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Anti-Cruelty Society Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2015-14
Extent of collection
9 reels of 16mm film totaling approximately 6,200 feet
Inclusive Dates
1925 - 1963
Though the Anti-Cruelty Society's film collection used to be more vast, the nine items in this collection are all that remains. This collection contains a cross between professionally produced educational shorts, as well as amateur film footage. The films feature imagery of petting zoos, animals getting check-ups at a Society clinic, animal training instructions, and the Anti-Cruelty Society's building on Grand Avenue circa 1940.
Anti-Cruelty Society (was source of)
The Anti-Cruelty Society was founded in 1899 by a small group of Chicago women concerned for the welfare of the city's animal population. Amidst national economic struggle and social reform, a small band of dedicated volunteers set high goals: to suppress cruelty to animals, to educate the public on humane treatment, and to create a refuge for strays. The Anti-Cruelty Society opened its first small animal shelter in 1904 at 1898 North Clark Street. Over time and amongst a century of economic ups and down, the organization managed to expand their services dramatically by acquiring rescue vehicles, relief equipment, a rehabiliation and treatment center, spay and neutering support, temporary animal housing assistance, and an educational program. The Anti-Cruelty Society continues to offer their services from 157 Grand Avenue, their permanent location since 1910. Further adoption services are currently offered at 510 North LaSalle Street and 1101 South Canal Street.
Custodial History
The films in this collection were housed at the Anti-Cruelty Society's 157 Grand Avenue location until their donation to CFA in December 2015.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
CFA holds the rights to the films in this collection.
A Day of Kindness at Work
Animal Helpers of Man
Animals in Service to Man
Dogs-At The Society, Dogs at a Show
Old A.C.S. Bl & Wh.