In addition to the records of the Kinsey Institute and archives of notable sex researchers and organizations, the Kinsey Institute Special Collections preserve the archives of former Kinsey Institute directors. These document both the day-to-day records of their time as director as well as additional personal materials related to their careers and interests outside of the Institute. In 2022, we received a gift of new cultural artifacts from former director Dr. June Reinisch.
Dr. June Reinisch served as the Kinsey Institute’s fourth director from 1982–1993. A psychologist from Columbia University, her research interests also included pregnancy and maternity. Under her directorship, the institute expanded its vision and broadened its public impact.
The June Reinisch Art and Artifacts Collection reflects Dr. Reinisch’s deep immersion in the Kinsey Institute Special Collections while she was director. As a new director in 1982, she was able to procure additional space in the Institute’s former home in Morrison Hall to add a new full floor for the library (including temperature and humidity-controlled stacks and archival storage for art and artifacts), a scholars’ reading room, a Visiting Scholars Study, an art gallery, and additional research and staff offices, and laboratory space. By 1990, the Kinsey Institute was able to launch the first exhibition of art collections, which has remained a pillar of its outreach and education activities.
Dr. Reinisch has spoken often of how she missed being surrounded by collections after her retirement from the directorship. Inspired by the Kinsey Institute holdings, she started travelling and collecting cultural representations of pregnancy from around the world, including from India, China, and Nepal. Her new donation includes over 100 pieces, including sculptures made out of metal, porcelain, wood, and other materials. The institute is thrilled that her collections strengthen and expand our holdings on reproduction and pregnancy.