Collection ID: X7910440
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Summary

Abstract:
The Hatfield Collection contains materials related to Elaine Hatfield, a professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii. This collection contains biographical materials, items related to the criticism of her work from Senator William Proxmire (D-Wisc), video materials and other miscellaneous items.
Extent:
2 Boxes
Language:
Undetermined .
Preferred citation:

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

Background

Scope and Content:

The Hatfield Collection consists of two boxes containing 5 archival folders dividing into 3 series:

  1. Biographical Materials
  2. Proxmire Materials
  3. Video Materials & Miscellaneous Material.

This first series includes biographical materials relevant to Dr. Elaine Hatfield, including personal correspondence and documents detailing her professional and personal accomplishments.

The video materials include television appearances and home movies on both DVD and VHS. Some of the material is personal (e.g. home movies), but the majority contains television appearances and videotaped interviews from the 1990's and the early part of the 21 st century. The programmed topics range from love, appearance, and/or sexuality. A small portion of the video material focuses on the work and extra-curricular activities of her husband, Richard L. Rapson.

The Proxmire series include materials relevant to the attack on her work by Senator William Proxmire (D-Wisc.) in 1975. Included is a detailed collection of 165 items including articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, essays, and court documents detailing the Proxmire attack and subsequent fallout. Hatfield, then working at the University of Wisconsin, had received an $84,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study passionate love. Proxmire felt this was a waste of taxpayer money and launched an aggressive (and successful) campaign to revoke Hatfield's funding. Hatfield became the first recipient of Proxmire's Golden Fleece Award, an infamous award bestowed upon "the most outrageous examples of federal waste". Proxmire continued to designate an award winner up to his retirement in 1988.

Acquisition information:
2002
Physical facet:
Contain clippings, correspondence, essays, documents, and DVDs
General note:
  1. William Proxmire
  1. Love
  2. Sex and politics
  3. Sex researchers
  4. Beauty

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

Access restrictions may apply. Contact The Kinsey Institute, libknsy@indiana.edu, for further information.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

By qualified users only. Contact The Kinsey Institute, libknsy@indiana.edu, for application process.

PREFERRED CITATION:

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

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
The Library and Special Collections
1165 East Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405, United States
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
812-855-7686
libknsy@indiana.edu