Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive

In 2000, the NCSU Libraries received funding from an anonymous donor to establish the Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive. The library is using this funding to organize, preserve, and provide access to the Tom Regan Collection, which consists of Regan’s personal papers and books documenting his key role in the animal rights movement. The gift was also used to fund this animal rights research site, and a library exhibit featuring the collection. As funds permit, the gift will be used to expand the Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive to include materials from individuals and organizations related to the animal rights movement in this country. Regan’s gift, coupled with support from the donation, marks the first attempt in the world to establish a single central repository for rare and unique materials relating to the animal rights movement.

This animal rights research site was designed by the NCSU Computer Science Senior Design Center students Shane Smith, Brenda Loehfelm, Sherry Pitz, Alan Seales, and Matt Senter, in consultation with the NSCU Libraries’ Special Collections, Digital Library Initiatives, and Systems Departments.

The Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive at the NCSU Libraries includes:

Tom Regan Papers
The Tom Regan Papers documents the career of NC State Professor of Philosophy, Tom Regan. Regan’s work provides much of the philosophical and ethical underpinnings for the contemporary animal rights movement in the United States. His 1983 text, The Case for Animal Rights, is regarded by many scholars and commentators as the seminal work in the field. The collection—consisting of notes, letters, manuscripts and typescripts, books and pamphlets, and audiovisual materials—offers insight and context for the development of Regan’s ideas.

Betsy and Tom Giduz Papers
Tom and Betsy Giduz are local North Carolina animal rights activists. This collection contains reprints of local and national Animal Rights literature, particularly with regard to biological and medical research.

Culture and Animals Foundation Records
The Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF) is a nonprofit, cultural organization committed to fostering the growth of intellectual and artistic endeavors united by a positive concern for animals. Founded in 1985 by Nancy and Tom Regan, the CAF exists to expand understanding and appreciation of animals—improving the ways in which they are treated and their standing in human society.

Esther Mechler Papers
Esther Mechler is the founder of SPAY/USA, the largest spay/neuter advocacy and referral program in the world. Founded in Connecticut in 1990, it has grown to include more than 8,000 sites nationwide. This collection contains Ms. Mechler’s papers, along with a selection of films, periodicals, T-shirts, and other memorabilia pertaining to the rise of the animal rights movement. Titles include copies of the Unicorn, one of the first animal rights newspapers, as well as some other work by Maria Grant; background information for the first animal rights slide show, Animal Rights: The Issues, the Movement, and other educational materials.

Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights Records
The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR) was founded in 1981 by Neil C. Wolff, D.V.M. and Nedim C. Buyukmihci, V.M.D. to educate the public and the veterinary profession to secure higher ideals of humanity and policy toward all nonhuman animals. The AVAR Collection includes articles, newsletters, videotapes, and other materials documenting the work of the association.

Steve Sapontzis Papers
Steve Sapontzis, author of the landmark Morals, Reason, and Animals, and founder of the Hayward Friends of Animals Humane Society, is emeritus professor of philosophy (Cal State, Hayward). This collection includes copies of several of his philosophical and animal rights manuscripts.

Animals Asia Foundation Records
The Animals Asia Foundation, a government-registered charity based in Hong Kong, with additional offices in Australia and the United Kingdom, is devoted to the needs of wild, domesticated and endangered species through the Asian continent. The Animals Asia Collection contains papers, promotional material, and a video, pertaining to the work of the foundation.

Catherine Roberts Papers
Catherine Roberts was an animal rights advocate who began her career as a scientist, but soon determined that she would devote her life to writing about the need for humane treatment of animals. This collection contains Dr. Roberts’s writings, including The Scientific Conscience; Science, Animals, and Evolution; and articles and correspondence.


If you would like to discuss contributing materials to the Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive, please contact:

Special Collections Research Center
NCSU Libraries
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC 27695
phone: 919-515-2273
Or email us.

Please note that due to the overwhelming size of recent donations of animal rights and related collections, we can no longer accept printed materials that duplicate our holdings. We are, however, interested in discussing unpublished archival and ephemeral material with prospective donors.

The Special Collections Research Center is cataloging tremendous volumes of archival material. If you would like to contribute funds to accelerate this undertaking, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

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