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Uncovering the history of nudism at the American Nudist Research Library in Kissimmee

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Though it shies away from pornographic material, the ANRL is not without its controversial items. It owns several volumes of works by Jock Sturges, the photographer whose studios were raided in 1990 when he published pictures of young children from nudist colonies in France and America. But mostly, the materials found on the shelves lean toward the tame to Mayberry-ian.

In 2004, the ANRL received an Ig Nobel Prize from Improbable Research, an organization that spurs interest in science, medicine and technology. Its current scholarly mission is to digitize its archives into databases and make most of its materials available to members online.

The ANRL is always hungry for volunteers – and members, though the only benefit of membership seems to be that you can say you’re helping to support the preservation of the history of nudist recreation. But maybe that’s a good enough reason to pony up the $20 annual fee. After all, this is easily one of the most interesting places in Central Florida where you can gather your thoughts.

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