A new treasure trove of "tantalizing" sex research
material has arrived in Indiana, ready to bolster the Kinsey Institute's
Institute'sworld-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
Researchers' Archival Collectionat 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
Mapplethorpe Foundation'sdonation 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.