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1947

--Institute for Sex Research, Inc. (ISR), incorporated April 8, 1947, with Dr. Alfred Kinsey as Director.
--All project materials transferred to ISR by deed for $1.00.
--ISR housed in Biology Hall (Swain Hall East).

1948

-- Publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (W.B. Saunders) on January 5th.

1950

-- ISR moved to Wylie Hall.
-- American Statistical Association sent review committee to ISR.
-- U.S. Customs in New York City seized material. (Resolved in 1957 federal court case.)

1953

-- Publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (W.B. Saunders) on September 14th.

1955

-- ISR moved to Jordan Hall.

1956

-- Television interview taped with Dr. Kinsey for NBC broadcast on March 20th.
-- Dr. Kinsey interviewed his last 2 subjects. Altogether he personally took 7985 of the approximately 18,000 sex histories gathered by the research team.
-- Death of Dr. Kinsey on August 25th at age 62.
-- Dr. Paul Gebhard, a Harvard-trained anthropologist and key member of Kinsey's research team, appointed executive director and Dr. Wardell Pomeroy named director of field research.

1957

-- U.S. v. 31 Photographs case settled by U.S. federal court in the Institute's favor; the decision gave the Institute the right to import erotic/pornographic materials for research purposes.
-- First grant received from the National Institute of Mental Health.

1958

-- Publication of Pregnancy, Birth, and Abortion (Harper/Hoeber).

1963

-- Pomeroy resigns. Gebhard assumes directorship of the Institute.
-- By this year, a total of 18,216 sex histories had been taken through use of the interview devised by Kinsey.

1965

-- Publication of Sex Offenders: An Analysis of Types (Harper/Hoeber).

1967

-- ISR began move to Morrison Hall; some research staff remained at Poplars.

1970

-- Information Services Department established to provide reference and referral information.
-- First Summer Training Program held in July.

1976

-- Publication of Sexual Nomenclature: A Thesaurus (G.K. Hall).

1978

-- Publication of Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women (Simon & Schuster).

1981

-- The Institute for Sex Research renamed "The Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, Inc." at a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of Dr. Kinsey's death.

1982

-- Retirement of Dr. Gebhard as Director.
-- Dr. June Reinisch, a psychologist trained at Columbia University, appointed Director.
-- The Institute's name changed to "The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Inc." to reflect broadened research mission.
-- All Institute departments were housed in Morrison Hall.

1984-93

-- During this period, "The Kinsey Report," an internationally syndicated newspaper column, disseminated research-based information to the general public.

1987

-- Publication of Masculinity/Femininity (Oxford University Press), inaugural volume in "The Kinsey Institute Series."

1989

-- Publication of Sex and Morality in the U.S. (Wesleyan University Press).

1990

-- Publication of The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex: What You Must Know to be Sexually Literate (St. Martin's Press), the first Institute publication written for the general public.
-- First exhibition (and catalog) of the art collection, Selections from the Collections of The Kinsey Institute.

1993

-- Retirement of Dr. Reinisch as Director.
-- Appointment of Dr. Stephanie Sanders as Interim Director.

1994

-- Gopher information server for sexuality research inaugurated.

1995

-- John Bancroft, M.D. appointed as the Institute's new Director.
-- Establishment of the Kinsey Institute clinics for sexual health and for menstrual cycle problems.
-- In March the Institute's online public access catalog, KICAT, was made available on the Internet.
-- Public controversy over some aspects of Alfred Kinsey's research.

1996

-- International Methodology Symposium hosted by the Institute.
-- Institute's World Wide Web page created.

1997

-- 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Institute for Sex Research, now The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.
-- Publication of Researching Sexual Behavior: Methodological Issues (Indiana University Press)

1998

-- 50th anniversary of the publication of Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.
-- Publication by Indiana University Press of reprint editions of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female with a new introduction by John Bancroft, M.D., and The Kinsey Data: Marginal Tabulations of the 1938-1963 Interviews Conducted by the Institute for Sex Research.
-- International Theory Symposium hosted by the Institute.
-- The Kinsey Institute Sexuality Information Service for Students, KISISS, an online Q & A service targeted to Indiana University students.

1999

-- Symposium on Midlife Sexuality, cosponsored by SIECUS, at Indiana University.

