Archives of the InstituteThe Institute was founded in 1947 by zoology professor Alfred Charles Kinsey as a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with Indiana University. As the instructor for a new marriage course on the Indiana University campus, Kinsey had begun to collect sexual histories. The Institute was founded as a means to guarantee absolute confidentiality to individuals interviewed and to provide a secure, permanent location for the growing collection of interview data and other materials on human sexuality. Originally named the Institute for Sex Research, the name was changed in 1981 to the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Dr. Kinsey's death. In 1982, the name was amended to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction to reflect its broadened research mission.
The Institute Archives are divided into collection eras based on the tenure of each Director:
The collection of each era is further subdivided into the following categories:
The Kinsey data set consists of code sheets and related records of 18,216 individual interviews conducted by Kinsey and his staff between 1938 and 1963. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948), Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), Pregnancy, Birth and Abortion (1958), and Sex Offenders: An Analysis of Types (1965) were based on this data set. Much of this data is available for use by researchers in computer format and in printed marginal tables in The Kinsey Data (1979).
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