History of the Professors
& Researchers SIG
article appeared in Nude & Natural 28.2
(Winter 2008), p. 83.
Professors & Researchers
SIG Goes Online
was aware that special interest groups of The Naturist Society
periodically wax and wane in their effectiveness. I was
surprised, however, at the Mid-Winter Naturist Festival, when Nicky
Hoffman Lee informed us that, at that particular moment, the Professors
& Researchers SIG was the largest and most active of them
all. Largest? Well, we do have over 40 members. But
most active? I suppose the fat electronic newsletter goes out on
time, and cumulatively over the years, we have accomplished quite a lot.
fact, at that same Mid-Winter meeting, some members suggested it was
time to put the research documentation we have compiled online, and
make it available to others. That caused a debate among the
SIG. Should we just post our newsletters online? Our
tenured and retired members said, “Sure. We have nothing to
hide.” But some of our younger and less established members
voiced a very real concern about not putting anything on the internet
that they didn’t want a prospective employer to read.
Others pointed out that the newsletter has become a place where we can
speak freely and confidentially, without worry about posterity and the
whole world eavesdropping; we wouldn’t want to lose that.
Also, information that appeared in driblets over several newsletters
can now be pulled together on the web site and kept up to date.
Without a consensus, we are keeping the newsletter among SIG
members. At the same time, we could agree on posting our major
compilations at www.paullevalley.com/sig. There is also a link on
The Naturist Society web site. I have, on a couple of occasions,
been called an elitist for not letting people into the group who were
neither professors nor researchers. Now upcoming researchers can
find the information they need to establish their credentials, and be
welcomed into the SIG.
Documents on the new site include:
● Visionary colleges
● Nudity-related dissertations, projects, and exams
● Campus streaking
● The 2003 AANR Youth Camp controversy
● Collected internet writings of David Goines
● Marvin Frandsen’s annotated bibliography for legal
● Several other bibliographies, grouped by author or subject
A bit of history
1999, Mark Storey organized the College Instructors SIG. He
expressed the hope that college professors could support one another in
naturist-related research projects--something that has still not
happened. The group immediately attracted a respectable number of
professors and got out a couple of newsletters before the contact URL
quit working, and the SIG went dormant.
thought this was too good an idea to die. Since Mark’s time
was increasingly going into research on early nudist movies, I agreed
take on the leadership in 2002. At the same time, the revived SIG
expanded to also include serious researchers and writers on
nudity-related subjects, who did not happen to teach. The group
now consists (in about equal numbers) of:
● Researchers and writers on nudity, who do not teach
● Professors of subjects far removed from their naturist
● Professors of subjects that involve some study of nudity
have professors of everything from astronomy, to mushrooms, to music,
to religion, to art history. We have librarians, computer
wizards, and rocket scientists. We have leaders in The Naturist
Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation. We have
members in the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and Australia. It is
good to have
the intellectuals in this movement talking with each other.
Besides lively discussion through the newsletter, some members also
consult with each other on matters of shared interest.
of our work has been in archiving significant electronic documents of
passing news before they vanish. Another strength is in compiling
bibliographies of printed articles related to nudity. Many of
those articles were written by members of this SIG.
SIG has long been pushing to make the resources of the American Nudist
Research Library in Florida available to serious researchers, wherever
they may live. Those of us who also belong to AANR have been
lobbying our regions to contribute generously to the library’s
less success, several SIG members have been pushing for lower student
fees in The Naturist Society and the Midwestern and Canadian regions of
AANR. Our work is far from done.
you are already a college teacher, or have conducted nudity-related
research, we want you in the SIG. Please contact us. Or if
you just want to read some good reports and learn where to find more,
visit the new web site.
This article appeared in Nude
& Natural 32.2 (Winter 2012), p.
Professors & Researchers
SIG Moves Its Web Site
The Professors & Researchers Special Interest
Group has outgrown its web site, and moved to a URL all its own:
www.tnsprofessorsig.org. The SIG began in 1999, and has been
doing serious archiving since 2002. The web site went up in the
fall of 2008 in free space I was not using on my own site. After
just four years, increased traffic exceeded available bandwidth, so a
move became necessary.
Compiling bibliography is what this SIG does
best. In the first year the site was up, 43% of users went there
to learn where articles on naturist topics could be found. After
all, members of the SIG had written many of those articles. There
are also specialized bibliographies, such as books commonly available
in public libraries, nudity in India, Greek athletics, or Marvin
Frandsen's compilation of case studies useful in legal defense.
The percentage of viewers going to the bibliography pages has dropped
over the years as we added other attractions, but their numbers have
probably remained constant.
Archiving of important nudist documents is another
function of the SIG. When a furor erupted over the AANR Youth
Camps in 2003, we recognized a need to preserve some very fine defenses
of family naturism before they disappeared from the Internet. As
the controversy dragged out, we devoted whole issues of our newsletter
to youth camps in 2003, 2004, and 2008. Surprisingly, interest in
the topic has grown over the years—partly because it is not
available anywhere else. (AANR has stopped publicizing its camps,
so that parents no longer know they continue.) More people came
to the youth camp page in 2012 when we published another special issue
of documents on the Quaker Farm and Wilderness Camps in Vermont, that
recently ended decades of nudity. There was also fresh
information on Linda Shockley, the California girl who started regional
nudist youth camps back in 1964.
Use of the web site varies by season. In
summer, people reminisce about their camping experience. In
spring, their thoughts turn to college streaking. That was a hot
topic in 2005, when we devoted a whole issue to phenomena like the
Hamilton College Varsity Streaking Team.
When SIG member David Goines died in 2004, we
rescued his many Internet writings before they vanished.
The SIG has also compiled a few historic beach
documents, such as the priest complaining in 1595 that Indians at
Playalinda Beach were not properly dressed. Or consider Jacques
Lemoyne's engraving of a native family skinny-dipping up the coast
thirty years earlier. Talk about traditional family values!
With the emergence of Naturally FSU in late 2009, we
put up a page on officially recognized campus nudist organizations over
the years. So far, we have discovered six of them founded at
California State University-Northridge 1973, Rice 1985, University of
Pennsylvania 1994, University of Texas-Austin 1995, University of
Toronto 1998, and Florida State University 2009.
That and a 2011 page on non-campus umbrella groups
for young adults (like Vita Nuda and Florida Young Naturists) brought
more students to the web site. We have become the place where
they find about college nudist opportunities, such as
scholarships. This is also where they can dream about visionary
colleges that allow nudity in the future. A recent example is
Will Forrest's novel, Co-Ed Naked Philosophy.
On an average day, about twenty people come to the
Professors & Researchers site. A persistent problem is that
too many of them come on a Google-type search, find exactly what they
wanted—then leave without looking around at all of the other
marvelous stuff we have to offer. Links from the Naked Truth
Naturists and the Academic Naturist blog bring us visitors with greater
To preserve members' privacy, not everything in the
SIG newsletter appears on the web site—only those items useful to
other researchers. From the current newsletter come further
details about nude Boy Scout troop 66, who made page 1 headlines across
the country in 1977. Future plans include writings of Lee
Baxandall in his pre-Naturist Society days.
We have nearly 60 members. If you are a
professor or a researcher, come and join the conversation. But
everybody can check out all the good information at
Return to the SIG home page.