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
  • Retirement of Dr. Bancroft as Director.
  • Julia Heiman, Ph.D. appointed as the Institute's new Director.
  • Kinsey opens in November. Midwest premiere held as benefit at the IU Auditorium. Co-star Laura Linney and Director Bill Condon address the crowd.
2005
  • Special Edition DVD of Kinsey movie, featuring interviews with staff, a walk through the KI gallery, and an interactive questionnaire.
  • KI-Journalism project launches, Turning Sexual Science into News
2006
2007
  • Expressive Bodies photography exhibition opens at the SOFA Gallery, Indiana University.
  • 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Kinsey Institute (the Institute for Sex Research) at Indiana University.
  • KI holds 2nd Annual Juried Erotic Art Show. Other exhibits included Kinsey Confidential, and Queer Projections.
  • KI hosts inaugural conference of University Consortium for Sexuality Research and Training.
  • KI co-hosts the 50th anniversary meeting of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Kinsey Scientist Dr. Erick Janssen edits The Psychophysiology of Sex, published by Indiana University Press.
2008
  • KI hosts a panel discussion, “Virtual Connections: Sexuality and Relationships Online”
  • KI holds 3rd Annual Juried Art Show, with change to name and widened focus to include artworks with a sexuality or reproduction theme. Other exhibit include iGuy (HeLovesMeHeLovesMeNot.com), Women of Pleasure, Infinitely Variable, and Sex and Presidential Politics.
2009
  • KI holds the 4th Annual Juried Art Show. Due to the increase in submissions, the show is presented at the SoFA Gallery at Indiana University. The Juried Show is featured in an MSNBC online review in June.
  • Other exhibits include Pre-Revolutionary Queer, Eros in Asia, Contemporary Art at The Institute, and The Shape of Us.
  • KI researchers speak about recent studies and invite public participation at Sex Research LIVE!, part of the inaugural Indiana University Themester "Evolution, Diversity and Change" and of Sexplorations Week at Indiana University
  • Anthropologist Virginia J. Vitzthum joins Kinsey staff as Senior Scientist
  • New website www.kinseyinstitutegallery.com established for the KI Gallery
  • New podcast series launched, Kinsey Institute Presents: Conversations About Sex Research
  • Inaugural John Money Fellowship awarded to Sarah Lindsley
  • Kinsey Institute Graduate Research Grants awarded to Kelly Donahue, Christopher Harte, Brandon Hill, Mike Parent, Alexis Roth-Graneros, and Kristin Scherrer
2010
  • KI holds the 5th Annual Juried Art Show at the SoFA Gallery at Indiana University. Other exhibitions include Private Eyes, A Collector's Vision, and Nature & Nurture.
  • Renowned classical violinist Joshua Bell hosts a fundraiser for the Kinsey Institute in his New York loft.
  • Kinsey Director Dr. Julia Heiman receives the Kinsey Award from the Society for the Study of Sexuality.
  • Research findings include effective condom fit, the 'Had Sex' study, and participation in the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior by several Kinsey researchers.
  • John Money Fellowship awarded to Bradley Lane
  • Kinsey Institute Graduate Research Grants awarded to Lindsay Briggs, Lelia Chilarescu, Andrew Hendrickson, Hollie Fuhrmann, and Julia Mackaronis
2011
  • KI holds the 6th Annual Juried Art Show at the SoFA Gallery at Indiana University. Other exhibitions include As We See Them: Exotic and Erotic Images from Modern Alternative Process Photographers, Storytellers, and The Photographs of Len Prince
  • Kinsey Institute researcher Dr. Virginia Vitzthum elected Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • KI begins collaborating with re-opened IU Cinema to schedule public screenings of selected video & film holdings from the Kinsey Collections
  • Kinsey Institute welcomes postgraduate fellow Dr. Justin Garcia
  • Research findings on arousal response in bisexual men, sexual satisfaction & relationship happiness in midlife couples, infidelity in heterosexual couples, and the effects of hormonal contraceptives on women's sexual experience.
  • Kinsey Institute recieves archives of noted sex research pioneers Virginia Johnson & William Masters
  • John Money Fellowship jointly awarded to Jill Weinberg and Anastasia Jones
  • Kinsey Institute Graduate Research Grants awarded to Yvette Hill, Kristen Jozkowski, and Maren Scull (all from Indiana University), and Sabra Katz-Wise (University of Wisconsin at Madison), Maxwell Moholy (Idaho State University), and Matthew Stief (Cornell University).
  • John Money Fellowship jointly awarded to Jill Weinberg and Anastasia Jones
  • Kinsey Institute Graduate Research Grants awarded to Yvette Hill, Kristen Jozkowski, and Maren Scull (all from Indiana University), and Sabra Katz-Wise (University of Wisconsin at Madison), Maxwell Moholy (Idaho State University), and Matthew Stief (Cornell University).
  • Kinsey Institute passes 70,000 Twitter followers
2012
  • Kinsey Institute Director Dr. Julia Heiman elected Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • John Money Fellowship awarded to Eli Vitulli from the University of Minnesota
  • Kinsey Institute Graduate Research Grants awarded to Elizabeth Pfeiffer (Indiana University), Nicole Smith (Indiana University), Amanda Denes (University of California, Santa Barbara), Kristina Gupta (Emory University)
  • Kinsey Institute passes 100,000 Twitter Followers
2013
  • Dr. Julia Heiman steps down as Kinsey Institute Director; Dr. Stephanie Sanders appointed Interim Director
  • John Money Fellowship awarded to Samantha Allen of Emory University
  • Kinsey Institute Graduate Research Grants awarded to Nadav Antebi (Columbia University), Leslie Doll (Penn State University), Amy Harris (Indiana University), Randolph Hubach (Indiana University)
  • Kinsey Institute passes 125,000 Twitter Followers, 10,000 Facebook followers
  • Kinsey Institute releases Kinsey Reporter smartphone app in collaboration with IU School of Informatics
  • Juried Art Show's 8th year, and Gallery exhibits including Past/Present; La Vida Sexual; Naked Spaces; Face Value.

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