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Preservation and Access Through the New Digitization Lab

Update: Since this article was published in 2012, over 40,000 of the 60,000 Kinsey correspondences (letters and memos) have been scanned.  Also, of the 70,000 code sheets which were used to record the responses of the interviews Kinsey and his colleagues conducted, 3,000 have been scanned.  The “doodles” (drawings) of Dr. John Money are also being scanned as are drawings and photographs from the Thomas Painter Collection. 
----November, 2013

Since 2006, The Kinsey Institute has been exploring digital options to preserve the most fragile parts of our collection for historical record, and for use by future researchers and students. In 2009, Kinsey collections staff began work on a large preservation and digitization project to protect the archival and art collections, and to make them available and accessible to scholars, students and the public.

This year, our work continues with the establishment of a dedicated digitization lab for use by the Kinsey Institute staff in this project. Thanks to all who have made this a reality!

Created with generous support from:

David Henry Jacobs, Jr.
Michael Sherrod   •   The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation  
The Broda Library Fund   •   Kenneth Haslam Polyamory Collection
Dr. June Reinisch  •  Dr. Frank Hoffmann
Ronald Nigro, Family and Friends, in memory of James Edwards
The Herman B Wells Endowment Fund for the Kinsey Institute Library,
established by Dr. Donald McMasters (1931-2011)
John Money Sexology Scholar Library Endowment, established by Dr. John Money (1921-2006)

We also want to acknowledge staff and students at Indiana University who contributed time and expertise.

Adam Fisher transfers from fragile film to digital
Systems Analyst Thomas Albright explains the scanning options
Catherine Johnson-Roehr, Curator of Art, Artifacts, and Photographs, digitizing an artwork.
Library Public Services Manager Shawn Wilson digitizing a vinyl recording of "Sex Instruction for Parents"
Adam Fisher and a delighted Director of Library and Archives Liana Zhou inspecting the digitization equipment for film.
Liana Zhou cues a recording supervised by library assistant Taylor Dean

You can read more about the Collections Digitization Project and other preservation initiatives at the Kinsey Institute library in these newsletter articles:


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