War Blind Collection

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

Creator: 

Edward Ellis Allen; Perkins School for the Blind

Date Range: 
1914-1949, bulk 1916-1926
Call number: 
AG63
Abstract: 

Materials related to soldiers blinded or disabled in World War I in the United States, France, and Italy and the organizations, government agencies, and schools involved in their care, education, and vocational training. Correspondence collection of Edward E. Allen between Winifred Holt Mather, founder of Lighthouse International, and individuals in the Veterans Bureau, Red Cross Institution for the Blind, the Lighthouse of France, Committee for Men Blinded in Battle, St. Dunstan’s in London, and American British French and Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund. Includes postcard collections, and publications and clippings in addition to correspondence and other writings.

Extent: 
3 linear feet
Language: 
English; French; Italian
Processed by: 

Molly Stothert-Maurer, 2013

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Edward E. Allen was the second director of the Perkins School for the Blind from 1907-1931. In 1920, working with Harvard College, he created the first training program for teachers of students who were blind. He was an early proponent of Braille and revolutionized the physical education programs for students at Perkins. Allen was previously director at Overbrook in Pennsylvania and supervised major campus construction projects at both Perkins and Overbrook. 

Winifred Holt Mather is the founder of Lighthouse International (previously New York Association for the Blind). She dedicated her life to aiding the blind, especially during World War I. She is the author of “The Light Which Cannot Fail: True Stories of Heroic Blind Men and Women and a Handbook for the Blind and their Friends”, published in 1922. She studied sculpture under Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Among her work is a profile relief portrait of Helen Keller.

Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
War Blind Collection, Perkins School for the Blind
Arrangement: 

Series 1: Winifred Holt Mather Correspondence, 1916-1927

       Subseries 1: Correspondence from Winifred Holt Mather to Edward Ellis Allen, 1916-1927, n. d.  
       
       Subseries 2: Correspondence to Winifred Holt Mather, 1916-1925, n. d.

Series 2: Correspondence from government agencies to Edward E. Allen, and others, 1916-1924 

Series 3 Correspondence from schools and organizations for the blind to Edward E. Allen, 1917-1924

Series 4: Projects, writings, research, 1914-1925

Series 5: Red Cross Institute for the Blind, Baltimore, MD, 1918-1920

Series 6: French War Blind, 1916-1926

Series 7: Clippings and Publications, 1914-1925, 1949

Container List: 

Series 1: Winifred Holt Mather Correspondence

Subseries 1: Correspondence from Winifred Holt Mather to Edward Ellis Allen, 1916-1927, n. d. 
On letterhead from American Committee for Men Blinded in Battle, Committee for Men Blinded in Battle, Comitato Italo-Americano per La Protezione Dei Ciechi E La Prevenzione Della Cecita, Roma, The New York Association for the Blind, Le Phare du France. Some marked “personal”, or “confidential”. Allen is sometimes addressed as “Father Confessor”, and “Brother Confessor”. Some of the letters have an illustration of an elephant which incorporates Holt Mather’s’ initials “W. H. M.”.

B1:F1: Undated, 4 letters
B1:F2: 1916, 1 letter
B1:F3: 1920, 1 letter
B1:F4: 1923, 10 letters
B1:F5: 1924, 12 letters 
B1:F6: 1925, 5 letters 
B1:F7: 1926, 2 letters
B1:F8: 1927, 3 letters

Subseries 2: Correspondence to Winifred Holt Mather, 1916-1925, n. d.
Mostly transcript copies, with a few originals, of correspondence Holt Mather forwarded to Edward E. Allen. 

B1:F9: Osmin Lagarde, Adjudent au 126eme Rgt. D’Infanterie, 1916
Elizabeth Potter (copy), 1919
Warren G. Harding (copy), 1922
Jusserand, Ambassade de France a Washington (copies), 1922, 1923
Louise [dee Sehury Lem], 1923
Edward E. Allen, Perkins School for the Blind, 2 letters (one original one copy), 1923
Calvin Coolidge (copy), 1923
Levi Duranton (copy), 1924
Elihu Root (copy), 1925
Thomas Brady, n. d. 

Series 2: Correspondence from government agencies to Edward E. Allen, 1916-1924 

B1:F10: Military Hospitals Commission: O. H. Buritt, Dr. James J. Dow (copies), Captain Ian 
Fraser, [Libono] Delfino, Salesroom and Exchange for the Blind, Philadelphia (copy), 1916-1918

B1:F11: Council on National Defense: Franklin Martin, Major James Bordley, 1917

B1:F12: United States Veterans Bureau: R. I Rees, E. F. Tandy, 1922, 1924

B1:F13: Federal Board for Vocational Education: Lamkin, Arthur E. Holmes, Joseph E. Vance,
L. S. Hawkins, O. H. Burritt, Charles F. F. Campbell, Harold Molter, David Soloan, Normal College, Truro, Nova Scotia, 1919-1921

B1:F14: Harold Molter: Hospital #7 Baltimore, Federal Board for Vocational Education, Edwin 
L. Gardiner, 1918-1920

