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San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Records
SFH 75  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Materials Transferred
  • Materials Transferred
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Records
    Date (inclusive): 1868-2016
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 75
    Creator: San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
    Physical Description: 28 Linear Feet (approximately 28 linear feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: Log books, ledgers, subject files, reports, documents, ephemera, audiovisual recordings, and photographic materials of the San Francisco SPCA, documenting its history, operations, programs, and services from its founding through the turn of the millennium.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored offsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items. The San Francisco SPCA maintains copyright to all items in the collection, to the extent that it owns or licenses those rights. Some publications and/or photographs may have additional copyright holders.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFH 75), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Donated by the San Francisco SPCA in 2009. Accession 2009-123.

    Materials Transferred

    Photographs have been transferred to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection and are available for use during Photo Desk hours.
    Issues of Our Animals Volume 8 Number 10 (Jan. 1915) through Volume 103 Number 3 (Fall 2009) and Volume 105 Number 2 (Summer 2011) through Volume 109 Number 5 (Fall 2016) have been transferred to the San Francisco History Center periodicals.

    Materials Transferred

    Issues of Our Dumb Animals (Sept. 1925-Dec. 1931, missing Oct. 1925, Feb.-June 1929, and Nov. 1930) have been de-accessioned and offered to the Boston Public Library. 12/5/13
    Accruals of Our Animals may be expected via the Magazines & Newspapers Center, or via future accessions from SF SPCA. Duplicate loose issues remain filed with SFH 75 for use in exhibits, etc.

    Biographical / Historical

    Founded in 1868, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF SPCA) is one of the oldest welfare agencies in the City and one of the oldest humane societies in the nation.
    As both an advocacy and a direct service organization, it works for the protection and humane treatment of animals via shelter, adoption, medical care, foster care, spay and neutering, and other services and programs.
    In accordance with the history of the times, earlier years of the Society's work focused on horses (then a major source of work and transportation) and livestock, with dogs and cats as pets becoming more prominent beginning in the mid-20th century. The Society has always advocated for the protection of all animals, both wild and domestic.
    The Society is still active today, with buildings at and expanded from its original location at 16th and Alabama Streets.

    Scope and Contents

    Log books, ledgers, subject files, reports, documents, ephemera, audiovisual recordings, posters, and photographic materials of the San Francisco SPCA, documenting its history, operations, programs, and services from its founding through the turn of the millennium. Early documents consist of officers' patrol logs and appointments, early City Pound records, photographs, some financial and membership records, and miscellaneous files of Secretary Matthew McCurrie. Beginning in the mid-20th century and into the 1990s and 2000s, materials related to programs and events predominate, along with coverage of capital projects.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into four series: Series 1: Administration; Series 2: Programs and Services; Series 3: Promotion; and Series 4: Photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Animal welfare -- California -- San Francisco.
    Animal shelters -- California -- San Francisco.
    Pets -- California -- San Francisco.
    San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals