This is high season for the library, which was established in 1934 with the express aim of assembling a trove of reference books “treating all recognized breeds and everything in which the dog is concerned,” in the words of the library’s founders. “A lot of people who work within the dog fancy and who are here for Westminster will come by to do research,” Mr. [Craig] Savino [American Kennel Club archivist] said. “I have one man who comes every year from Brazil for the show and stays an extra week to do work in the library. And we get more email requests for information at this time of year because Westminster lends a certain visibility.”
From modest beginnings—three shelves in a meeting room—the collection now has a dedicated 1,600-square-foot space in the AKC’s quarters on lower Madison Avenue. The holdings are expansive (18,000 volumes) and ecumenical (they include cat books); the rules are simple: No books are allowed out, no dogs are allowed in.
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