About Kinsey Library and Special Collections Online Exhibitions

Established in 1947, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For nearly 70 years the Institute has been investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction. The Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections house extensive art, photography, and archival collections, including the papers and correspondence of Dr. Alfred Kinsey. The art collection contains fine art prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, novelty items, and sexual health artifacts.

The Kinsey Institute photography collection contains more than 75,000 photographs dating from the 1840s to the present and originate primarily in the United States and Europe. Though many of these prints were produced by anonymous commercial and amateur photographers, the collection also contains works by fine art photographers such as Judy Dater, George Platt Lynes, Arnold Newman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Art Myers, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Wilhelm von Gloeden and Joel-Peter Witkin.

The images and collections displayed in these exhibits represent a small portion of the digital and physical collection at the Kinsey Institute Library. A subset of our collection can be viewed here at IU Image Collections Online. Patrons can view additional materials onsite by appointment only. Inquiries about obtaining research access or requesting reproductions should be directed to libknsy@indiana.edu. For more information, please visit http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/library/.