The Magnus Hirschfeld Collection

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

Title: The Magnus Hirschfeld Collection
Collection No.: X7910463
Dates: 1895-1931

Quantity: 4 flat boxes

Dimensions: 4'

Abstract: The collection of Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), German physician and sex researcher who is credited with founding the German homosexual rights movement. This collection contains contents from a scrapbook compiled by Carl Hoefft with an eye towards eventual publication. Materials include invitations, articles, books, pamphlets, posters, handbills, letters, questionnaires, speeches, legal documents and a horoscope. Most materials are in German.
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

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of invitations to professional events and to lectures signed by Hirschfeld, publications and publication announcements, reports, clippings, handbills and posters for lectures on homosexuality and other topics (1895-1928), professional correspondence (1906-1931), confidential reports and minutes of the Wissenschaftlich-humanitäre Komitee (Scientific-Humanitarian Committee) meetings on homosexual legal reform (1902-1921), a program from International Congress of World League for Sexual Reform (1928), magazines and articles regarding homosexuality and transvestitism (1914-1920), and book advertisements, title pages, and table of contents on fetishes, transvestitism, and homosexuality (1898-1928). The collection includes trial case sketches, news clippings and court documents regarding persons accused of homosexual practices (Krupp, Bülow-Brand 1907, Grunowski 1927-1928) or involved with accusations of royalty being and exclusively hiring homosexuals (Moltke-Harden 1907, Prince Eulenburg 1908) and other homosexual-related cases. Clinical materials consist of Hirschfeld's famous letter to the 3000 students of the Charlottenburg Institute of Technology with sexual orientation survey cards (1903), psychobiological questionnaires (1930) and self-reported homosexual and transvestite case histories and photographs. Most materials are in German.


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  1. Sex researchers
  2. Sex research history

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

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