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American Kennel Club History (General) - Correspondence

Identifier: AKA-5-1

Scope and Contents

Files are chiefly composed of correspondence between club/breed representatives and various executives and departments of the AKC, and internal memoranda. Subjects may include the process of acquiring breed recognition, the establishment of a club, key changes to the breed standard and/or breed classification, club membership, breed stud book matters, registration of foundation stock, and educating breed judges. Files may also contain related records, such as photographs, pedigrees, breed standards, clippings, club registries prior to AKC membership, registrations, and other materials. Club publications (such as newsletters and periodicals) and show catalogs may also be present, although some have been moved to more relevant collections (in which case, a "Separated Record" form has been placed in the file in place of the removed item).

Notably, club presentations to the AKC for Stud Book entry, admission to the Miscellaneous Group or promotion to a more specific Group are included in this collection. These presentations often include club Constitutions and Bylaws, membership lists, breed and club histories, statistics, breed standard, articles, clippings, and sample club publications and show catalogs.


  • 1936-2012


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access may be subject to the approval of the Archivist and/or Executive Secretary, particularly for internal AKC records.

Physical Description

39 boxes


Materials are arranged alphabetically by recognized breed/club names with a final series titled "Unrecognized Breeds and Miscellaneous Correspondence" with any materials that do not fit into the aforementioned categories.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dates and internal sources of transfer to the AKC Archives are often unrecorded, though it appears an executive or other authority selected the files for preservation. When known, the creator/compiler of the files is noted on the outside of the file folder.


Guide to the American Kennel Club History (General) - Correspondence records
Katie Bednark
2018 July
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Repository Details

Part of the American Kennel Club Library & Archives Repository

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