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Anne Sullivan Photograph Collection
Historical Background For nearly five decades, Anne Sullivan was Helen Keller's teacher, friend, and constant companion. This collection contains portraits of Sullivan, images of her with Helen Keller and other images and documents that pertain to her life. Anne Sullivan was born in April... more
Blind in Art Collection
This collection presents a fascinating glimpse of ways in which people who are blind or visually impaired have been portrayed in works of art through the ages. It consists of reproduction prints, posters, photographs, clippings, and a few original art objects relating to the depiction in works... more
Imperial Royal Institute for the Education of the Blind, Vienna
A collection of photographs of students, teachers, educational methods, buildings, and workshops at the Imperial Royal Institute for the Education of the Blind, Vienna (K.K. Blinden-Erziehungs-Institut, Wien). The school was founded in 1804 by Johann Wilhelm Klein, known as "The Father of the... more
Laura Bridgman Collection
This collection includes portraits, photos of textiles, personal items, and selected writings of Laura Bridgman from 1841 to 1889 at the Perkins Institution for the Blind, South Boston (now Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts). We are grateful to Dartmouth College Rauner... more
Overbrook School for the Blind, 1903
This collection holds photographs of the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mounted on gray display board and taken around 1903. Images show the grounds, classrooms, dormitories, and other facilities, as well as pupils engaged in academic study, classroom activities,... more
Perkins Photograph Albums
Collection of eight albums: Portrait Album, circa 1860: Contains portraits of important individuals in the history of the school, including Samuel Gridley Howe, Michael Anagnos, and Laura Bridgman, in addition to teachers and staff. Perkins Institution Kindergarten Department Album,... more
Physical Education at Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind pioneered the first physical education program in the United States for students with blindness or visual impairment. When Samuel Gridley Howe opened the school's doors in 1832, he was immediately troubled by his students' poor health. In that era, children who were... more