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MC 00456 Guide to Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Pamphlets, 1874-1952

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[Box 1, Folder 2]
Includes article about use of erroneous germ theory in treatment of venereal disease and information on vaccination.
[Box 1, Folder 3]
Includes information on vaccination and a brief article on aging.
[Box 1, Folder 19]
Reprinted from The Daily Mail's Don't spare the rod if it will save the birds by Pat Murphy.
[Box 2, Folder 8]
This leaflet is not mentioned on The Order Of the Golden Age's current website or open library's catalog of Oldfield's publications.
[Box 2, Folder 28]
From a leaflet issued by the Millennium Guild, of New York City. This article by the late J. Howard Moore, author of The New Ethics, The Universal Kinship and Better World Philosophy, was first published by the Guild in 1912.
[Box 2, Folder 33]
These are partial issues, many pages are missing and/or mixed up
[Box 2, Folder 38]
Includes section on the language of pain, lameness
[Box 2, Folder 52]
Note in pencil reads proof in this type?
[Box 3, Folder 5]
Pencil mark initial in right upper corner of cover
[Box 3, Folder 7]
Includes printed petition to end hare-hunt at Eton, signatories include: Sir Hesketh Bell, Algernon Blackwood, Miss Marjorie Bowen [pseudonym?], Lord Olivier [uncle to Lawrence Olivier], Eden Phillpotts, Bertrand Russell, The Hon. V. [Vita] Sackville-West, Siegfried Sassoon, The Bishop of Southwark, Hugh Walpole, Prof. F.E. Weiss, Mrs. Virginia Woolf, among others
[Box 3, Folder 9]
Reproduced by special permission from the Sunday Express of July 24th and August 7th, 1927
[Box 3, Folder 32]
Reprinted from and published by Progress To-day
[Box 3, Folder 55]
Includes information on humane killing devices
[Box 4, Folder 15]
[Box 4, Folder 27]
[Box 4, Folder 34]
This letter is by Miss F. P. Cobbe and appeared in the Catholic Times, March 9th, 1894.
[Box 4, Folder 37]
Note in ink reads please return this keep the [illegible]
[Box 4, Folder 41]
Reprinted by permission from the Fortnightly Review, of Oct., 1869, by the Tunbridge Wells' Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
[Box 4, Folder 43] More Courage, Friends! (From The Zoophilist, March, 1890) Victoria Street Society for the Protection of Animals from Vivisection, United with the International Association for the Total Suppression of Vivisection, 1890
[Box 4, Folder 50]
Location of Society is 56 Bloomsbury Street, London; Vice-presidents of Society included A. A. Milne, Lord Olivier, Bertrand Russell, Miss V. Sackville-West, Henry S. Salt, Prof. F. E. Weiss, H. G. Wells and others; discusses stance of BBC in animal rights issues; includes list of subscriptions and donations with prominent members of area in group
[Box 4, Folder 55]
Reprinted from a speech given Sunday, December 18th, 1881
[Box 5, Folder 3]
Reprinted from Down the River, by H. E. Bates (Victor Gollancz, Ltd., London, 1937, 10/6 net), by special permission of the author and publishers.)
[Box 5, Folder 18]
Includes a loose flyer Withdraw the Pit Ponies
[Box 6, Folder 16]
This appears to be an excerpt of pages from a larger publication.
[Box 6, Folder 21]
American organization located in Washington, D.C.
[Box 7, Folder 5]
Labeled 1902 on front cover in pencil
[Box 7, Folder 26]
These pages are from a larger publication
[Box 7, Folder 16]
Pencil marked abbreviation in upper righthand corner
[Box 7, Folder 19]
[Box 7, Folder 37]
Appears to be a page torn from a book, inked-in title: Why I condemn Vivisection -R.H. Perks, appears to be a correspondence from Perks giving his reason for opposition via a published text


3.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description

7 archival boxes



Acquisition Information

Purchased from Deborah Coltham Rare Books and Fishburn Books, 2012.


Processed by Kelsey Chandler, January 2013; finding aid created by Kelsey Chandler, January 2013

Scope and Content Note

Educational publications, advertisements, informational pamphlets, correspondence, subscription forms and ephemera related to animal rights and animal welfare, especially anti-vivisection. This collection appears to originate from the West of England, with a particular focus on the Manchester area. However, the collection also contains material from throughout the United Kingdom and a few materials from the United States. Most of the material was produced and distributed by organizations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society, the League for the Prohibition of Cruel Sports, National Society for the Abolition of Cruel Sports, the Victoria Street Society for the Abolition of Vivisection, and others. Also included are Catholic, Quaker, and other religious pamphlets. The collection contains items written by Frances Power Cobbe, Henry Stephens Salt, H. E. Bates, George Bernard Shaw, and H. G. Wells. Members of the Bloomsbury Group, including Virginia Woolf and Clive Bell who are listed as subscribers to some groups, are represented here. There is also material related to and designed by cartoonist and animal rights activist Cyril Kenneth Bird, who went by the pen name 'Fougasse.' The material ranges in date from the 1870s to the 1950s and includes a quantity of material from the interwar period and the era surrounding and following World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

Though anti-vivisection and animal rights were a concern in the United Kingdom as early as the eighteenth century, the first anti-cruelty law, "The Animal Protection Act" was passed in 1822, outlawing cruelty to cattle, horses, and sheep. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Anmials was formed two years later and had the distinction of being the first animal welfare society in the world, as well as the first law enforcement agency in the United Kingdom. In 1840, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received the support of Queen Victoria and adopted the name the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Anti-vivisection movements increased in response to an increase in scientific and medical experimentation with mammals in the later half of the nineteenth century. Despite the commonly held belief that animal rights reemerged as a primary concern in the 1970s, groups advocating for the rights and well-being of animals continued from the nineteeth century into the era following World War II with little stagnation.

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