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Jun 04 2014

Exploring the Animal Welfare Archival Collections at the NCSU Libraries

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries was supported by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to describe its holdings of the records of the Animal Rights Network (ARN), portions of the records of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and hundreds of audio and videotapes documenting conferences, demonstrations, debates, and oral histories with important figures in the these movements, most recorded by Ron Scott.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) files address the treatment of animals in all aspects of society, including agriculture, industry, science, conservation, and recreation. The collection contains correspondence and other material from the AWI and its lobbying organization, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation, on national issues related to the humane treatment of animals in laboratories and farms, as well as international issues such as whaling and the exotic animal trade. It also documents groups on all sides of the animal welfare movement.

View a PDF of a brief presentation about the Animal Welfare Institute and Animal Rights Network records by Project Librarian Jodi Berkowitz. For details about the holdings in each collection, visit the finding aids:

For information about accessing these materials through the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, please visit