Embossed Writing Systems and Printing Samples Collection Finding Aid

Samuel P. Hayes Research Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

braille materials in Dutch, English, and Hindi

Three image of braille materials in Dutch, English, and Hindi with embossed graphics of a hand, and a man in a turban with two lions.

Creator: 

Unknown

Date Range: 
circa 1835-1975, bulk 1915-1918.
Call number: 
AG100
Abstract: 

Materials related to the different formats of embossed text, graphics and other materials for the blind from the 19th and 20th century including instructional guides and tools. Some of these materials may be from as early as 1835, but the majority of them are not dated. Collection includes writing samples in different embossed systems including: Boston Line Type, Moon Type, New York Point, Braille, along with non-embossed research materials and articles about embossed systems for the blind. There are also international materials in a variety of languages.

Extent: 
2.25 linear feet
Language: 
English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, Hindi, German, Latin and Japanese
Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Embossed Writing Systems and Printing Samples Collection, Perkins School for the Blind
Arrangement: 

B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1

4 Series, 4 boxes

Series 1: Embossed Printing Samples and Research Materials, Circa 1835-1954
Series 2: Braille Printing Samples and Research Materials, 1893-1976
Series 3: Oversized Embossed Printing Samples and Research Materials, 1913-1918
Series 4: Oversized Braille Printing Samples and Research Materials, 1917-1928

Container List: 

Series 1: Embossed Printing Samples and Research Materials

This series contains writing samples in New York Point, Moon Type, Boston Line Type and embossed alphabets in different languages. There are also educational tools that are embossed but not in a particular typeface (mathematical squares, for example.) Some academic articles are included which compare embossed systems.

B1:F1: “Psalm XXIII” in Boston Line Type, embossed on one page, 30 copies, n. d. 

B1:F2: “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in Boston Line Type, embossed on a four page booklet, 2 copies, n. d. 

B1:F3: “The Lord’s Prayer” in Boston Line Type, embossed on one page, 7 copies, n. d. 

B1:F4: Moon Type materials, embossed pages, 5 items with some duplicates, n. d. 

B1:F5: New York Point materials and teacher directions, embossed and non-embossed pages and booklets, 58 items with some duplicates, 1910, n. d. 

B1:F6: Miscellaneous New York Point materials, embossed pages that are rolled together, n. d. 

B1:F7: “The Development of Printing for the Blind,” lists of early embossed books in Perkins Library, 13 items with some duplicates, 1954, n. d. 

B1:F8: Mathematical squares, embossed on one page, 13 items with some duplicates, n. d. 

B1:F9: Embossed Roman alphabet, embossed pages and booklets, 35 items with some duplicates, circa earliest 1839, n. d. 

B1:F10: Embossed Greek alphabet, 2 cardboard slats embossed with wheat paste, n. d. 

B1:F11: Embossed Latin, 2 embossed pages, 1937 B1:F12: Academic articles related to blindness, non-embossed booklet and pages, 16 items with some duplicates, 1908, n. d.

Series 2: Braille Printing Samples and Research Materials 

This series contains braille writing samples. They are divided by language (with the exception of American Braille and English Braille which are separated by country) with some additional folders for educational guides and exercises. Materials from L’Institut Louis-Braille in Montreal, Instituut tot Onderwijs van Blinden in Amsterdam and, The School for the Blind in Athens are also included. The School for the Blind and Deaf in Tokyo also have a folder with the Japanese Point System, which is based on braille.

B2:F1: “Improved Braille Alphabet” booklets, 3 embossed copies, n. d. 

B2:F2: “Independence National Historical Park: A Tour of the Park,” embossed guide accompanied by non-embossed transcription, 1976 B2:F3: Educational guides for braille, 6 items with some duplicates, 1918, 1919, 1932, 1939, n. d. 

B2:F4: American braille materials, embossed booklets and pages, 74 items with some duplicates, 1923, 1924, 1944, n. d. 

