Libraries partners with ASPCA on large-scale digitization of animal welfare materials


The NCSU Libraries and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are honored to receive a major grant award from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

The Libraries will partner with the ASPCA on the three-year project "'The Animal Turn': Digitizing Animal Protection and Human-Animal Studies Collections." A $360,384 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award from the CLIR will fund the digitization of some 239,000 pages of archival materials from the Libraries' nationally significant animal rights and welfare collections, and approximately 150,000 pages from the ASPCA's records documenting its history as a national leader in animal protection since its founding in 1866. The full press release for the project is available on the Libraries News site. Needless to say, we are incredibly excited about the project and eager to start.

Items scanned through "The Animal Turn" will be made available as part of the NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video, audio recordings, and textual materials.