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About the Project

The Hornaday Wildlife Conservation Scrapbook Collection is a digital project of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives. The WCS Archives documents WCS’s long history of saving wildlife and wild places. To carry out this mission, the Archives collects, identifies, and preserves records created throughout the history of WCS, begun in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the Leon Levy Foundation.

This website makes available ten of the fourteen scrapbooks that compose William T. Hornaday’s self-titled Scrapbook Collection on the History of the Wild Life Protection and Extermination. (The remaining four scrapbooks have not been made available in digital format at this time because they contain significant amounts of copyrighted material.) Like many scrapbooks of this age, these books are very fragile and show signs of deterioration. Digitizing does not preserve them, but it does allow for access to items whose condition otherwise makes this difficult. Digitizing these books also expands access to their contents beyond the walls of the WCS Archives, and we hope that you will share with us how you are using these digital resources.

The pages appear here as they were found at the project’s start in 2012. Every effort was made to protect their condition during the digitization process. Where condition made achieving a high-quality image of the page impossible, the image's record is supplemented with additional description.

In addition to protecting their condition, one of the most challenging aspects of making these scrapbooks available in digital format was the fact that many of the scrapbook pages contain multi-page items. In these cases, the scrapbook pages were photographed repeatedly, with each resulting image displaying the next page in the item. These pages are designated with a letter suffix (e.g. 52b, 104y).

Metadata follows the WCS Archives' Good Practices for Metadata, using elements based on Dublin Core. Please contact us if you are interested in these guidelines.

The website was built using Omeka.


Thanks also to Leilani Dawson, WCS Processing Archivist; Kimio Honda, WCS Creative Director, Graphic Design; and Joshua Bousel, WCS Assistant Director of Web Design & Development for their kind assistance and advice.


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Users of this website are responsible for obeying US Copyright Law. The WCS Archives shares the contents of this website strictly for nonprofit educational purposes and believes this conforms to fair use under copyright law.

If you desire to make any use of the material other than personal use for reference and evaluation purposes (e.g., commercial use), you must obtain permission to publish from the copyright holder(s). Please consult our Research Use page for more information.

If you believe that you possess copyright to material we have reproduced, please contact us at library@wcs.org.


When citing items from this site, please reference: William T. Hornaday Scrapbook Collection on the History of the Wild Life Protection and Extermination. Collection 1007 (Digital). Wildlife Conservation Society Archives. Web. [Date of access].