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Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory

The Kenneth R. Haslam, MD. collection at The Kinsey Institute contains materials related to  polyamory.  It consists of conference materials, Internet resources, media coverage, and research articles, as well as Dr Haslam’s personal correspondence and papers originally delivered at poly-oriented meetings, sex research and sex therapy conferences.  Additionally, there are materials from several other donors relating to research, media response, and community communications and publications.  The bulk of the collection represents the work of Dr. Haslam and other poly-activists from 2000 to the present, with contributions from earlier polyamory writers and activists dating from the 1970’s.

Dr. Haslam’s decision to develop the polyamory collection at The Kinsey Institute reflects his interest in providing information and educating the public about polyamorous relationships.  The collection includes biographical information about Kenneth Haslam, who has been a leader in organizing and documenting the polyamory community, and in introducing polyamory into the academic sphere. Dr. Haslam’s presentations, featured in this collection, are geared towards educating professionals, practitioners, the public and the poly-community; they form a framework for understanding polyamory, along with snapshots of the lifestyles and communities.

Many different polyamory groups and communities are represented in the collection, including the 1970’s Kerista Community and the Church of All Worlds in the U.S., and international materials, such as Dutch language publications from The Netherlands.  The collection also contains newsletters that were the precursors of Loving More magazine; a complete collection of Loving More magazine; list-serves, blogs and journals; websites, such as "Polyamorous Percolations;" "Swingercast," the swingers' podcast; Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness materials; and archives of various web based discussion groups

There is also a polyamory bibliography (pdf) containing a variety of materials, including books on the subject that are held by The Kinsey Institute.

This archive also contains data from a polyamory study commissioned by Ryan Nearing:
Polyamory Demography -- the "Loving More Magazine" Study (2000). More information and online download of study documentation (PDF) can be found in Kinsey Institute data sets.

For a complete list of materials in this collection, download the Haslam Collection Finding Aid.

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