The Alex Comfort Collection

Finding aid prepared by staff and volunteers of Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections, Indiana University.

Title: The Alex Comfort Collection
Collection No.: X7905646
Dates: 1958-1983
Quantity:

Quantity: 2 Boxes

Dimensions: 12" h x 15" w x 4" d

Quantity:

Quantity: 1 Box

Dimensions: 10.5" h x 13" w x 15.5" d

Quantity:

Quantity: 2 metal boxes

Dimensions: 4.5" h x 6.25" w x 15" d

Abstract: Alex Comfort, Ph.D., (1920-2000) was a British biochemist, physician, sex researcher and author of numerous works including The Joy of Sex (1972), which sold over 12 million copies. This collection contains material on homosexuality, bondage, sexual health, etc. These items were used by Comfort for research for his book Joy of Sex . There is also material related to the Sandstone experimental sexual community where Comfort lived for a short time.
Language: Undetermined .
Repository: The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Indiana University
1165 E. Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Business Number: 812-855-7686
libknsy@indiana.edu
URL: https://kinseyinstitute.org/collections/library

Scope and Content Note

The Alex Comfort Collection contains 132 archival folders and card files of professional correspondence (1958-1976), manuscripts (1975-1983), research notes, clippings, illustrations and bibliographical citations on human sexual behavior. Also included in this collection are magazines, catalogs, advertisements, sketches and commercial photographs of bondage/pseudo-aggression (1971-1978), as well as material related to the Sandstone experimental sexual community where Comfort lived for a short time (1970-1972).

The Alex Comfort collection is divided up in 3 series:

  1. Manuscripts - Personal / Biographical / Historical
  2. Bibliographical
  3. Photographic & Miscellaneous

Restrictions

Access Restrictions:

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

Usage Restrictions:

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

General

  1. Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

General

  1. Sex research history.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

1992-06