C.J. Rogers papers
The Strong has supplied C.J. Rogers with a digital video camera and digital audio recorder so that additional footage may be provided to The Strong for inclusion in its collections.
The materials of this collection have been arranged into four series, with three further divided into subseries. The physical items are housed in seven archival document boxes. Digital files are arranged and maintained on the internal network of The Strong.
- 1987 - 2011
- Majority of material found within 1994 - 2000
- Rogers, C.J. (Research team head, Person)
Conditions Governing Use
6 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
50 Gigabytes (Digital files) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.
Rogers initially earned her M.A. in Psychology from Goddard College in 1978, and she went on to practice psychotherapy in the Chicago area for over a decade. For health reasons, she relocated to New Mexico in 1991. Her beloved Samoyed dog, Sage, passed away that same year, and Rogers attempted to lessen the void by adopting a wolf-hybrid named Mantra. Rogers’ fascination with wolves and wolf-hybrids emerged as she learned more about their inherent nature. She soon acquired two more wolves as companions for Mantra, and these animals became a pack. As Rogers realized that wolves had a great deal to teach humans, she enrolled in a doctoral program and developed her own long-term research study in wolf ethology while steadily adding more wolves to her pack. Rogers received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology and Psychology in 1996. At Raised by Wolves, each wolf was considered a unique individual with a carefully chosen name. Rogers wanted to learn whatever the wolves would teach her; to that end, Rogers observed and researched wolf pack dynamics, social organization, leadership, aggression, altruism, and play. Since 1992, more than 25 wolves and wolf-hybrids have lived with Rogers at Raised by Wolves.
Though one early function of the research facility featured outreach, Raised by Wolves no longer accommodates visitors or photographers due to the necessity of maintaining a natural environment for the wolves. (Rogers’ analyses have shown that visits from human strangers have been detrimental to the wolves’ behavior and impact ongoing studies.) Rogers has authored papers and presented at conferences about her research. She lives with her pack at the Raised by Wolves sanctuary, continuing her participant-observer studies of these animals and advocating for better treatment and understanding of wolves.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Documents, 1987-2011
Subseries A: Raised by Wolves, Inc. information
Subseries B: Published works by C.J. Rogers
Subseries C: Research data
Subseries D: Newspaper articles
Subseries E: Correspondence
Series II: Audio, 1997-1998
Series III: Video, 1994-2004
Subseries A: Original media
Subseries B: DVD copies
Series IV: Digital files, 1999-2011
Subseries A: Field research notebooks
Subseries B: Presentation posters
Subseries C: Access copies of audio/video files
- Finding Aid to the C. J. Rogers Papers
- Julia Novakovic
- 12 June 2013
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA