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One of the 36 boxes of materials in the Kim Stallwood Archive included old appointment diaries and address books. Photo credit: John Cole

One of the 36 boxes of materials in the Kim Stallwood Archive included old appointment diaries and address books. Photo credit: John Cole

Kim Stallwood Archive at British Library

Starting this autumn, The Kim Stallwood Archive of research material documenting the history of the animal rights movement will become part of the British Library’s permanent holdings. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and provides information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities.

Stallwood’s unique archive chronicle the animal rights movement’s development from the mid-1970s through to the late 1980s. The research material, which comprises nearly 600 organisation files, 150 people files and 118 subject files, complements the library’s earlier acquisition of materials from writer and animal advocate, Richard Ryder.

Kim Stallwood standing next to 36 boxes of files, appointment diaries, address books, and laptops that is now his archive at The British Library. Photo credit: John Cole

“I am honoured to partner with the British Library to make these vast materials available publicly for the first time,” says Stallwood. “The history of the animal rights movement parallels the struggle of other social and political movements to give voice and recognition to those who have long suffered without either. I have devoted my life to this mission.”

“I am delighted that the British Library is now the permanent home for The Kim Stallwood Archive,” adds Rachel Foss, Head of Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts, Contemporary British Collections, “Where it greatly enhances our growing collections of archives relating to contemporary campaigning and activism. The Archive is an extremely valuable resource for researchers, students and anyone interested in the history of the animal rights movement, animal welfare and food activism. We are looking forward to beginning work to make the collection available to the public, which we hope to do by the end of 2021.”

Jonathan Pledge, Curator of Politics and Public Life at The British Library, reviews the contents of one of the 36 boxes of materials belonging to the Kim Stallwood Archive. Photo credit: John Cole

Jonathan Pledge, Curator of Politics and Public Life at The British Library, reviews the contents of one of the 36 boxes of materials belonging to the Kim Stallwood Archive. Photo credit: John Cole

The Stallwood Archive was compiled from hundreds of personal files, appointment diaries, address books, correspondence, periodicals, and other printed and digital materials that trace major events in animal rights history on two continents. For example, the archive includes:

·     Correspondence with Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Jim Mason, author and attorney – from late 1970s to early 1980s – about the challenges to establishing the nascent animal rights movement in the UK and USA, including launching organisations, arranging demonstrations, and publishing magazines

·     Files from Co-ordinating Animal Welfare, the groundbreaking activist organization that Stallwood co-founded, which nurtured the development of grassroots groups, challenged the effectiveness of established national organisations and contributed to the development of an international animal rights movement in its formative stage in the 1970s and 1980s

·     Stallwood’s diaries and address books from the 1970s to the 1990s

Now that it is part of the British Library’s more than 170 million items, The Stallwood Archive will provide insight and appreciation for the people and organisations that gave rise to one of the most progressive and inclusive movements in social justice history.

Kim Stallwood, animal rights advocate and activist

Stallwood began his activism after a job in a chicken slaughterhouse prompted him to become vegetarian in 1974 and a vegan two years later. He went on to become a prominent activist working with such groups as Compassion In World Farming, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (now Cruelty Free International). He moved to the United States in 1987 to become the first executive director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He was the editor in chief of The Animals’ Agenda magazine before co-founding the Animals and Society Institute in 2005.

He returned to England in 2007, where he continues his work as an author and independent scholar. His book, Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate, was published by Lantern Publishing & Media in 2014. Brian May, musician and astrophysicist, wrote the foreword.

Stallwood is a member of the board of directors of the Culture & Animals Foundation, the US-based not-for-profit organization founded by philosopher Tom Regan and his wife Nancy in 1985 to support artists and scholars in advancing our understanding of and commitment to animals.

In his office in Rock House, Kim Stallwood meets with Jonathan Pledge, Curator of Politics and Public Life at The British Library. Photo credit: John Cole

In his office in Rock House, Kim Stallwood meets with Jonathan Pledge, Curator of Politics and Public Life at The British Library. Photo credit: John Cole

The Stallwood Archive will be catalogued and made available to researchers and the public in the coming year. Due to their sensitive nature, some materials will be embargoed from public view for the next 25 years. The archive will be housed in the library’s historic building in London near King’s Cross. An oral history of Stallwood will be conducted in 2021 and added to the archive.

For more information, please email Kim Stallwood at kim@kimstallwood.com, call +44-794-345-6815, or visit Kim’s website.

Watch out for HOT’s interview with Kim Stallwood in the coming weeks!

Posted 15:04 Monday, Oct 19, 2020 In: Hastings People

2 Comments

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  1. Kim Stallwood

    Thank you, Michael, for your comment. Much appreciated!

    Comment by Kim Stallwood — Monday, Nov 16, 2020 @ 10:36

  2. Michael Madden

    Thank you for this fascinating account of a life well-lived, and the archive which it has produced during Kim Stallwood’s lifetime quest to improve animal rights. It all sounds brilliant and as vital as ever.

    After all, the Covid pandemic, that is ruining lives and economies around the world, originally spread – according to scientists – from bats and/or pangolins to humans in a Chinese wet market. The origin of the 1918 (so-called “Spanish) Influenza” pandemic was traced back to an Arakansas waterfowl farm – it killed up to 100million people. And millions of farmed mink recently had to be slaughtered due to the fact that another, even deadlier, coronavirus strain was detected on a farm.

    I must admit that I was personally shocked that minks are still farmed at all, considering that there was such a high-profile anti-fur poster campaign in the 1980s and 90s. This attitude to animals has such a negative effect on the animals themselves and on us, that it it is vital that we change immediately, and close down all such cruel and senseless industries.

    Comment by Michael Madden — Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 @ 11:51

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