This collection is comprised of nearly 400 rare pamphlets and other works relating to animal advocacy, animal rights, and animal welfare. 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 shed light upon the moral, social, medical, and political dimensions of this complex social movement.
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) Records document the organization’s work to reduce the suffering of animals in research laboratories and other experimental environments. The AWI, founded in 1951 by Christine Stevens, later expanded its efforts to monitor animals in the wild, in farms, and in other captive environments.
The Argus Archives served as a resource for other humane organizations around the world. The material collected by the Argus Archives focuses on the daily treatment of animals and characterizes the efforts of humane organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia to stop abuse through humane education and legislation.
The Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit cultural organization committed to fostering the growth of intellectual and artistic endeavors united by a positive concern for animals. Founded in 1985 by Nancy and Tom Regan, the CAF exists to expand understanding and appreciation of animals and to improve the ways in which they are treated in human society. The collections include historical and financial records, correspondence, programs, artistic portfolios, and other items dating from 1985 to the present.
The Esther Mechler Papers document Mechler’s interest and participation in the animal rights movement. In 1990 she founded SPAY/USA, a national referral service for low-cost spay/neutering. The organization is now considered one of the largest spay/neuter advocacy and referral programs in the world.
The Tom Regan Papers document the career of NCSU Philosophy Professor Tom Regan. His work provides much of the philosophical and ethical underpinnings for the contemporary animal rights movement in the United States. This collection contains correspondence, research files, drafts, published articles, audio visual materials, and artifacts. The primary foci of the collection are Tom Regan's two lifelong professional interests: animal rights and the moral philosophy of G. E. Moore. These two subjects are treated fully through Regan's notes, writings, and presentations, as well as through film and audio projects.