Perkins Archives Blog

Nun reading to Irene Ransburg via the manual alphabet, Odilien Institute, Graz, Austria, circa 1930.
September 23, 2015
Cataloged newspaper clippings about individuals with deafblindness from 1845-1974. They cover local, national, and international people and companies.
Kevin Hartigan leans against a display in the Perkins museum while speaking to a group of visitors
August 20, 2015
Tour guide Kevin Hartigan introduces visitors from around the world to the remarkable story of Perkins School for the Blind.
Helen Keller and John F. Kennedy are leaning forward and smiling at one another. Keller’s assistant, Winifred Corbally, sits between them, communicating into Keller’s hand via tactile sign language.
August 18, 2015
Many know Helen Keller as an advocate for people with disabilities, but did you know she was also a suffragist, civil rights pioneer and ambassador?
Sample braille page.
July 21, 2015
One of the best parts of this project was getting to learn more about Helen Keller through what she read.
Daguerreotype of Laura Bridgman, circa 1845.
June 29, 2015
In 1837, Laura Bridgman (1829 –1889), at almost eight years old, became a student at the Perkins Institution (now Perkins School for the Blind).
Aerial view of Perkins School for the Blind's campus
June 26, 2015
Canadian documentary puts the spotlight on Perkins School for the Blind, from Helen Keller to the modern day.
Fenway Court. Music room, looking toward stage, Thomas E. Marr & Son (photographer). Image source: Boston Public Library.
June 3, 2015
One hundred students of Perkins Institute invited to sing in the Famous Music Room at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum.
Open book with black and white photograph of three models of human anatomy.
April 17, 2015
A clear copy of the images transferred to the opposite page of the book through a damaging process called acid migration or acid transfer.
Archive b&w photo of three men standing around an old brailler
April 6, 2015
For more than 60 years, the Perkins Brailler has made it easier for people who are blind to communicate with the world around them.
Cake in the shape of the Howe building
March 2, 2015
On March 2, Perkins celebrates the day it was chartered as a school for the blind.