Animal Welfare Institute Records 1930-2003

Creator
Animal Welfare Institute
Size
559.5 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00344
Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

Patrons may not use original audio visual materials; access is restricted until a use copy can be produced.

The records of the Animal Welfare Institute include administrative files of both the AWI and the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL), subject files on animals the organization works to protect, files on legislation that SAPL has been involved with, files on the work of other animal rights groups, subject files on regional activities, photographs, publications, books, and audiovisual materials. Materials of the organization range in date from its founding in the early 1950s to the early 2000s; other materials in the collection date back to the 1930s.

The Animal Welfare Institute was created in 1951 as a non-profit, charitable organization focused on reducing the amount of suffering inflicted on animals by humans. The AWI continues to be active in these endeavors today, working to reduce animal cruelty in captive and domestic situations--including farming and laboratories--and also working to protect the rights of animals living in the wild, both on land and in the water.

Biographical/historical note

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) was founded in 1951 by Christine Stevens as a non-profit, charitable organization with the intention of working to reduce the amount of pain and fear that humans inflict on animals. The immediate focus of the AWI in the 1950s and 1960s was the cruelty to which animals were subjected in research laboratories and other experimental environments. Since that time, AWI has expanded its focus to also monitor animals in the wild, on farms, and in other captive environments, such as zoos, circuses, and domestic situations.

To promote these aims, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) was subsequently founded by Stevens in 1955. When SAPL was founded, only two federal laws to protect animals existed. With its founding, SAPL became the first non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to the passage and promotion of local, federal, and international legislation concerning animal welfare. Begining in 1958, SAPL has aided in the ratification of fifteen federal laws and nine strengthening amendments, while also working to combat opposing legislation.

SAPL existed as a separate, sister organization of the AWI until 2003; tax law changes in that year allowed SAPL to become a division of the AWI. To promote animal welfare, SAPL researches animal-specific issues and then prepares information for members of Congress and their staff.

Christine Stevens acted as president of AWI from the time of founding until her death in 2002. As of 2011, the AWI is run by a group of directors, officers, and committees of scientific personnel. The AWI is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Scope/content

The records of the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) include administrative files of both AWI and Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL), subject files on animals the organization works to protect, files on legislation that SAPL has been involved with, files on the work of other animal rights groups, subject files on regional activities, publications, books, photographs, and audiovisual materials. Materials of the organization range in date from its founding in the early 1950s to the early 2000s; other materials in the collection date back to the 1930s.

Physical description

785 letter boxes, 122 legal boxes, 34 video boxes, 3 flat boxes, 3 oversize flat boxes, 18 cartons, 1 cassette box, 4 half letter boxes, 1 half legal box, 2 flat folder drawers, and 5 flat folders.

Arrangement

The records of the Animal Welfare Institute are arranged into fifteen series.

  • Series 1. AWI Administrative and Organization Files
  • Series 2. SAPL Administrative and Research Files
  • Series 3. Animals in the Oceans
  • Series 4. Animals in the Wild
  • Series 5. Animals in Laboratories
  • Series 6. Animals in Agriculture
  • Series 7. Animals in Sports and Amusements
  • Series 8. Legislation and Public Policy
  • Series 9. Regional Files
  • Series 10. Other Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Groups
  • Series 11. Other Topical Files
  • Series 12. Publications
  • Series 13. Photographs
  • Series 14. Audiovisual Materials
  • Series 15. Posters

There is considerable overlap among topics covered in the series, and materials related to the Animal Welfare Institute and the Society for Animal Protective Legislation can be found in all series. There is also considerable overlap between Series 12: Publications and preceding topical series. Within each series and subseries, files are typically arranged alphabetically and then by date. See series descriptions for more content information.

Use of these materials

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Animal Welfare Institute Records, MC 00344, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Received from the Animal Welfare Institute, 2003 (Accession 2003.0017) and 2004 (2004-0005).

Processing information

Processed by Cate Putirskis, 2008 January; Danica Cullinan, Claire Ruswick and Emily Walters, 2010 June; Stephanie Barnwell and Babi Hammond, 2011 September; Lori Harris, Darby Reiners and Ashley Williams, 2014 May.

Encoded by Cate Putirskis, 2008 January; Danica Cullinan, Claire Ruswick and Emily Walters, 2010 June; Stephanie Barnwell and Babi Hammond, 2011 September; Lori Harris, Darby Reiners and Ashley Williams, 2014 May.

Sponsor

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.