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AKC Breeds and National Breed Club collections

Identifier: AKD-100

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of all materials produced and distributed by AKC parent clubs that have not been donated to the AKC Library & Archives as a larger formally deposited collection (as part of its archival services program established to professionally maintain parent club records). Materials have been assembled piecemeal over the course of departmental operations either by staff, or by donation of the club itself.

The Breed and Club files may also contain some breed-specific material that was not produced by the club, but has not been formally accessioned into the Library collection.


  • 1900-current

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This material is open to research without restrictions.

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.

AKC Clubs

Parent clubs are the national representative for each of the dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. Most significantly, they set the breed standard, defining the criteria for the its appearance. After the establishment of a constitution and by-laws defining their mission, national breed clubs host AKC-licensed events -- including regional and national specialties -- award top producers and other achievements, and often engage in altruistic initiatives such as dog rescue, public education and outreach, and health committees devoted to the breed's specific concerns. Appointed breed columnists contribute regular updates to the AKC Gazette.

A "club of clubs," the American Kennel Club is comprised of parent clubs for each breed, over 500 member clubs, and approximately 5,000 affiliated clubs. Parent and member clubs exercise voting privileges through the election of a "delegate" representative. Delegates constitute the legislative body of the AKC, making the rules and electing from their body the individuals who serve on AKC's Board of Directors.

Physical Description

.0000001 Linear Feet (There are regular accruals to this collection.)


This collection is organized into 5 series based on content and/or form:

  1. Club Catalogs
  2. Club Publications
  3. Club Yearbooks
  4. Breed and Club FIles
  5. AKC Breed Administration Files


These materials have either been donated piecemeal or actively collected by AKC Library & Archives staff from parent clubs.

Guide to the AKC National Breed Club Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the American Kennel Club Library & Archives Repository

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