Sullivan/Keller/Anagnos Correspondence Collection (Access copies and surrogates) Finding Aid

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

Creator: 

Anne Sullivan, Michael Anagnos, Helen Keller, Kate Keller, Captain Arthur Keller and others

Date Range: 
1886-1933, bulk 1886-1896
Call number: 
AG19
Abstract: 

This collection is comprised of access copies (binders), photocopies, digital files on CD, and microfilm of letters written between 1886 and 1933 related to the education of Helen Keller.  Includes correspondence between Michael Anagnos, the  Director of Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind (now Perkins School for the Blind) in Boston, Anne Sullivan, and Helen Keller's parents, Capt. A.H. and Kate Keller, as well as with Helen Keller herself.  A large part of the correspondence is between Anagnos and Anne Sullivan, a graduate of Perkins, who was sent to Tuscumbia, Alabama to work with Helen. 

The letters feature detailed descriptions of Helen's education, documenting both her rapid progress and some of the challenges that she and her teacher faced.

The collection contains copies of letters from the Perkins collection, the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, the Hadley School for the Blind in Illinois, and other foundations and private collections.

Extent: 
1.5 linear feet
Language: 
English
Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Sullivan/Keller/Anagnos Correspondence Collection (Access copies and surrogates), Perkins School for the Blind.
Scope/Contents: 

4 Boxes, 2 Series.
Series 1: Access Copies (Binders)
Series 2: Photocopies and CDs with digital files

Container List: 

Series 1: Access Copies (binders): 
Printouts of collections posted online by the Perkins School for the Blind on Flickr in 2012. Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/perkinsarchive/collections/72157629303816171/

Box 1: American Antiquarian Society Collection: Access copies of Anne Sullivan’s correspondence with Michael Anagnos, 1887-1896. Originals at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. Color prints of digitized handwritten letters with corresponding typed transcriptions interleaved following each letter.

Contents:

1887
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, October 1887 (4 pages)

1888
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, January 13, 1888 (7 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, April 2, 1888 (7 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, April 20, 1888 (10 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, April 22, 1888 (6 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, May 15, 1888 (3 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, November 7, 1888 (9 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, November 18, 1888 (14 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, December 8, 1888 (7 pages)

1889
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, January 8, 1889 (2 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, Jan. 17, 1889 (6 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, February 1, 1889 (8 pages)
Extract from Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, February 19, 1889 (2 pages)
Extract from Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, March 23, 1889 (5 pages)

1890
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, January 20, 1890 (4 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, July 7, 1890 (7 pages)
Letter to Michael Anagnos from Annie von Rabe, October 9, 1890 (3 pages)

1891
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, October 12, 1891 (1 page)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, November 4, 1891 (5 pages)

1892
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, March 6, 1892 (3 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, March 6, 1892 (3 pages)
Letter from Fanny S. Marrett to Michael Anagnos, March 6, 1892 (6 pages)
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, April 28, 1892 (2 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, June 11, 1892 (7 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, June 28, 1892 (7 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to unknown recipient, August 17, 1892 (10 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to unknown recipient, August 18, 1892 (10 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, November 25, 1892 (8 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, December 11, 1892 (6 pages)                                                                                                                                          

1893
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, [January or February, 1893], (3 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, January 23, 1893 (9 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, January 25, 1893 (8 pages)
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, March 16, 1893 (2 pages)
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, November 20, 1893 (4 pages)

1896
Letter from Anne Sullivan to Mrs. Chanler, May 11, 1896 (12 pages)
Fragments with no date
Fragment of letter from Anne Sullivan to unknown recipient, no date (1 page)
Fragment of letter from Anne Sullivan to unknown recipient, no date (1 page)
Fragment of letter from Anne Sullivan to unknown recipient, no date  (1 page)
Fragment of letter from Anne Sullivan to unknown recipient, no date (1 page)
Fragment of letter from Anne Sullivan to unknown recipient, no date (1 page)

Box 2: Perkins’ Collection: Access copies of Sullivan/Keller/Anagnos correspondence, 1886-1895, and Helen Keller’s childhood letters to Michael Anagnos, 1887-1891. Color prints of digitized handwritten letters with corresponding typed transcriptions. Originals located in Perkins bound correspondence volumes and in the Helen Keller Collection.

