Wim DeKok Animal Rights Collection 1891, 1911-2016 (bulk 1950-1990)

Creator
DeKok, Wim
Size
40.1 linear feet (68 boxes, 6 legal boxes, 1 legal halfbox, 3 halfboxes, 1 flat box)
Call number
MC 00566
Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

The Wim Dekok Animal Rights Collection consists of publications, leaflets, clippings, articles, correspondence, and photographs from national and international animal rights organizations. These materials, compiled by Wim DeKok, originated in many countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia. Consequently, they are published in a variety of languages, most notably English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish. Topics include animal cruelty, vivisection, the meat industry, strays and pet keeping, whaling, fur, and bullfighting. The collection includes correspondence from Professor Sjoerd Hofstra (1898-1983) of the Netherlands, former Chairman (1961-1973) of the World Federation for the Protection of Animals.

Wim Dekok is president emeritus of the National Council for Animal Protection, an advisory board member of ACTAsia for Animals, president of World Animal Net, and a board member of the Species Survival Network and the European Alliance for Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries. For over 35 years, while working in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, he has been active in and collected papers and documents on animal welfare and the animal rights movement.

Language

Materials in this collection are primarily in English, French, German, and Dutch. There are also materials in Arabic, Czech, Danish, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Biographical/historical note

Wim Dekok is president emeritus of the National Council for Animal Protection, an advisory board member of ACTAsia for Animals, president of World Animal Net, and a board member of the Species Survival Network and the European Alliance for Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries. For over 35 years, while working in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, he has been active in and collected papers and documents on animal welfare and the animal rights movement.

Dekok grew up in rural Netherlands and was involved in animal activism at a young age. He joined a humane farming organization and, in 1978, became its secretary general. In this position, he created national and international coalitions of animal activists, governments, producers, and consumers. In 1987, Dekok joined the World Society for the Protection of Animals (currently World Animal Protection) where he founded the Dutch office and launched communications for the global NO Fur campaign.

In 1994, Dekok moved to the United States while working with World Animal Protection and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. He then co-founded World Animal Net, a networking organization to facilitate animal protection organizations around the world. In 2012, Dekok founded and became executive director of Four Paws USA, Europe's largest international animal welfare charity, and also helped found branches in Australia and Thailand.

Scope/content

The Wim Dekok Animal Rights Collection consists of publications, leaflets, clippings, articles, correspondence, and photographs from national and international animal rights organizations. These materials, compiled by Wim DeKok, originated in many countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia. Consequently, they are published in a variety of languages, most notably English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish. Topics include animal cruelty, vivisection, the meat industry, strays and pet keeping, whaling, fur, and bullfighting. The collection includes correspondence from Professor Sjoerd Hofstra (1898-1983) of the Netherlands, former Chairman (1961-1973) of the World Federation for the Protection of Animals.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in series: 1. Organizations, 2. Publications, 3. Campaign Material, 4. Papers of Individuals, 5. Writings and Speeches, 6. Newspaper Clippings, 7. Documents from Unknown Organizations or Authors.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wim DeKok Animal Rights Collection, MC 00566, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Wim DeKok, 2015 (Accession 2015.0167 and 2015.0296)

Processing information

Processed by Gwynn Thayer and Jessica Serrao, August 2015; additional processing by Lisa Withers, Siouxanne Ellis, and Caitlyn Sosbe, March 2018; finding aid created by Gwynn Thayer and Jessica Serrao, August 2015; finding aid revised by Lisa Withers, April 2018.

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wim DeKok Animal Rights Collection, MC 00566, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.