Animal welfare

ASPCA Partners with NC State University Libraries to Digitize Archival Animal Welfare Materials

The archives chronicle the organization’s 156-year history as a pioneer in promoting animal welfare.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and North Carolina State University (NC State) Libraries completed a 3-year grant-funded project to digitize the ASPCA Historical Archives. This project is an organized portfolio of over 150,000 pages of archival material (i.e. annual reports, journals, scrapbooks, photos and publications) that provide a chronology of work and l impact of the ASPCA since its inception on April 10, 1866.

“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 humanitarian movements in the United States,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA, in a statement from the organization.1

“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. “, he added.

According to the press release,1 The ASPCA is currently working to help animals in need with direct medical care, on-the-ground disaster and cruelty response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the development of the community of shelters and veterinarians. These areas relate directly to the long history and mission of the ASPCA displayed in the archives, which highlight the continued need for evolution and the organization’s strategies to help animals in need during challenges. of each documented period.

“With the support and collaboration of the ASPCA, the Special Collections Team at North Carolina State University Libraries has successfully digitized and described a significant portion of the ASPCA’s historical records” , Gwynn Thayer, acting department head of the Special Collections Research Center, said in the release.1

“We are delighted to host these digitized resources on the site; these historical records will be of immense benefit to animal studies and animal welfare researchers around the world,” she continued.


The ASPCA is collaborating with North Carolina State University Libraries to digitize more than 150,000 pages of historical animal welfare records. Press release. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. April 4, 2022. Accessed April 5, 2022. – pages-of-historical-archival-documents-on-animal-welfare-301517235.html