grandy’s long career.  The majority of the photos are described by captions, some of which are on the back of the photos.

Provenance

Gift of Red Grandy, April 2016, and the Grandy estate, June 2019.  St. Lawrence University does not hold literary rights for this collection.