ASPCA Collaborates with North Carolina State University Libraries to Digitize More Than 150,000 Pages of Historical Animal Welfare Records


“Since the ASPCA’s inception 156 years ago, education has been a primary means of fulfilling our mission to prevent animal cruelty, and we are pleased to provide unprecedented access to our archives to shed light on the development of modern animal welfare and human movements in United States,” noted Matt BershadkerPresident and CEO of the ASPCA. “The ASPCA’s historical archives shine a light on groundbreaking achievements to save and improve the lives of animals across the country and we hope it will be an invaluable resource for animal welfare rescuers, advocates and scholars. We thank North Carolina State University Libraries for partnering on this exciting project, which provides a comprehensive look at the history of progress and innovation in the fight against animal cruelty. .”

“With the support and collaboration of the ASPCA, the NC State University Libraries Special Collections Team successfully digitized and described a significant portion of the ASPCA historical archives,” said Gwynn Thayer, Acting Head of Department, Special Collections Research Center. “We are delighted to host these digitized assets on the site; these historic records will be of immense benefit to animal studies and animal welfare researchers around the world.”

Today, the ASPCA strives to help animals in need through direct medical care, disaster and cruelty field response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy and the advancement of the shelter and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

Many of them key areas of work can tie directly to the rich history of the ASPCA captured in the archives, which demonstrates the continued need for the ASPCA’s unique mission and capabilities and the resilient evolution of ASPCA strategies and tactics to assist animals in need, given the challenges of the times. From the fundamental role of the ASPCA in creating and enforcing laws to protect animals from cruelty to being a credible authority on animal welfare issues, the ASPCA has pioneered new animal welfare practices. being animal and has disseminated influential animal welfare research to improve the lives of people and pets for the past 156 years.

The collaboration between the ASPCA and North Carolina State University Libraries on “The Animal Turn: Digitizing Animal Protection and Human-Animal Studies Collections” was made possible through a grant from the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR). The “animal turn” describes a shift in interest among researchers in the growing field of human-animal studies. This project brings together key documents from the animal rights and welfare collections of the North Carolina State University Libraries, housed at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), and historical documents from the ASPCA. The Animal Rights and Welfare Collections at North Carolina State University Libraries document the social, cultural, legislative, political, and intellectual history of animal welfare and rights, from the 19and century to the present day.

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About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and is today the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable animals and victims. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and animals. farms across the United States. The ASPCA helps animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and community advancement. shelters and veterinarians through research, training and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.organd follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand instagram.

About North Carolina State University Libraries
As a competitive advantage of NC State University, the libraries define the cutting edge of information services and collections to support the university’s mission and advance knowledge around the world.



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