B2:F5: British braille materials, non-embossed education exercise, 15 copies, n. d. 

B2:F6: French braille materials, embossed and non-embossed materials, 9 items with some duplicates, 1893, 1917, n. d. 

B2:F7: German braille materials, 2 embossed items and a non-embossed item, n. d. 

B2:F8: Greek braille materials, embossed booklet, n. d. 

B2:F9: Hindi Braille Materials, 3 embossed booklets, .n. d. 

B2:F10: Japanese braille materials, a non-embossed page, n. d. 

B2:F11: Spanish braille materials, embossed pages, 24 items with some duplicates, n. d. 

B2:F12: Miscellaneous braille materials, an embossed sheet and 2 embossed metal plates, 1942 and n. d.

Series 3: Oversized Embossed Printing Samples and Research Material 

This series contains oversized writing samples in Standard Dot system, square hand, New York Point and embossed alphabets. The majority of this box is comprised of booklets with the embossed alphabets of these systems, one by the American Association of Workers for the Blind (AAWB.) Some academic articles are included which compare embossed systems. The last folder contains “The Uniform Type Question” by W.M.B. Wait, a book composed entirely in New York Point.

B3:F1a: “Concise Keys to the Standard Dot System of Writing and Printing for the Blind” booklets by the Fifth Biennial Report of the Uniform Type Committee of the AAWB, 3 embossed copies, 1915

B3:F1b: “Concise Keys to the Standard Dot System of Writing and Printing for the Blind” booklets by the Fifth Biennial Report of the Uniform Type Committee of the AAWB, 3 copies with additional embossed text, 1915 

B3:F2: Square hand alphabet sheets, 3 embossed copies, n. d. 

B3:F3: Embossed Roman alphabet, 4 embossed copies, n. d. 

B3:F4: New York Point and Multi-lingual braille comparison, 5 non-embossed copies, n. d. 

B3:F5: “The Uniform Type Question” by W.M.B. Wait in New York Point, an embossed book, 1913

Series 4: Oversized Braille Printing Samples and Research Materials 

This series contains oversized writing samples in braille. Braille was undergoing revisions during the 19th century; various groups were suggesting modifications to make it more efficient, therefore there are folders with different types (or grades) of braille. In addition to alphabets and educational materials there are also some books in braille. The majority of these materials are in English but, there is one folder that contains materials in Dutch. It should be noted that this collection deals mostly with embossed text, however, this box also contains embossed maps. One of the maps is from Sao Paulo, Brazil; the origin of the other is unknown.

B4:F1: Braille related to Christmas: “Keeping Christmas” by Henry Van Dyke, 8 copies, 1924. “A Sheaf of Christmas Carols” by Edward E. Allen, an embossed booklet, n. d.

B4:F2: “A Consideration of the Comparative Methods of Revised Braille and English Braille,” non-embossed article, 18 copies, n. d.

B4:F3: Braille chart with embossed graphic of hand in Dutch, 3 embossed pages, n. d.

B4:F4: “The Luck of Roaring Camp” by Bret Harte, an embossed booklet, 1928

B4:F5: Revised braille grade one, 2 embossed pages, 1917

B4:F6: Revised braille grade one and a half, embossed pages and booklets and non-embossed educational materials, 22 items with some duplicates, 1917, 1918, 1923

B4:F7: Grade two braille, 24 items with some duplicates, n. d.

B4:F8: Embossed maps with braille labeling, 2 maps, n. d.

B4:F9: Braille accompanied by Boston Line Type, 7 embossed pages, n. d.

B4:F10: American Braille, 5 items with some duplicates, circa as early as 1918

B4:F11: “Elson Grammar School Reader Book One,” n. d. “Brockway Primer,” n. d. “Aldine Reader” (First, Second and Third), 5 embossed booklets, n. d.

B4:F12: Miscellaneous Braille

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind—History
Blind--Books and reading