This page highlights other U.S. and international research centers and
special collections related to the study of sexuality, as well as centers
and collections in geographic proximity to The Kinsey Institute.
Other Research Centers/Institutes
Other Libraries and Special Collections
Please send information for inclusion on this page to: Information Services,
The Kinsey Institute, Morrison 302, Bloomington, IN 47405; Fax 812/855-8277.
Center for AIDS Intervention
Research, Milwaukee, WI
CAIR, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is an interdisciplinary research
center, the only such HIV/AIDS prevention research center in the Midwest.
Center for AIDS
Prevention Studies, San Francisco, CA
CAPS has a multidisciplinary focus and an applied community-based perspective.
See its web site for program descriptions, bibliographies of articles,
HIV fact sheets, descriptions of survey instruments, and biographies of
The Center for Health & Social Policy. This international
center was established in 1996. It is involved in public policy, research,
and educational initiatives, with one area of focus being reproductive
and sexual health and rights. Contact: Stephen L. Isaacs. J.D., President,
847 25th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121. Ph. 415/386-3260. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Lesbian and
Gay Studies, The Graduate School and University Center, City University
of New York, NY.
The center promotes research on issues of concern to gay, lesbian, bisexual,
and transgendered individuals through programs, conferences, fellowships
CentreLGS (Research Centre for Law, Gender, and Sexuality), University of Kent, UK.
Jointly sponsored by The Universities of Kent, Keele, and Westminster, CentreLGS is a critical, interdisciplinary, international research centre. The intellectual heart of the Centre is the relationship between gender and sexuality, on the one hand, and law, governance and normativity, on the other.
The Center for Sex Research,
California State University, Northridge, CA
An interdisciplinary center of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
It sponsors seminars and conferences on topics of interest to a wide range
of sexuality researchers.
Family Health International ,
Research Triangle Park, NC
FHI conducts research internationally on reproductive health, contraceptives,
and the prevention of AIDS and STDs. It has a strong focus on women of
reproductive age in the developing world. FHI also publishes training
New York, NY
The Institute conducts research related to reproductive health issues.
The HIV Center for Clinical
and Behavioral Studies, at New York State Psychiatric Institute
and Columbia University, New York, NY
Established in 1987, the center conducts interdisciplinary research on
the prevention of HIV transmission.
Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University
The National Sexuality Resource Center helps create new dialogues between
the public, researchers and community advocates, which strengthen informed
responses to critical sexual and social issues. By disseminating accurate
information and evidence-based research on sexual health, education and
rights, NSRC promotes social justice and enhances the quality of life
within the United States.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Midwest Collaborative Research Center),
Indianapolis. Scroll down the
Indiana University Medical Center web page to the section listing
its Research Centers.
STD Research Group,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD.
National Opinion Research
Center, University of Chicago, IL
NORC conducts survey research in the public interest, including research
related to sexuality. NORC's General Social Survey has collected
data on Americans' attitudes and behaviors for over 20 years. It also
conducted the The
National Health and Social Life Survey on sexuality, and collected
field data for the National
Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, 1994-1996.
Rutgers Nisso Group (RNG), Dutch national
centre of expertise on sexuality.
The Rutgers Nisso Group is an expertise and policy centre specializing
in sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health in the Netherlands. Its
Information and Documentation Center houses approximately 75,000 scientific
and scholarly documents (books, reports, journals, brochures and multimedia).
The Population Council,
New York, NY
The Council conducts research in the population field, including biomedical
research to develop new contraceptives, and research on fertility, family
planning, and aspects of gender.
Rural Center for AIDS/STD
Prevention (RCAP), Indiana University, Bloomington
The Center develops and evaluates educational materials and methods, examines
social and behavioral aspects of AIDS/STD prevention in rural areas, and
provides resources to professionals and the public through its Prevention
This advocacy organization, the oldest human rights organization in the
world, has a contemporary reference library which encompasses forced prostitution,
child prostitution, and early or forced marriage. Visitors are welcome
to use the collections of books, reports, photographs, and other materials.
The British Library, London,
The library has a large collection of erotic literature known as the Private
Case; its Department of Manuscripts holds papers of sexological pioneer
Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) and others.
California State University, Northridge
Vern and Bonnie
Bullough Collection on human sexuality, housed in Oviatt Library. The library also holds the
papers of Virginia Prince.
and Gay Archives, Toronto
Has an extensive archival and library collections. There are online listings
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The Human Sexuality Collection.
It seeks to document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality,
with a focus on lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.
The core of the collection came from the Mariposa Education and Research
Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute, Tyler, TX
FVSAI is a nonprofit, international resource center which contains a clearinghouse
of categorized references and unpublished papers concerning sexual abuse.
Its biannual bulletin, Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin
lists current publications and original research and treatment papers.
FVSAB, 1310 Clinic Dr., Tyler, TX 75701. Ph. 903/595-6600. Fax 903/534-5454.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender Historical Society of Northern California, San Francisco,
The archival collections of the GLBTHS includes archives and manuscripts,
periodicals, ephemera, erotica and subject files, primarily from the San
Francisco area. The collection is open to the public.
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives,
This is the largest gay, lesbian and bisexual collection in the Midwest.
Its Web page has links to other collections and to lists of LesBiGay Libraries
Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology at Humboldt University, Berlin
The Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology focuses on the history of Sexology
and contains many of the early documents and unpublished materials of
the field. The archive's Web site provides much information on the development
of Sexology and on international resources for study and research.
Institute for the Advanced Study
of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA
The Institute has a large collection of sexuality materials, especially
audiovisuals, for use by students and faculty. Others working on specific
research projects may apply to use the Institute's library. Contact: Ted
McIlvenna, President, IASHS, 1523 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94107.
