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Mar 27 2013

NCSU Libraries Acquires 80 Years of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Pamphlets

The North Carolina State University Libraries has acquired an important collection of nearly 400 rare pamphlets and other works relating to animal advocacy, animal rights, and animal welfare. These materials enhance the Libraries’ collecting efforts in an interdisciplinary field that engages scholars across the humanities, human and veterinary medicine, and the sciences.

Of significant scholarly and historical importance, the collection spans a period of over eighty years from the 1870s to the 1950s, and includes a wealth of promotional, advocacy, and educational materials that throw light upon the moral, social, medical, and political dimensions of this complex movement.

Days in the Life of an Inspector of the RSPCAConcern for animal welfare grew in the decades after the first animal anti-cruelty law was passed in 1822.   With the backing of renowned abolitionist William Wilberforce, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was established in 1824, becoming the first animal welfare organization in the world and the first law enforcement agency in the United Kingdom. The pamphlets and other materials conserved in the NCSU Libraries collection continued this momentum, engaging some of the leading activists of the time including the noted feminist and social reformer Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) and Henry Salt (1851-1939), author, social campaigner, biographer of Henry David Thoreau, founder of the influential Humanitarian League, and friend of Mahatma Gandhi. Also included are published works and correspondence from notable novelists H. E. Bates, H. G. Wells, and George Bernard Shaw.

These materials stand as testament to the work of the tireless campaigners who sought to spread their message through the creation and distribution of mass publications. Because the material was often published in the heat of argument with little thought for long-term preservation, this collection provides a valuable and unique multi-disciplinary research tool, as well as potential source for future exhibitions and associated opportunities for outreach and educational projects.

The acquisition of these pamphlets builds on the NCSU Libraries’ leadership in this collecting area and augments existing archival processing initiatives, including Acting for Animals: Revealing the Records of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Movements, a 2011 grant that documents the animal welfare and the animal rights movements of the second half of the 20th century. The Acting for Animals grant was supported with funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Dr. Tom Regan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at NC State University, notes that “before the recent acquisition, the library’s holdings were the most comprehensive in the world. With the addition of these new materials, especially the ones from the nineteenth century, the library has strengthened its claim to preeminence.”  The depth and breadth of the NCSU Libraries’ collections now provide a rich trove of primary resources to support research in animal advocacy, rights and welfare from the 1870s to the present.

Feb 13 2013

NCSU Libraries acquires Mitchell Bush Collection on Zoological Health

The North Carolina State University Libraries is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of an important collection related to the study and research of zoological health. The Mitchell (Mitch) Bush Collection contains files related to Dr. Bush’s research, teaching, and extensive work with free ranging and captive wildlife around the world.  Dr. Bush is a leader in the field of modern zoological medicine and has pioneered the development of many major clinical innovations, including safe anesthesia techniques in both captive and free-living non-domestic species.  The Bush collection will be held in the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

“We are ecstatic to have Dr. Bush’s papers and materials to add to our special collections in Zoological Health,” explains Dr. Michael Stoskopf, Professor of Wildlife and Aquatic Health at NC State.  “He is one of the most innovative and creative zoo clinicians I have had the pleasure to work with, and his collection will provide future zoological veterinarians and science historians with valuable insight into his approach to clinical and scientific problems, in addition to documenting the many functional solutions he has established to basic problems in the field.”

“Dr. Bush’s impact on the discipline of Zoological Health is far broader than his own work,” points out Dr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, Research Professor of Zoological Health at NC State.  “In many ways he is a founding grandfather of the NC State Zoological Health Programs, having trained two of the founders of our clinical programs.  His efforts in education around the globe have helped to build the discipline to the level of respect and impact it enjoys today.”

Dr. Bush graduated from of the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California–Davis, and trained as an intern at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston before coming to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.   His interests in comparative medicine and zoological species led to a clinical position at the National Zoological Park, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., in 1972.  There, he rapidly rose to a leadership role and developed the health services of the institution by revolutionizing clinical management of zoological species through the conduct and publication of pioneering clinical and basic science studies investigating a wide range of important questions.   After 22 years based out of the main zoo facilities in Washington, Dr. Bush assumed the role of chief of veterinary services at the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center, which allowed him to focus on international conservation health projects around the world.  He maintains faculty status in Comparative Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is a visiting scientist at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Dr. Bush has published more than 300 scientific publications on anesthesia, radiology, surgery, and theriogenology of captive and free ranging wildlife.  He established one of the very first clinical training opportunities in zoological medicine in the world; alumni of the clinic hold key positions and contribute to the knowledge of zoological medicine across the country and around the world.   He is a charter diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and a former president of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

The Mitchell Bush Collection contains research and teaching notes, presentations and materials, journals and publications, correspondence, field studies, research projects, training materials and images documenting medical studies and surgeries of wildlife in national and international settings.

The mission of the NCSU Libraries Zoological Health Collection is to assemble and archive the work of luminaries, pioneers, and leading practitioners in the discipline of zoological health and to make these unique materials available to a wide audience. The NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center holds research and primary resource materials in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers at the NC State University. By emphasizing established and emerging areas of excellence at the university and corresponding strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection, the SCRC strategically develops collections with the aim of becoming an indispensable source of information for generations of scholars.

Jan 13 2010

The Right Fit—Loving Animals and Loving Her Job

by Jackie Gadison

Hannah holding Remy, a Welsh terrier.

Hannah holding Remy, a Welsh terrier.

When Hannah Hope joined the Veterinary Medicine Library (VML) in August of 2009, she found the perfect place for an animal lover—and we found the perfect student employee. First, there was the incredible enthusiasm to gain knowledge about how the NCSU Libraries works and how she could assist learners with library resources on medicine and animal care. Then there was the long history of devoting as much time as possible to animals. Hannah works at an animal shelter in her hometown of Greensboro, NC, where she helps dogs, especially those who have been abused, to achieve positive behaviors through training. That’s on top of making ample time for her own two pets: Pumpkin, a mini Holland Lop rabbit, and an aquatic frog named Bert.

In her first semester at VML, Hannah learned the basics of “how to do things in the library and be creative in finding library resources and information for patrons.”  She takes her diverse work duties seriously as she gains experience.  A junior double majoring in psychology and anthropology, Hannah is also working on a minor in French,  a skill that is often useful with the international health resources at VML. She plans to enter NC State’s Public History graduate program and to become an archivist. We are fortunate to work with Hannah and share in opportunities that present experiences for her professional plans. She sums it up by saying “I love working here.”

Hannah has chosen the right fit and surrounded herself with clinicians, researchers and fellow animal-loving students, as well as the latest scholarly materials. Coming to work each day she passes through the halls of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  And when the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center opens in January of 2011, she will be able to look out from the VML onto the national model for excellence in companion animal medicine.  As Hannah says “I will be near the cutting edge for animal care.”

When not at the VML or her classes, Hannah supports the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team as a dedicated season ticket-holding fan. She is also a world traveler, having been to Italy, Monaco, Belgium, France and now Germany as part of her family vacation in December. Hannah plans to continue working at the Veterinary Medicine Library for several more years—that’s our hope too!