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San Diego Zoo Global Library Archives

Archives Collection History

Since the Zoological Society of San Diego's founding in 1916, zoo leaders and staff have preserved a wide variety of materials documenting the society's history. From bookkeeping ledgers and newspaper clipping scrapbooks to zookeeper diaries and correspondence by former directors, the archives comprise a specialized collection of primary source documents that provide a unique perspective shedding light on nearly one hundred years of zoo development.

Access Information

The archives are open for access by San Diego Zoo Global employees. Research access may be conditionally granted to outside researchers and will be assessed on an individual basis.

Selected items are digitized and available online at the San Diego Zoo Global Library & Archives — Internet Archive


Do you have a piece of zoo history — either decades old or from recent years — that could support our institutional memory? Consider donating it to the SDZG Archives! We are always interested in strengthening our collection through staff and public donations. Materials of interest include (but are not limited to):

- SDZG staff personal papers & correspondence
- Administrative records
- Reports & planning documents
- Field & research notes
- Photographs & other visual media
- Audio and video recordings
- Souvenirs & other artifacts
- Digital media
- Ephemera


Please direct archival research and donation inquiries to, phone: (760) 291-5479