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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3265

Libido : the journal for sex and sensibility collection


Collection including draft layouts, poetry, photographs, correspondence, and ephemera focusing on Libido: The Journal of Sex and Sensibility.


  • circa 1980-2000

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


7 linear feet (7 boxes)

Includes drafts, proofs, and publications for Libdio magazine. The collection also includes erotica and/or conversations around erotica through photographs, slides, advertisements and flyers, DVDs, newspapers, poetry, a jock-strap, and correspondence related to Libido magazine.

Biographical / Historical

Life-partners Marianna Beck and Jack Hafferkamp are the co-founders and co-editors of Libdio: the Journal of Sex and Sensibility. Part of their motivation for creating the magazine was to have a way to express their attraction for each other. Beck and Hafferkamp have experience as writers, directors for documentaries, and editors. Hafferkamp was also a senior lecturer at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a reporter (Contra Costa Times).


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged in 10 series: Apparel; Audio-visual Materials; Correspondence; Drafts and Proofs; Libido Journals; Mailers and Advertisements; Newspapers; and Photographs and Images; and Poetry.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019M-067. Purchased from the Center for Sex and Culture, 2019.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2019.

Beck, Marianna. Libido : the journal for sex and sensibility collection, circa 1980-2000 (MS Am3265): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 April 3
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Repository Details

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