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Portuguese Water Dog Club of America collection

Identifier: AKD-3-16

Scope and Contents

The collection comprehensively chronicles the club and breed's development over the course of 30 years in the United States.

The meeting minutes, dating back to the club's founding, provide a wealth of information about the breed and the club in the United States. These files may also contain correspondence, memorandum, and other documents. Beginning in 2002, audio and video recordings of club meetings are available.

The club administration files include annual reports (1997-2005), membership directories (1975-2006), AKC breed presentations, breed standards, constitutions and by-laws, the club logo design and ephemera, and more. The correspondence includes a general chronological series of notices, breed standard updates, clippings, and meeting highlights sent out to members from 1975 to 1999. Further correspondence is arranged by subject, such as The Courier, genetics, hair loss and committee related files.

The dog registries materials feature some of the earliest records of the breed in United States -- most significantly, the Portuguese Water Dog litter registry begun in 1971. Also present are import registration certificates, examples of some of the earliest PWDS in the country, and sample registration forms from Portugal.

The publications series contains books, various magazines and clippings, and numerous breed newsletters. In addition to the parent club newsletters, also present are local PWD club-related newsletters, such as, the Cruise Line, a bi-monthly newsletter with an emphasis on PWD owners in the western United States and the southeastern region's The Dixie Courier and The Navigator.

The dog show materials include select National Specialty catalogs, results sheets, premium lists, and photographs. Videocassette recordings are available for Specialties between 1992 and 2001 -- including conformation as well as obedience, agility, and water trials -- as well as a few water trial events and classes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Realia present are a 1997 Specialty tote bag; flag featuring a Portuguese Water Dog; commemorative pins for the annual shows starting with their first in 1992, which is made of pewter; and ribbons and rosettes won by the preeminent Ch. Charlie de Alvalade.


  • 1971-2006


Language of Materials

Materials are in English, with the exception of one book in Portuguese.

Access Restrictions

This material is open to research without restrictions, with the exception of one folder of financial documents.

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

21.8 Linear feet (in 38 boxes (33 doc boxes, 1 tall legal-sized doc box, 1 DVD/CD box, 1 oversize flat box, and 2 mixed collection oversize flat boxes))


The collection comprehensively chronicles the club and breed histories' development over the course of 30 years in the United States. It includes meeting minutes dating back to the club's founding; club administration files; correspondence; original litter registries and import certificates for the earliest examples of the breed in the United States; publications, such as national and regional club newsletters; catalogs, photographs, and video records of select National Specialties; and more.


This collection is divided into six series based on content and form:

  1. Meeting Minutes, 1972-2005
  2. Club Administration Files, 1971-2001
  3. Correspondence, 1975-1999
  4. Dog Registries, 1971-1983
  5. Publications, 1972-2006
  6. Dog Shows, 1980-2006


Collection was donated by Portuguese Water Dog Club of America president Janet Boyd, on behalf of the club, in 2007.

Guide to the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America Collection
Under Revision
Originally processed by Norma Rosado-Blake; Edits, additions, and conversion of legacy finding aid by Brynn White
2007; Edits in 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the American Kennel Club Library & Archives Repository

101 Park Ave
FL 5
New York NEW YORK 10178 United States