The British Library

The Kim Stallwood Archive

In 2020, The British Library established the Kim Stallwood Archive with 36 boxes of research materials chronicling the animal rights movement’s development, including my involvement, from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s. The boxes included more than 800 files, including 600 organisation files, 150 people files, and 118 subject files.

The files included correspondence, manuscripts, meeting notes, publications, and press cuttings. There were also appointment diaries and address books from the 1970s to the 1990s and the born-digital files of two laptops. Some of the most sensitive research materials are embargoed for 25 years.

The Kim Stallwood Archive includes files from Co-ordinating Animal Welfare, the groundbreaking activist organisation that I co-founded with Fay Funnell and Angela Walder, 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. It also includes correspondence with Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s co-founder. and Jim Mason, author and attorney, from the 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.

The Kim Stallwood Archive complements The British Library’s earlier acquisition of the Richard Ryder Archive. In 1970, Richard initiated the word speciesism to mean discrimination against or exploitation of animals by humans based on an assumption of human superiority.

As a long-standing member of the society’s governing council, Richard led the efforts to modernise the RSPCA. The author of many books, including, Victims of Science (1975), a pioneering expose of animal research written by a psychologist.

I am delighted that the British Library is now the permanent home for the Kim Stallwood Archive, 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

Rachel Foss
Head of Contemporary Archives and Manuscripts,
Contemporary British Collections