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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
Carmela Otero
Carmela Otero of Newark, New Jersey was a student in the Deaf-Blind Program at Perkins in the 1930s. Carmela arrived at Perkins at age six and developed a vocabulary of 402 words in two years time. She became a proficient user of the Tadoma method, and also used her voice and speech to... more
Condolence Letters and Clippings
This is a bound collection of letters, telegrams, and newspaper clippings that were sent to Helen Keller and collected following the death of Anne Sullivan Macy, her teacher and companion for forty-nine years. It includes messages of sympathy from many well-known people of the day, such as... more
Helen Keller Collection
The photographs in this collection span the life of Helen Keller, from her early childhood to her years at Perkins School for the Blind and beyond. Photos of her years with Anne Sullivan Macy and Polly Thomson are included. There are special sections from her adult life as Advocate and Traveler,... more
Historic Stereographs
This collection consists of stereographs or stereoscopic cards from the 1870s to the 1890s, with topics unrelated to the Perkins School for the Blind. Included are illustrations and photographs that portray images from popular culture, a series of comic images, religious images, and images of... 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
Lantern Slides
Lantern slides are transparent photographic images (positives), mounted on glass plates. They are designed to fit into magic lantern projectors to enlarge images for easy viewing by a group of people. This collection contains 154 individual lantern slides from the following... 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
Manual Arts and Vocational Training
This collection of photographs relate to Manual Training, Manual Arts, Independent Living Skills, Vocational Training and workshops for adults who are blind. Piano tuning, sewing, chair caning, and animal husbandry are among the subjects. Throughout the history of Perkins School for the Blind,... 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
Perkins Postcards
This collection consists of postcards of the Perkins campus at its former locations in South Boston, the first kindergarten for the blind in Jamaica Plain, and Perkins' current location in Watertown, Massachusetts. The images are in both black and white and color and include views of the campus,... more
Photos of Helen Keller in the Middle East
In 1952, Helen Keller and Polly Thomson embarked on a three-month trip to the Middle East, visiting Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. This collection of 35mm color slides was taken by Karl Meyer, the Director of the School for the Blind, Swiss Friends of the Armenians Mission,... 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
Students with Deafblindness at the Perkins School for the Blind
This is a collection of photographs of students, as well as their teachers, at the Perkins School for the Blind from 1890 to 1950. The students, ranging in age from kindergarten to adulthood, are shown in formal portraits, as well as in their daily activities. The collection highlights various... more
Sullivan / Keller / Anagnos correspondence, 1886-1895
This set includes correspondence to and from Michael Anagnos, Director of Perkins School for the Blind, Annie Sullivan, and Captain & Mrs. Keller, parents of Helen. The letters focus on the early education of Helen Keller, both at home in Tuscumbia, Alabama and at Perkins School for the... more
Tad Chapman Artifacts Collection
Winthrop "Tad" Chapman (1915-1996) was a student in the deafblind program at the Perkins Institute (now the Perkins School for the Blind). He lost his vision and hearing at the age of four as result of spinal meningitis. The Tadoma method of communication was named for Tad and Oma Simpson,... more
War Blind and Propaganda Poster Collection
A collection containing World War I and World War II materials--predominantly war propaganda posters, but also Red Cross and other national and international charities, posters benefiting wounded and blinded soldiers, public health posters postcards, photographs, and newspaper and magazine... more