International Maledicta Archives, Santa Rosa, CA
The archive contains some 3,000 books, 18,000 pages of published research,
and 6,000 bibliographical file cards of material from some 220 languages
and dialects from the past 5,000 years. Maledicta's main areas of interest
are the origin, meaning, use, and influence of terms of verbal aggression
and abuse, as well as language usually considered vulgar, obscene, or
blasphemous. Includes material related to sex and sex groups. The International
Maledicta Society publishes Maledicta. Contact: Dr. Reinhold
Aman, Dir. Maledicta Press.
POB 14123, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Email: email@example.com.
Leather Archives and Museum,
This collection is a source of historical materials on the gay leather
subculture. The archives are open for research by appointment. Address:
5015 Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640. Ph. 312/878-6360.
Lesbian Herstory Archives, New York, NY
Founded in 1974, this is a grass-roots archival collection. Has an extensive
collection of unpublished papers written by lesbians over the past thirty
years. Contact: LHEF, PO Box 1258, New York, NY 10116. Ph. 718/768-3953.
The Library of Congress, Washington,
The Rare Books and Special Collections Division houses erotica, including
erotic photography books and erotic paperback books. See the LC online
catalog on LOCIS.
National Library of Medicine
(NLM), Bethesda, MD
Use NLM Locator to search the library's
book holdings, audiovisual holdings, journal holdings and directory of
information resources. NLM also develops Resource
Lists and Bibliographies. See also NLM's Medline database of journal
literature via PubMed.
Center for Bioethics Literature, Georgetown University, Washington,
NRCBL is both a reference library for the public and an in-depth research
resource for scholars interested in ethical issues in medicine and biomedical
research. The center's database, BioethicsLine, and Bioethics Thesaurus
are available online. Issues related to sexuality, sex offenses, sexual
orientation, transsexualism, and sex preselection are included.
The National Rehabilitation
Information Center, Silver Spring, MD
NARIC's Disability Information
Center includes REHABDATA, a database of literature on rehabilitation
and disability containing materials related to sexuality. The focus of
the collection is federally funded research, but also in the collection
are other research reports, books, and journal articles. The keyword-searchable
web version of the database goes back to 1956. "Sexuality" is a descriptor.
National Transgender Library and Archive, Atlanta, GA
This is the collection of the American Educational Gender Information
Service (AEGIS). It contains a wide range of materials from monographs
and journals, to photographs, personal papers, biographies, fiction, erotica,
and ephemera. The collection is open to researchers by appointment. Contact
NTL&A, c/o AEGIS, PO Box 33724, Decatur, GA 30033. Ph. 770/939-2128.
The Rutgers Nisso Group, Utrecht
The RNG library has a large collection
of materials on human sexuality and personal relationships, and on HIV/AIDS.
It also houses the historic collection of the Dutch Foundation for Sexual
Reform, 1900-1980. The library's database is searchable online in English
or Dutch by keywords. The abstracts of documents in the collection are
always in the language of the document (the majority are English). Contact
the library at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York Academy of Medicine
Library, New York, NY
This is one of the largest medical libraries in the U.S. In addition to
its extensive current and historical collections, the library offers free
on-site access to over 40 biomedical databases. Many of its books on sexuality
and its pamphlets are not in the online catalog. Contact info: NYAM, 1216
Fifth St., New York, NY 10029. Ph. 212/822-7200. Email: email@example.com.
New York City Public Library,
New York, NY
The library's General Research Division and the Ephemera Collection of
the Rare Books Room house sexuality materials, including erotica. See
the online catalog, CATNYP.
Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, CA
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives houses the world's largest research library on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,and Transgendered heritage and concerns. The scope of the collections of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is international, with a special focus on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history of Los Angeles. Contact info: 909 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007. (213) 741-0094. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, New York, NY
Dexter McCormick Library is an information center for reference and
research in family planning, population, sexual health, and sexuality
Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green,
The library's Graphic
Arts Collection includes related alternative comic books. There also
is a Romance Collection.
Sallie Bingham Center for
Women's History and Culture, Duke University Rare Book,
Manuscript and Special Collections Library, Durham, N.C.
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian
Center and Collections
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS),
New York, NY
Mary S. Calderone Library
contains materials on all aspects of sexuality and sex education.
Libraries, Washington, DC
The Smithsonian Institution's Research Information System (SIRIS) provides access to the the Library's
catalog, which includes holdings of the National Museum of American Art
and National Portrait Gallery Library; the Art Inventories Catalog, maintained
by the National Musuem of American Art; the Archives and Manuscripts Catalog,
which covers American history and art, anthropology, and human studies'
films; and the Research/Bibliographies Catalog. Has materials on aspects
of animal and human sexuality.
Social Welfare History
Archives, Walter Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Founded in 1964 the archive's subject areas of strength include these
sexuality-related areas: birth control, sterilization, illegitimacy, prostitution,
venereal disease, and family relations. The archives of the American Social
Health Association are housed here.
Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal,
Bibliothèque Centrale. One of the library's strengths is Sexology.
It publishes a resource guide,
Ressources par discipline sexologie, available at the library or through
the Internet. See the online catalog, BADADUQ.
University of Texas at Austin
The Harry Ransom Humanities Research
Center holds the records of the British Society for the Study of Sex
Psychology, 1913-1947, as well as papers of Havelock Ellis, George Ives,
Morris Ernst, and others.
Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, The Wellcome
Trust, London, England
The Institute's extensive History
of Medicine Library includes seven collections covering all cultures
and periods. The library catalog is searchable (LCSH and MESH) via a telnet