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The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, often shortened to Kinsey Institute, exists "to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction".
The Institute was founded as the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University in 1947 by Alfred Kinsey, then an entomologist and zoologist at IU. Its original goals were the study of human sexuality and human sexual behavior.
In 1948 and 1953 the Institute published two monographs on human sexuality, generally now known as the Kinsey Reports. Ever since, the Institute, the reports and Kinsey himself have been the subject of controversy.
Among its functions is to preserve the supporting materials of the Kinsey Reports and subsequent publications, making them available for new research while preserving confidentiality.
The Kinsey Institute’s research program addresses current problems in human sexuality and sexual behavior. The library and archival collections include over 110,000 items dating to the 1600’s, including popular culture materials, films, databases, and archival materials, as well as scholarly books and articles. The Kinsey Institute Gallery showcases selected pieces from the Institute's collection of art, artifacts, and photography. Educational components include graduate training through Indiana University, and research-based information services for students and the public, including the Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students (KISISS).
Further reading Edit
- The Kinsey Institute home page
- Timeline of events and major publications
- The Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students