Kinsey Institute Online Image Collection

About Kinsey Institute Online Image Collection

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 Institute research data and codebooks, and the media response to The Kinsey Report. Other archival collections include materials of well-known scholars and organizations such as Alex Comfort, Harry Benjamin, Robert Latou Dickinson, Havelock Ellis, Magnus Hirschfeld, William Masters, Virginia Masters-Johnson, Carney Landis, John Money, Leah Schaefer, Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality, and International Academy of Sex Research. 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 produced 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, Wilhelm von Gloeden, George Platt Lynes, Arnold Newman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

All images and photographs held in IU’s Image Collections Online represents a portion of the Kinsey Institute collections. Inquiries about obtaining research access or requesting reproductions should be directed to Onsite use of the Kinsey Institute Collections is by appointment only. For more information, please visit

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