Helen Keller Clippings and Poster Collection Finding Aid

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

Creator: 

Perkins School for the Blind

Date Range: 
circa 1880-2005, bulk date range 1930-1969
Call number: 
AG39
Extent: 
5 linear feet
Language: 
English, some Dutch, German, Swedish
Processed by: 

This collection was processed thanks to a Roving Archivist grant provided by the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). Collection organized by Rachel Onuf (Roving Archivist), Jen Hale, and Molly Stothert-Maurer. Finding aid written by Jen Hale, 2015.

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Helen Keller (1880-1968) is still regarded as one of the most powerful and well-known advocates for people who are blind and deafblind. She was a prolific writer, publishing 14 books and numerous articles.  She traveled across the globe, tirelessly advocating for important social issues, such as women’s suffrage and rights for people who are blind or deafblind. She received numerous awards throughout her life for her humanitarian efforts.

Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Helen Keller Clippings and Poster Collection, Perkins School for the Blind
Scope/Contents: 

Collection primarily contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles that span her public life and her legacy after death. There are a handful of pamphlets and newsletters included as well. Most clippings highlight the achievements of Helen Keller. A large part of the collection includes clippings related to various productions of the Miracle Worker, including theatrical, film, and television adaptations that span the 1950s through the 1970s. There are also many clippings and articles authored by Keller, including a few she wrote as an adolescent. Topics found in this collection include the 1892 plagiarism controversy over The Frost King, clippings reporting on Keller’s travels and advocacy, the 1919 production of the documentary film, Deliverance, and extensive coverage of her death in 1968.

Arrangement: 

15 Boxes, 3 Series
Series 1: Clippings authored by Helen Keller
Series 2: Clippings about Helen Keller, circa 1880-1999
Subseries 1: Clippings organized by year
Subseries 2: Unarranged clippings
Series 3: Helen Keller Posters and Broadsides, circa 1950-1990

Container List: 

Series 1: Clippings authored by Helen Keller, circa 1880-1968
Clippings with some text or completely authored by Helen Keller. Arranged chronologically.

Box 1: Clippings authored by HK, 1899-1958
Box 2: The Century article by HK, 1905
Box 3: Clippings authored by HK, 1894
Box 4:  Clippings authored by H.K, 1892-1953

Series 2: Clippings about Helen Keller, 1880-1990
Clippings about Helen Keller. Arranged chronologically except for subseries 2, box 14 which is arranged by size.

Subseries 1: Clippings arranged by year
Box 5: Clippings about HK, 1888-1929
Box 6: Clippings about HK, 1930-1999
Box 7: Clippings about HK, 1893-1899
Box 8: Clippings about HK, 1900-1919
Box 9: Clippings about HK, 1900-1956
Box 10: Clippings about HK, 1930-1949
Box 11: Clippings about HK, 1950-1959
Box 12: Clippings about HK, 1980-1999
Box 13: Clippings about HK, 1900-1989

Subseries 2: Unarranged clippings, circa 1880-1999
Box 14: Unarranged clippings, circa 1880-1999

Series 3: Helen Keller Posters and Broadsides, circa 1950-2005
Posters that feature Helen Keller or her legacy. Includes Helen Keller Centennial, and 75th Anniversary posters. There are several posters from different productions of The Miracle Worker.
Arranged by size.

Box 15: Helen Keller Posters and Broadsides, circa 1950-2005

Subject Headings: 

Keller, Helen, 1880-1968.
Sullivan, Annie, 1866-1936.
Perkins School for the Blind.
Perkins School for the Blind--History.
Deafblind people--Education--United States--History--19th century.
Women teachers--United States--Correspondence.
Boston (Mass.)--History--19th century.
Tuscumbia (Ala.)--History.
Perkins School for the Blind—History.