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 over one hundred years of zoo development.


We also have digital collections in the Internet Archive

Recent Submissions

  • Unknown author (Zoological Society of San Diego, 1927)
    Photo souvenir books describing the animals, and in some cases plants, in the San Diego Zoo, and Wild Animal Park / Safari Park collections. Collection contains: 1927 Guidebook donated by JoAnn Voss/Doug Myers. (Grab ...
  • Unknown author (Manufactured by D&P Creations, PO Box 3775, Anaheim, CA 92803, 1996)
    2 panes of Endangered Species stamps from the U.S & Mexico. Mounted on green background with a beige mat & a gold-edged, green-mottled frame. Gold plaque reads "United States' Endangered Species Commemorative Stamps and ...