Polyamory Collection in the Kinsey Institute
On April 18, 2006, I received an email from Ken Haslam, regarding a press release from the Kinsey Institute. This document is reproduced below.
The Kinsey Institute is developing a new collection of materials on
historical and contemporary materials concerning polyamory, intimate
relationships and alternative life styles, based on a donation by
Kenneth R Haslam, MD. This collection includes magazines, articles,
books, correspondence, personal accounts and multimedia materials
related to the polyamory community. The Institute welcomes other
contributions and donations to this collection from contributors worldwide.
"We expect that scholars interested in studying contemporary
sexuality and relationships will find this a unique resource useful,"
says Kinsey Institute Librarian Liana Zhou. "Dr Haslam has provided
us with a good start for a welcome addition to our library collection."
The Kinsey Institute Library was built by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey for
his research on human sexual behaviors more then sixty years ago. Today it
is an internationally known resource for the study of sex, gender and
reproduction and is used by researchers, scholars, and students from
many academic disciplines. The Library collections include film,
archival and other special collections, and feature historical and
contemporary erotica and research monographs. The Library has over
105,000 printed works that include sex magazines, pulp fiction, comic
strips, tabloids, pamphlets and other cultural materials. Highlights
of the archival collections include works and papers by Magnus
Hirschfield, Albert Moll, Harry Benjamin, Robert Latou Dickinson,
Alfred Kinsey, John Money, and other significant sex researchers.
The Kinsey Institute's research collections are privately owned by
the Institute. All new additions are by donation or private funding.
Donor gifts, both financial and material, are vital to the growth of
As a result of this email, I began corresponding with Liana Zhou, Head of the Library at The Kinsey Institute. As a result of this conversation I rewrote a version of the website that was more suitable for this archived collection. I put this entire copy of the website onto a CD, and on April 21, 2006 I mailed it off to the Kinsey Institute. They also said that they'd be subscribing to our email newsletter to keep track of all updates in the future. The Polyamorous Percolations online community has now officially been entered into the annals of history regarding polyamory!
A special thank you goes out to each of my staff members, contributing writers, and every member of our online forums for making this site worthy of this type of honor.
April 27, 2006
Update, June 10, 2006: The Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory has been added to the Kinsey Institute home page. This is a small section, but is monumental in the world of polyamory.