B1:F15: War Department Office of Surgeon General, James Bordley: O. H. Burritt, Mrs. F. 
Boylston Pelo, A. B. F. B., George E. Vincent, Rockefeller Foundation, 1918-1920

Series 3 Correspondence from schools and organizations for the blind to Edward E. Allen, 1917-1924

B1:F16: The Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind, Overbrook, Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, O. H. Burritt, 1917-1919

B1:F17: School for the Blind Vienna, Austria: Wilhelm Kreuzer, Dr. Jos. Haringer, A. M. Sleninger, 1918-1920

B1:F18: ABFB, American British French and Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund: Lucy 
Wright, Richard S. Lovering,  L. M. Moral, J. de Malarte, Mrs. R. Valentine Webster, Cora Parsons Kessler, Mrs. F. Boylston Pelo, E. M. House, Mrs. J. P. Frank, 1917

B1:F19: The Committee for Men Blinded in Battle: Virginia M. Cain, E. P. Dutton & Co., Mrs. James Roosevelt, Winifred Holt Mather, Margaret Prosser, 1923-1924

B1:F20: New York Institute for the Blind: Edward M. Van Cleve, 1918-1919

B1:F21: St. Dunstan’s: After-Care Department for Blinded Soldiers & Sailors/ Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Hostel, Ian Fraser, 1918

B1:F22: correspondence, 1917

B1:F23: correspondence, 1918

B1:F24: correspondence, rehabilitation, 1919-1921

B1:F25: correspondence, 1921-1923

Series 4: Projects, writings, research, 1914-1925

B2:F26: Edward E. Allen papers, research, 1917-1923

B2:F27: Statement: Activities and Finance Work, Winifred Holt Mather and Rufus Graves Mather, n. d.

B2:F28: “Statement 2”, excerpt recounting disagreements between persons labeled “A”, “P”, “B”, unsigned, n. d.

B2:F29: Writings, papers, lectures by Winifred Holt Mather, and transcripts of news items, 1920-1925, n. d.

B2:F30: “A Unit for the Education of Blind in Russia”, with 2 photographs, n. d. 

B2:F31: Holt Mather bio written by Allen, 1924 and bio written by Holt Mather, n. d. 

B2:F32: Bibliography WWI, Perkins Library, Library of Congress, and Canadian Free Library for the Blind, 1914-1919

Series 5: Red Cross Institute for the Blind, Baltimore, MD, 1918-1920

B2:F33: Postcards, Charles F. F. Campbell, 1919-1920

B2:F34: Manual of After-care of Disabled Soldiers, Department of Civilian Relief, 1918

B2:F35: Correspondence, to Allen and others from O. H. Burritt, James Boardley, Charles F. F. Campbell, and L. W. Wallace, 1918-1920

Series 6: French War Blind, 1916-1926

B2:F36: Correspondence, 1917-1926

B2:F37: Mailer and speech transcript from Helen Keller, n. d.

B2:F38:  The New England Committee for French Soldiers Blinded in Battle, 1917-1925

B2:F39: American Fund for French Wounded, 1918

B2:F40: The Lighthouse of France, postcards, 1917

B2:F41: The Lighthouse of France, postcards, photographs, pamphlets, mailers, ca. 1916, n. d.

B2:F42: Les Amis des Soldats Aveugles, Maison de Convalescence de Reuilly, Paris, France, circa 1916

Series 7: Clippings and Publications, 1914-1925, 1949

B2:F43-B3:F7: Pamphlet and flyers: Winifred Holt Mather, Committee for Men Blinded in Battle, France, Italy, 1915-1925, 1949 

B3:F8-F9: Publications and clippings, 1914-1916

B3:F10-F13: Publications and clippings, 1917

B3:F14-F16: Publications and clippings, 1918

B3:F17-F20: Publications and clippings, 1919-1920

B3:F21: Publications and clippings, 1921-1925

B3:F22: Publications and clippings, St. Dunstan’s, 1916-1919

B3:F23: Publications and clippings, Evergreen, 1918, 1920

B3:F24: Publications and clippings, The Vocational Summary, Federal Board for Vocational Education, 1918-1920

B3:F25: Publications and clippings, The New Red Cross Magazine, 1918-1919

B3:F26: Publications and clippings, The Red Cross Bulletin, 1919-1921

B3:F27: Publications and clippings, Red Cross, includes annual reports, 1918-1923

B3:F28: Red Cross Institute for the Blind, Abstract-Catalogue of Literatue on the War Blind, 1919, and Toiling Through the Dark, 1919

B3:F29-31: Publication series: Red Cross Institute for the Blind and for Crippled and Disabled Men, 1918  

B3:F32: Monographs: “Recalled to Life. A Journal devoted to the Care, Re-education, and Return to Civil Life of Disabled Sailors and Soldiers”, 1917, and “The American National Red Cross”, 1923

B3:F33-42: Newspaper clippings, 1914-1925

Subject Headings: 

Disabled Veterans.
Allen, Edward E. (Edward Ellis), 1861-1950.
Lighthouse International.
Perkins School for the Blind.
Perkins School for the Blind--History.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans.