The American Kennel Club (AKC) Library and Archives has been collecting practically everything dog-related, with a significant focus on purebred dogs, since 1934.
The library began as a resource for AKC members, explained AKC Archivist Jaimie Fritz; it holds about 15,000 volumes and the archives contains more than 1,200 linear feet of ephemera. A professional librarian was hired to manage the collection in the 1930s, starting with publications like the AKC Gazette and other non-AKC materials related to dogs.
For its 138th anniversary last fall, AKC announced the launch of its digital library, which provides access to materials including the full run of the Gazette—described as “the official journal of the sport of purebred dogs”—since its launch in 1889. People can search for specific breeders, read about the results of shows, learn about updates to breeds over time, and more.
Editor’s Note: Read more, see link below for original item…