The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University is working to catalogue a newly acquired archive of materials from renowned sex researchers Masters and Johnson.
The new collection at the Kinsey Institute includes personal letters, magazine articles, and other papers and presentations written by and about the pioneering duo William Masters and Virginia Johnson. It was recently donated to the institute by Johnson and her family.
According to Kinsey Library and Archives Director Liana Zhou, the entire collection will soon be available for scholars and researchers across the country to access.
“We are hoping that as long as we receive the last installment from the family, we will have them available to the scholarly community as soon as possible,” Zhou says.
Of the 60 boxes of materials received so far, Zhou says about half have been cataloged.
She says the institute is working on digitizing as much of the collection as possible, making it even more accessible to researchers not working on IU’s campus.
Masters and Johnson were some of the first to research sexual dysfunctions and administer therapy to patients. Much of their research was done at Washington University in the 1960s.