The Cat Fanciers' Association Foundation was established in 1990 by the Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. Board of Directors as a forum to educate the general public about the existence and history of the cat. Our collection began then with 100 books, stud books, copies of the CFA Yearbook and various magazines about cats.
Since those humble beginnings, the Foundation's collection has flourished through the acquisition of an unprecedented number of books and magazines. Today, our library includes over 8,500 books about cats and we have a separate room dedicated to historical cat magazines and breed histories. In addition, the collection holds a significant amount of cat show memorabilia, important pieces from our past, such as the 1895 Cosey collar, and an engraved 1883 pewter nut bowl for 1st prize at the Boston Cat Show. Educational displays throughout the museum trace the history of cats in "From Fancy Cats to Cat Fancy." Occasionally, the museum will have a special breed presentation, and every once in a while we even have real cats running around!
The Feline Historical Museum has a limited staff. Please check their website and event calendar to confirm their hours before you visit!