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University of Toronto Scarborough Library, Archives & Special Collections Dan Bender Zoo collection
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Dan Bender Zoo collection

  • CA UTSC 008
  • Collection
  • [193-]-1966

The collection consists of movie posters, ads, trading cards, postcards, books, magazines and journals, related to Frank Buck (Frank Howard Buck (1884-1950), a renowned American hunter, animal collector, film director, actor author and producer. The collection also consists of material related to zoo displays and architecture, catalogues and books related to zoo and animal collecting, photographs off various zoo related animals found in different parts of America and a board game. The material is divided into five series:

  1. Frank Buck
  2. Chimpanzee performance
  3. Zoo Architecture and display
  4. Miscellaneous printed materials.
  5. Zoo photographs

Bender, Daniel E.

Chimpanzee Performance

Material in this series consists of black and white and colour postcards of chimpanzees from the St. Louis Zoo and newspapers containing ads and information about training the chimpanzees at the zoo.

Misc. Printed Materials

Material in this series consists of printed material about animals, including elephants and rhinos, the story "Shirley Visits the Zoo," and several magazines.

Zoo Photographs

Photographs in this series depict zoo officials weighing a gorilla, an elephant pinning its keeper to the ground, a camel at Highland Park Zoo during a zoo sit-down strike, a photograph of Mr. Moke the Chimpanzee with a Mr. Robert Tomarchin, who was charged with stealing the Chimpanzee from the St. Louis Zo,o and a zoo official feeding a 4 month old Chimpanzee.

Frank Buck

The series contains material related to Frank Buck the animal hunter, movie actor, producer, director and author. Material consists of ads, movie stills, books (primarily in comic book style), and trading cards.