Oral History Archives at Columbia
 

Animal Advocates Oral History Collection, 1999-2004

Summary Information

Abstract

The Animal Advocates Oral History Collection contains fourteen interviews conducted between 1999 and 2004 with individuals who were involved in different areas of the movement to protect animals. The project sought to examine the genesis and development of ethical frameworks regarding the treatment of animals, the trajectories of different collective actions, how the movements of the 1970s and 1980s continued or differed from earlier movements for the treatment of animals, and the role that individuals played in shaping the movement. Aspects of animal protection discussed in the interviews include animal shelters, opposition to vivisection and scientific testing on animals, treatment of agricultural animals, and environmentalism. Common themes addressed include connections between violence towards animals and violence towards humans, connections with other social justice movements, vegetarianism and veganism, interactions between different organizations, and the religious and ethical backgrounds of narrators.

At a Glance

Call No.: OHAC
Bib ID 11731690 View CLIO record
Creator(s)
Title Animal Advocates Oral History Collection, 1999-2004
Physical Description 14 volumes (Transcripts); 77 sound cassettes; 4 compact disks; 3.5 Linear Feet; 110 Gigabytes
Language(s) English
Access

Transcripts and attachments are located onsite. Interview audio cassettes and compact disks are located offsite.

Access: Open.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Interviews are arranged alphabetically by narrator's last name.

Description

Scope and Content

The Animal Advocates Oral History Collection contains fourteen interviews with individuals who were involved in different areas of the movement to protect animals. The interviews largely focus on activities during the 1970s and 1980s, but there is also significant analysis of connections with earlier advocacy for animals and commentary on issues at the time of the interviews. Aspects of animal protection discussed include animal shelters, opposition to vivisection and scientific testing on animals, vegetarianism and veganism, treatment of agricultural animals, and environmentalism. Common themes addressed include connections between violence towards animals and violence towards humans, connections with other social justice movements, interactions between different organizations, and the religious and ethical backgrounds of narrators. There is a particular focus on activities of people and organizations in New England. Many interviews include photographs and supplemental material, such as books, publications from animal rights organizations, writings by narrators, and other ephemera. In 2015-2016, digital audio was created from all interview cassettes.

Interviewees in the collection are Willard Anderson, Theadora Capaldo, Robert Cummings, Ann Cottrell Free, Walter Kilroy, John F. Kullberg, Carter Luke, Sandra Rae Larson, Jim Mason, F. Barbara Orlans, Tom Regan, Margaret "Peggy" Moreland Stathos, Ethel Thurston, and Peter Singer.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Access Restrictions

Transcripts and attachments are located onsite. Interview audio cassettes and compact disks are located offsite.

Access: Open.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright by Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 2016.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Finding aid written by David A. Olson, compiling description accompanying transcripts and additional description by Deidre B. Flowers, 2016.

Revision Description

2016-03-15 xml document instance created by David A. Olson

2019-06-08 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oral histories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Animal industry -- Moral and ethical aspects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Animal rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Animal rights activists -- Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Animal rights movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Animal shelters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Animal welfare Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beauty without Cruelty USA (Organization) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laboratory animals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National Anti-Vivisection Society (Great Britain) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New England Anti-Vivisection Society Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veganism -- Moral and ethical aspects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vegetarianism -- Moral and ethical aspects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vivisection Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World Society for the Protection of Animals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Animal Advocates Oral History Project was conducted between 1999 and 2004 to document the activities of individuals and organizations that had fought for the protection of animals in the preceding decades. The 1970s and 1980s saw the publication of groundbreaking books, new articulations of ethical frameworks, and increased national publicity for animal rights and protection. The project was undertaken by the non-profit organization Recording Animal Advocacy as the movement entered a more introspective phase in the 1990s, and members began asking questions about their past that traditional archival sources did not readily address. The project sought to examine the genesis and development of ethical frameworks, the trajectories of different collective actions, how the movements of the 1970s and 1980s continued or differed from earlier movements for the treatment of animals, and the role that individuals played in shaping the movement.