Perkins Archives Blog

An older woman in a dress holds a dog's front paws as he stands on his back legs.
June 27, 2017
As we celebrate Perkins' most famous student's birthday today, let's take a look back at her words of wisdom.
A black and white photo showing three women sitting in lawn chairs outside. One of the women, Braddy Henney, is signing to Helen Keller. Polly Thomson is sitting on the other side of Helen Keller. There is a black dog seated in front of them.
June 26, 2017
What we can learn about how Helen Keller celebrated her birthday from journals kept by Nella Braddy Henney.
A student athlete jumps through the air as other students watch from the sidelines
May 30, 2017
Perkins has always been a leader in encouraging students who are blind to participate in sports and athletics.
A woman with short hair stands in front of a small airplane.
May 23, 2017
What do a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, a female aviation pioneer and an iconic author have in common?
A young Perkins student sits on a hobby horse while Tommy Stringer reclines on the grass.
May 11, 2017
When she was just 10 years old, Helen Keller launched a fundraising drive to help a poor boy who was deafblind come to Perkins.
A pile of four 19th Century Newspapers
May 2, 2017
A Perkins Archives intern's experience processing the the Printed Ephemera collection, and the Blindness in Popular Fiction and Nonfiction collection.
A young Helen Heller reads a large braille book, which is in her lap
April 25, 2017
Keller was never afraid to take unpopular positions, as she did when she argued that William Shakespeare didn't write his plays
Letterhead for May French-Sheldon's Lecture Tour, 1892.
April 19, 2017
The Kindergarten Correspondence Collection consists of 39 volumes, spanning the years 1884-1921.
Mayor Walsh and Commissioner McCosh with two Perkins students
April 14, 2017
During a visit to Perkins’ Watertown campus, the mayor learns about blindness education – past and present.
A young Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan face each other.
April 13, 2017
To celebrate Sullivan’s birthday on April 14, here are some surprising facts about Helen Keller’s teacher and friend