The AKC maintains one of the largest libraries devoted to dogs in the world, containing approximately 15,000 volumes, and the only national repository dedicated to the sport and enjoyment of the purebred dog. It has been providing internal and external reference on all manners of dog-related inquiries since 1934.
The AKC Archives began in 1998 as a service to AKC national breed clubs. Since then, it has grown to include AKC Administrative records, and personal collections of prominent men and women in the sport.
The AKC Library & Archives holdings also include a complete run of the AKC Gazette and other bound periodicals, Stud Books, AKC-licensed dog show catalogs (1877-1983), art, literature, juvenile books, stamps, bookplates, scrapbooks, and vertical files of clippings, magazine articles, and photographs. The collection boasts such rare books as Johannes Caius’s De Canibus Britannicis, published in 1570; Cynographia Britannica by Sydenham Edwards, published in 1800; and the personal libraries of renowned fanciers John Cross, the Shearer sisters, Alva Rosenberg, and more.
A quarter of the library collection is now available for viewing within the AKC Museum of the Dog. A display case within this space features rotating exhibitions of AKC Library & Archives collection highlights. Currently on view through October is “The AKC at 50: Thriving in the Thirties,” exploring this exciting decade for the world of dogdom and the AKC, in commemoration of the organization’s 135th anniversary and the Library’s own 85th birthday. You can read more here.
For all research inquiries*, research appointment requests, general questions or comments, please use this form.
*All dog pedigree requests and related inquiries to dogs registered in the last three decades, should be first directed to the AKC Registration and Customer Service department at email@example.com or 919-233-9767.
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