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The Diane McCleroth Collection 

The Diane McLeroth Collection is a collaborative project involving Ms. McLeroth, Kathryn and Paul Hanson, initially made available to the BCA in 2019 to support interested membership seeking further historical background of the Briard in America and the Club itself. The Diane McLeroth Collection contains PDF files of scanned images of the original documents.

Diane McLeroth was very active with Briards for 53 years. She acquired her first A.K.C. registered Briard and A.K.C. Champion in 1966. She was the author/researcher for the article "Briard Coat Color", which was published in 1969, and is available here to read. Diane authored the book "The Briard", Copyright 1982. At the time it was the only book in English written solely about Briards. She was very active in the Briard Club of America, where she served in the following ways:

  • Briard AKC Standard Revision Committee - 1969 through 1975, when the Revised Standard was adopted by A.K.C.

  • Publications Editor - 1972 through 1989

  • Chairman, Judges' Education - 1973 through 1989

  • Chairman, AKC Briard Video Committee - 1983 through 1989

  • National Breed Club Secretary - 1973 through 1984

  • Director, National Board - 1983 through 1987

  • National Historian - 1973 to 1993

  • Historian Committee - 1993 to 1995

The scanning process included optical character recognition software, which allows for text searches of the documents, even though you are viewing an image of the original document. Below you can type in text you would like to search for, and a list of the documents the search text was found in will be generated, which you can click on to read. The optical character recognition software is far from perfect and has made mistakes, especially when non-standard fonts were used; so take this into consideration when using the search feature. You may need to be creative when specifying the text you want to search for. These mistakes won't affect your ability to read the documents, but does affect your ability to search for specific text. Alternatively, you can select from predefined lists of Briard documents, where you can click on the documents in the list to read them.

The documents in this library were provided by Diane McLeroth, and include publications of The Briard Fellowship, and of the Briard Club of America. The Briard Fellowship was a Briard club that was independent from the Briard Club of America for several years. The Briard Fellowship publications include a commentary on the Briard and newsletters covering the years 1951 through 1959, with gaps in between. The BCA publications include Dew Claw publications from the years 1953 through 1994, the BCA Constitution and Bylaws from 1944, a National Specialty Catalog from 1978, and a Dew Claw index covering the years 1964 through 1979.

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