Collection ID: X16189380
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The Money collection includes professional correspondence (1950-2004); lectures, presentations, and audiovisual materials (1960s-2004); articles and clippings (1973-2000); including thousands of reprints and pamphlets on a broad range of sex education and research topics, scientific journals and erotic magazines (1940s-2000); a complete holding of his manuscripts and publications; scientific, erotic and pornographic journals and magazines (1949-1985); conference programs and papers, photo albums, and information, and materials relating to sex research organizations and conferences.
250 boxes, ca.
Undetermined .
Preferred citation:

[item], Collection Name, Library and Special Collections, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

John Money was internationally known for his work in psychoendocrinology and the new and expanding science of developmental sexology. Born on July 8, 1921 in Morrinsville, New Zealand, Money emigrated to the U.S. for graduate education.

Scope and Content:

The John Money Collection currently consists of VIII series: 1) Personal and Biographical Information (includes personal and family correspondence); 2) Donations and Collections; 3) Exchange Files and Professional Correspondence; 4) Teaching, Research, & Grants; 5) Clinical; 6) Publications and Manuscripts by John Money; 7) Research File; 8) Research Bibliography.

He was a psychology resident under Saul Rosenzweig at the Psychiatric Institute of the University of Pittsburgh. He then moved to the Psychological Clinic in the Department of Social Relations at Harvard University and received his PhD in 1952. He also received honorary doctoral degrees from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (1988) and from Hofsetra University (1992). In 1951, Dr. Money became the worlds' first pediatric clinical psychoendocrinologist at the invitation of the Lawson Wilkins, who was himself the world's first pediatric endocrinologist, at Johns Hopkins University.

In 1966, Dr. Money founded the Gender Identity Clinic and an extensive research program for the psychohormonal treatment of sex offending and other paraphilias. John Money formulated, defined and coined the term "gender role," and later expanded it to gender-identity/role (G-I/R) in 1955. He had a worldwide reputation as an expert in gender science, research, and clinical care, ranging from neonatal sex assignment in cases of birth defect and ambiguity of the sex organs to adult sex reassignment in transsexualism. His expertise covers the theory of homosexuality, bisexuality, and heterosexuality. In 1961, he proposed the hypothesis that androgen is the libido hormone for both sexes.

Extending his research from the clinic to clinical history, Dr. Money wrote about the 18th century origins and present consequences of antisexualism in The Destroying Angel: Sex, Fitness, and Food in the Legacy of Degeneracy Theory, Graham Crackers, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, and American Health History (1985). Venuses Penuses: Sexology, Sexosophy, and Exigency Theory (1986) is an anthology of his theoretically significant writings. His publications also cover the philosophy and methodology of science in the practice of clinical psychoendocrinology and sexology, including Unspeakable Monsters in All Our Lives: The Complete Interviewer and Clinical Biographer, Exigency Theory and Sexology, and many other monographs.

Acquisition information:
donor(s), 19xx.
General note:
  1. Sexology
  2. Gender
  3. Gender Identity
  4. Gender Roles
  5. Psychoendocrinology
  6. Sex Reassignment Surgery and Care
  7. Abuse Dwarfism
  8. Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.



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[item], Collection Name, Library and Special Collections, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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