Utah State University Digital History Collections


Bells: Connecting Animals, People and Land


Document Type

Digital Collection


Merrill-Cazier Library


Animal belling traditions began in Africa more than 5,000 years ago. Ever since then, bells have been used on various animals throughout the world from goats to chickens to sheep to camels. Bells: Connecting Animals, People and Land interprets how both handmade and industrial bells create relationships with cultures, landscapes and livestock. This digital collection is based on the exhibit and lecture of the same name held at Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library during fall 2009. Focusing on the significant animal bell collection of Thad Box, retired dean of Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources, the colorful and informative interpretive panels explore animal bells on four continents: Africa, North America, Australia and Europe. Bell images, exhibit artifacts, the recorded exhibit-opening images and lecture by Thad Box, additional interviews, and an annotated bibliography are all included. Click here for details about the project history and original exhibit.