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B.E.M Erotica Manuscript Collection

The BEM collection is comprised of more than 1100 original, unpublished manuscripts of erotica (36 linear ft.) donated to the Institute in the mid-1960's by a private collector. The manuscripts were written primarily by anonymous military personnel in the 1940's and consist of sexual fantasies and stories, many of which feature bondage and domination or mild sado-masochistic themes. The collection includes both typed and handwritten manuscripts; many are hand-bound and decorated. The manuscripts are organized into series by the type of binding (e.g., Red Binding Series, Wallpaper Series), the author or collector, or the content (e.g., The Rape and Torture Series, Beige Humiliation Series).

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