Collection ID: X8258750
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Summary

Abstract:
The materials in this collection are related to Ira L. Reiss, a sociologist specializing in the study of human sexuality. This collection contains biographic information, correspondence, publications/research, lectures, and AV recordings. Reiss's total collection spans an impressive 57 years, from 1953 to 2010 and Reiss will soon be adding new material.
Extent:
8 Boxes
Language:
Undetermined .
Preferred citation:

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

Background

Biographical / Historical:

Ira L. Reiss was born in New York City on December 8, 1925. He served in WW2 and then earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1953. He taught at Bowdoin College, William and Mary College, Bard College, and the University of Iowa and then in 1969 he came to the University of Minnesota, Sociology Department and stayed there until his retirement in 1996. At the University of Minnesota Reiss also served as the director of the university's Family Study Center. He is the author of 14 books and four monographs published from 1960 to 2006, including such titles as An Insider's View of Sexual Science Since Kinsey, Premarital Sexual Standards in America, The Social Context of Premarital Sexual Permissiveness, Journey Into Sexuality: An Exploratory Voyage, and Solving America's Sexual Crisis.

Scope and Content:

The Reiss Collection consists of eight boxes which contain archival materials, bound volumes, and publications. Some publications and writings are located in the library stacks collection, and can be accessed via KICAT. The collection is divided into six series:

  1. Vita & Bibliographical Information
  2. Correspondence
  3. Publications & Research
  4. Presentations & Lectures
  5. Audio Recordings
  6. Video Recordings

The Reiss Collection includes seven loose leaf binders containing reviews of all his books, his major talks, key letters, codebooks for his national sample, his vita, and discussions he had on Sexnet. There are also five hardbound volumes that Reiss prepared for his published papers, favorite publications, unpublished work and a 1955 rough draft of his 1960 book. The collection includes publications that occurred after these volumes were prepared. Also included are Reiss's dissertation, the data for his 1963 national sample which researched premarital sexual permissiveness attitudes, and a unique collection of 49 CDs and 36 DVDs of his professional talks and media presentations dating from 1960-2006. These audio/video discs contain appearances covering a myriad of topics from Reiss's publications on premarital, extramarital, cross cultural, HIV/AIDS, sexual ethics, and many other of his sexual science research and theory works addressed from a sociological perspective. So far, Reiss's total collection spans an impressive 57 years, from 1953 to 2010 and Reiss will soon be adding new material.

Acquisition information:
2001-09 2004-12-01 2005-01-03 2005-01-13 2005-10 2005-12-08 2007-05-30 2008-04 2009-09-04 2009-10-28 2010-02-12 2010-10
Dimensions:
15" x 12.5" x 10.5"
General note:
  1. Sex Research
  2. Sex Theory

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 Ira L. Reiss 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