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Leffingwell Anti-vivisection collection

Identifier: RHC-178

Scope and Contents

Collection contains books, pamphlets, and other published materials relating to the anti-vivisection movement in the United States, spanning from 1892 to 1924. The collection was compiled by Dr. Albert Leffingwell, M.D., himself a vocal advocate for regulation of animal experimentation, and includes works authored by him. The collection also contains works published by the American Humane Association, New England Anti-vivisection Society, assorted related organizations from the U.S. and Europe, as well as published remarks, hearings, and legal decisions.


  • 1892-1924


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

No copyright.

Biographical Notes

Dr. Albert Leffingwell, M.D. (1845-1916) was an American physician and advocate for the vivisection reform, who served as president of the American Humane Association. He authored many books and pamphlets about cruel abuses of animal experimentation and called for regulation. He also sought a middle-ground between the anti-vivisection societies which called for complete abolition of animal experimentation and those who rejected any restraints on science.


2.29 Linear feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into six series: 1) American Humane Association, 2) New England Anti-vivisection Society, 3) Associated Organizations and Publications, 4) International Organizations, 5) Hearings and Legal Decisions, 6) Miscellaneous. The last series, 7) Oversize, contains items too large to fit into the standard document cases in the other series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ecclectibles, September 2018.
Guide to the Leffingwell Anti-vivisection collection
Annie Benefiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States