Documenting The Social Nudist Movement


The Nudist Research Library Consortium is a cooperative agreement between four independent American research libraries with the shared mission of preserving and archiving the history of social nudism. The goal of the consortium is to improve access by digitizing research material and sharing information. Below are descriptions of the other three regional libraries besides WNRL.

The American Nudist Research Library (ANRL) was founded in 1979. More than 40 years of preserving nudist history has resulted in strong collections of national and foreign magazines, club newsletters, ASA/AANR documents, Who’s Who files, and videos. All magazines and newsletters have been electronically scanned; digitization continues on the rest of the collection.
ANRL is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit corporation on the grounds of Cypress Cove Resort. Annual and life memberships are available.

The Naturist Education Foundation Research Library (NEFRL) was established by NEF in 2006. With over 16,000 magazines and 1,000 books, it is one of the largest naturist-related collections open to the public. The library is available by appointment, but library services are primarily provided through the Internet. Anyone can submit a Research Request for specific items, and registered library patrons can virtually “check out” select items through our Digital Loan program.

The AANR-NW Regional Library and Archive operates as a repository for regional materials and viewing library for nudist books, magazines, photos, slides, films and club memorabilia. It was established in 2008 and is supported by AANR-NW. Regular visitor hours are offered in the summer seasons and by appointment. It has the following goals:

  • Preserve and archive the history of AANR-NW, member clubs, and family nude recreation in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Provide access to archived materials for research and education.
  • Promote family nude recreation in the AANR-NW region.