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American Response to “Kinsey Reports” Now in Digital Form

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There are 74 gray binders in the Library of the Kinsey Institute, containing carefully clipped and assembled copies of newspaper articles and other media coverage greeting the publication of Dr. Alfred Kinsey's studies of human sexual behavior in 1948 and 1953.

To be accessible to scholars today, the articles needed to be scanned and digitized. An electronic version of these historical files and images was unveiled on April 7, 2006, the anniversary of the founding of The Institute for Sex Research in 1947.

Work on the digital database took 20 months to complete. It represents the effort of a student team funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

The media response to the Kinsey studies consists of 25,293 original clippings from journals, newspapers, and magazines dating from 1947 through the 1980s. They include academic articles, book reviews, editorials, letters, advertisements, cartoons, and obituaries of Dr. Kinsey's death.

“The scanning project was developed to preserve the fragile originals from further deterioration and to provide better services for Kinsey Institute Library users,” explained Liana Zhou, Head of Library.

“Thanks to the efforts of our library team, this new database helps preserve our history,” said Zhou, who hopes to eventually oversee the creation of a comparable record of Kinsey’s correspondence.

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The Digitization Team

Dr. Paul Gebhard joins the library staff to mark the completion of the digitization project.

Alex Kelner coordinated many aspects of the effort from beginning to end. Caroline Diggins, Fatima Hai, Sundeep Jatvani, Rekha Philip, Brooks Reid, Michael Sandstrom, Jennifer Solomon, Brian Tague, and Dan Wolfe were members of the project team.

A number of outside experts were consulted, offering advice concerning scanning standards and procedures, software selection, and training issues. Kris Brancolini, Jenn Riley, Shana Berger and John Walsh from the IU Libraries Digital Program, and Sally Tseng from UC Irvine provided invaluable assistance.

Student staff member Yi Zhang wrote the new program, converting an original Excel database created by Sandy McNaulty and many former library student staff. He worked with Tom Albright to build a functional new library server.