A new treasure trove of "tantalizing" sex research material has arrived in Indiana, ready to bolster the Kinsey Institute's world-renowned permanent collection.
The archival collection of Masters and Johnson, the seminal researchers of sexual response, sexual dysfunction and sexual disorders, is now part of the Kinsey Institute library, housed at Indiana University, the sex, gender and reproduction research powerhouse announced Tuesday.
"In many ways, this collection enhances the 20th Century Sex Researchers' Archival Collection at The Kinsey Institute," Liana Zhou, director of the library and archives, said in a press release. "We are very grateful to Virginia and her family for entrusting the Kinsey Institute with this significant archive. It's an extraordinary collection."
Through correspondence, research papers, media coverage, books, paintings and other media, the collection chronicles the work of Virginia Johnson and William Masters from 1957 into the 1990s.
The "tantalizing ensemble of correspondences with researchers and others, documents decades of pioneering sex research that transformed conventional understandings of sexual response and sex therapy," according to Kinsey's announcement of the acquisition.
Masters and Johnson, the release notes, are especially known for their theory of a four-stage model of sexual response also known as "the human sexual response cycle," which defines the four major phases of sex as excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution.
The duo is also known for a pioneering study of sexual response among the elderly.
The archive acquisition is the latest installment in a banner year for new additions to the Kinsey collection. In October, Kinsey announced the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation's donation of 30 photographs from the artist celebrated for his ability to capture the sensual, the delicate and the hard-core, especially his documentation of New York's S&M scene of the 1970s and '80s.
Juried art and 'Storytellers' (slideshow)
Selections from The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2011 and 'Storytellers.'