Dec 13, 2020
There are two ways to conduct research at the American Nudist Research Library.
Far the most satisfying is to visit the library and have all of its resources at your fingertips: books, magazines, club newsletters, miscellaneous files, and videos. An increasing number of these things are available on the library computers—most of those pages search-enabled. If you let us know when you are coming, we have a research coördinator to help steer you toward useful materials. It is well worth the trip.
If travel is not practical, you can do some well-focused research from a distance. Once you know exactly which pages of which publications you want to read, you can order a reasonable number of black-and-white photocopies at 10¢ each. (Remember to count first AND last pages. For instance, pp. 28–38 is eleven pages—not ten.) Also be aware that you may be paying for some unrelated nude photographs that the editor interspersed to give a better appearance to the pages of print.
Unless you are looking for something very specific, your research will probably begin with these useful tools:
Bibliography of Scholarly Articles in nudist magazines (mostly from the 1960s, and mostly nude art). Besides books, academic journals, and dissertations, this is the place to look for reputable scholarly writing on topics related to nudity.
Tables of Contents of major nudist magazines. Here you find the raw details from the history of organized nudism, itself. And the contents are searchable electronically. This is an ongoing project; feel free to suggest other nudist magazines whose contents you would like to see. But be warned: titles don’t always reveal what the article is about.
Books (listed in ‘Shelf Code’ order)
People are welcome to drop into the library and browse anytime we are open. But efficient research requires that you do your homework in advance, and know what you are looking for before approaching us. Then we are happy to help you in your search.
Scholars who do research for publication are expected to donate a copy of the finished article, thesis, dissertation, or book to the library.
Professors & Researchers Special Interest Group of The Naturist Society Note: This page is very old and needs to be updated.