ASPCA papers, 1868-1889

Extent:12 bound volumes and 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
The ASCPA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) papers consist of the business correspondence of the early years of the ASPCA, and include correspondence to and from Henry Bergh, Sr., the founder and President of the Society; his nephew Henry Bergh, Jr., Secretary and succeeding President; and nephew Edwin Bergh, Assistant Secretary.

Scope and Content
The ASPCA papers consist of the business correspondence of the ASPCA in the form of twelve letter copybooks of “correspondence sent,” and two boxes of “correspondence received.”  Henry Bergh, Sr., is the primary correspondent until the mid 1880’s, when we begin to see more letters authored by his nephew, Henry Bergh, Jr.  By 1887, following his wife’s death, Henry, Sr. ceases almost entirely to appear as an author of any of the letters.  Around this time, his other nephew, Edwin, begins to take a more active role in the Society, as Assistant Secretary.  The majority of the correspondence deals primarily with complaints documenting animal abuse and cruelty from concerned citizens, correspondence regarding ongoing prosecution of offenders, letters to donors and supporters, and letters to editors of local publications.  Bergh also corresponded with other New York State branches of the Society, as well as representatives of other state’s societies who often sought his advice or requested his presence at a speaking engagement or event.

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