Thursday, February 18, 2016

Preserving Moments from the Bronx Zoo’s Glass Plate Archive

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo holds a collection of over 70,000 glass plate and film negatives dating back to 1901.  The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Archives has received a grant from the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials to rehouse a portion of the archive to protect it from decay.

Alligator eating at the Bronx Zoo 

Kodiak bear and keeper, Bronx Zoo (December 18, 1905)

North Pole explorer Robert Peary’s dogs retired to the zoo in 1902
after they were no longer needed for sled pulling.

One of four thylacines (Tasmanian tigers) that lived at the zoo
between 1902 and 1919 (now extinct)

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