Contents:

Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, no date

1886
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, August 16, 1886
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, August 26, 1886

1887
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, January 21, 1887
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, January 28, 1887
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, February 2, 1887
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, March 13, 1887 (5 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, May 5, 1887 (10 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, May 23, 1887 (3 pages)
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, June 21, 1887
Letter from Kate Keller to Michael Anagnos, June 25, 1887 (2 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, August 23, 1887 (8 pages)
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, Sept. 1, 1887
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, September 18th, 1887 (3 pages)
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, October 17, 1887 (2 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, Nov. 7, 1887
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, Nov. 16th, 1887 (4 pages)

1888
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, January 15, 1888
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, April 5, 1888
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, May 13, 1888
Letter from Kate Keller to Michael Anagnos, July 24, 1888 (5 pages)

1889
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, March 5, 1889 (3 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, March 26, 1889 (5 pages)
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, March 28, 1889 (2 pages)
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, April 9, 1889
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, April 9, 1889
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, May 12, 1889
Letter from John Bennett to Anne Sullivan, Sept. 17, 1889 (5 pages)
Letter to Capt. Keller from John A. Bennett, Sept. 19, 1889
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Mr. Bennett, Sept. 23, 1889

1890
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, February 23, 1890 (2 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, March 2, 1890 (6 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to John Bennett, May 18, 1890 (3 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Dr. Eliot, June 17, 1890
Letter from Annie Sullivan to the Board of Trustees of Perkins Institution, June 17, 1890
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Capt. Keller, Sept. 18, 1890

1891
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, July 5, 1891 (2 pages)
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, Nov. 14, 1891 (2 pages)
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, Nov. 26, 1891 (2 pages)

1892
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, February 5, 1892 (2 pages)
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, March 28, 1892 (2 pages)

1894
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, February 25, 1894 (3 pages)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, April 23, 1894 (3 pages)
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, April 26, 1894
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, July 30, 1894
Letter from Michael Anagnos to Annie Sullivan, August 3, 1894

1895
Letter to Annie Sullivan from Miss Ella F. Prout, Clerk, Jan. 7, 1895
Fragments with no date
Letter from Capt. A. Keller to Michael Anagnos, no date (fragment)
Letter from Annie Sullivan to Michael Anagnos, no date
Letters from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos:
Helen Keller's First Letter, 1887
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, May 18th, 1889 (6 pages)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos on Nov. 7, 1889 (5 pages)
Letter From Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, June 2, unknown year (1 page)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, no date (1 page)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, February 1, 1890 (3 pages)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, February 2-3, 1890 (5 pages)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, July 4, 1890 (7 pages)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, September 6, 1890 (1 page)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, August 8, 1891 (6 pages)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, September 29, 1891 (4 pages)
Letter from Helen Keller to Michael Anagnos, Nov. 4, 1891 (1 page)

Series 2: Photocopies and CDs with digital files: 
Photocopies and digital files of correspondence from various collections including Perkins, American Antiquarian Society, Hadley School for the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, private collections, and other sources

Box 3: Folder 1: Perkins’ collection photocopies of correspondence between Sullivan/Keller/Anagnos, 1886-1894

Folder 2: Photocopies of Helen Keller letters to Michael Anagnos and others (including Dr. W. Jerusalem (Vienna), J. H. Meijer (Institution for the Blind, Amsterdam), and Mary Mye), from the collection at the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Illinois. Letters were presented to the Hadley School by Mrs. James Beach Beckett. Her husband was manuscript collector and an admirer of Mr. Hadley. Letters purchased at auction, possibly in Boston. 1890s

Folder 3: Photocopies of letters from Helen Keller to various recipients from the Perkins collections, private collections and foundations including the American Foundation for the blind, 1891-1933

Folder 4: Photocopies of the American Antiquarian Society Collection of letters from Anne Sullivan to Michael Anagnos. Includes on letter from John A. Macy to Michael Anagnos concerning the Frost King Incident (1902), Several photocopies of newspaper clippings concerning the re-discovery and cataloging of the letters, 1887-1902, 1977-1978

Box 4: Anne Sullivan and Michael Anagnos correspondence copies from the American Antiquarian Society, 1887-1896. Digital files on 2 CDs (PDF’s), 1 roll of microfilm, 1 CD with digitized files from the microfilm, and a license agreement (2012) between Perkins and the American Antiquarian Society for permission to post letters on www.flickr.com with other correspondence from the Perkins Collection.

Provenance: 
Unknown
Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind--History--Sullivan, Annie, 1866-1936
Anagnostopoulos, Michael, -- 1837-1906
Keller, Helen, -- 1880-1968