By Kate Theimer, posted to the Archives & Archivists Listserv, July 29, 2015 (reproduced with permission)
Thanks to many, many people who submitted images of cats and and dogs from their collections, last night we launched the first round of the Dogs and Cats from the Archives competition. There is a complete review of the rules posted on the Archives Next blog, but in brief, it’s a “March Madness” style competition between 16 cats and 16 dogs from various archival collections. Right now you can vote in 8 brackets of dogs and eight brackets of cats. Between now and the start of the SAA annual meeting, we will gradually work our way through follow up rounds to crown top dog and top cat, who will then fight it out for supremacy during the SAA meeting.
Since this is a fundraising effort, we ask that you donate $1 to the Cleveland Animal Protective League (CAPL) for each time you vote. As described in the Rules, there are many ways to donate, and how and when you chose to do that is up to you. It’s all on the honor system. (And as outlined, please also let us know what you donated. We’d like to keep track of how much this is raising for the League.)
Right now there are a host of amazing animals to look to and vote for, and we hope you’ll all stick with it and continue to vote (and donate) for your favorites as they gently claw their way to the finish line. We have competitors from Canada, New Zealand, and Germany in addition to an outstanding line-up of American animals.
Since we received such a generous response to our request for images, the many beautiful dogs and cats who were not selected will be featured over the next few weeks on the Dogs From the Archives Tumblr and the Cats From the Archives Tumblr. If you have an image you’d like me to post there too, please send me a message, and I’ll put it in the queue. Please spread the word to your co-workers, friends, and patrons. This is a great selection of images from collections around the world and also, we hope, a great way to raise money for animals in need.
If you have any questions, let me know, and happy voting!
Please note: Voting for Round 1 ends at 5 p.m. EST, August 2. Voting in Round 2 begins August 3.