Dr. Vern Bullough was an historian,
sexologist, nursing researcher, author, and teacher, as well as a husband and father. While
this collection touches on all of these facets of the man, its focus is primarily on his
research and writing in the field of sexology. Particularly well represented are the
subjects of human sexuality, homosexuality, transsexuality, women (biology, gender,
politics), and prostitution. The collection also documents Bullough's social, civic, and
political advocacy including his run for the California State Assembly, work with the ACLU,
and within the LGBTQ Community.
Vern L. Bullough (1928-2006) was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served briefly
in the US Army immediately following World War II before returning to school and marrying
his high school sweetheart Bonnie in 1947 (1927-1996). He received his BA in history at the
University of Utah (1951) and his MA and PhD at the University of Chicago (1951 and 1954
respectively.) Bonnie, a nurse by profession, completed her bachelor's degree and began
teaching classes in public health (with a focus on human sexuality) by 1955. She earned her
master's degree in Nursing from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) followed by
an MA and Ph.D. in Sociology.
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