Ira L. Reiss is a sociologist specializing in the study of human sexuality. He is the author of 14 books and four monographs published from 1960 to 2006, including An Insider’s View of Sexual Science Since Kinsey, Premarital Sexual Standards in America, The Social Context of Premarital Sexual Permissiveness, Journey Into Sexuality: An Exploratory Voyage, and Solving America's Sexual Crisis.
The Reiss Collection spans 62 years (1952–2014).
Ira L. Reiss served in WW2 and then earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1953. He taught at Bowdoin College, William and Mary College, Bard College, and the University of Iowa and then in 1969 he came to the University of Minnesota, Sociology Department and stayed there until his retirement in 1996. At the University of Minnesota Reiss also served as the director of the university’s Family Study Center.
The collection includes seven loose-leaf binders containing reviews of all his books, his major talks, key letters, codebooks for his national sample, his vita, and discussions he had on Sexnet. It also contains five hardbound volumes prepared for Reiss' published papers, favorite publications, unpublished work, and a 1955 rough draft of his 1960 book. Additional materials include Reiss':
The Collection also includes data from the National Opinion Research Center, Amalgam Survey, SRS 160 (1963).
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