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AKF 100.4 Sports Illustrated Library news clippings files, 1950-1993

 Record Group
Identifier: AKF 100.4

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of news clippings files created and maintained by the Sports Illustrated Library. This library provided reference services to journalists working for the sports-centered Time Inc. (formerly Time-Life) publication, published in its familiar iteration since 1954. As the clippings date back to the early 1950s, the library and its work assembling these subject files likely started sometime around the magazine's initial publication.

The files cover specific subjects (such as medicine, training dogs, oddities, travel, and more), notable dogs (articles are filed alphabetically by name, with some specific files on individual dogs), breeds, and coverage of dog shows and other activities by AKC clubs and international organizations (with many specific files on individual associations, and other clippings in loose alphabetical arrangement by organization name).

Articles were clipped from not only Sports Illustrated, but the New York Times, New York Herald-Tribune, Christian-Science Monitor, Time, Life, Sporting News, and other national and regional publications.

Pamphlets are also interspersed amongst the files. These and other contents may pre-date the 1950s.


  • 1950-1993


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This material is open to research without restrictions, though careful handling will be reinforced due to fragile nature of aging newsprint.

Publishing and Use

Many of the materials, particularly photographs, may still be under copyright and require permission of the AKC and/or the creator before publishing. Please consult the Archivist.

Physical Description

From the Collection: 100 Linear Feet


The Sports Illustrated Library News Clippings files are comprised of dog-centered subject files originally assembled as a reference resource for journalists working for the popular sports magazine between the early 1950s and 1990s. Articles were clipped not only from Sports Illustrated but the New York Times, Life, Time, and many other national and regional publications. They chronicle all manner of dog-related subjects from dog show coverage to human interest stories. Breed, notable dog, and organization (chiefly AKC parent and member club) files are arranged alphabetically.


Acquisition is unrecorded. Files were likely transferred to the AKC Library from Sports Illustrated, sometime after 1993, due to the magazine's declining coverage of dog-related sport.

Related Materials

The Sports Illustrated Library ceased operations in 2014. Many of its materials were likely included in the 2015 Time Inc. Archives donation to the New-York Historical Society.



Repository Details

Part of the American Kennel Club Library & Archives Repository

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