A page of a journal kept by Laura Bridgman in 1843
A page of a journal kept by Laura Bridgman in 1843 written in square hand. The letter is dated the eighteenth day of May and documents many of her letter correspondents.


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The digitized journals and other writings of Laura Bridgman, which are handwritten, have been made available on the Internet Archive, which utilizes optical character recognition (OCR) and downloadable file formats, including Daisy, to provide access to users who are blind and visually impaired. We acknowledge that OCR is prone to errors, and cannot recognize graphics or handwritten text, thus creating barriers to these materials. It is our intention that by providing the materials as is, the resource is findable online to all. If any of Perkins Archives resources accessed online aren’t accessible in part or in whole, to a user because of a disability, we will create an accessible version upon request. 

Laura Bridgman’s Journals on the Internet Archive

Links to journals and other writings, which are organized grouped into “journals” or “dictated stories” and listed dates from earliest to latest. There are 45 volumes total spanning 1841-1856. For more information about the collection please visit the Laura Bridgman Collection finding aid. Teacher’s journals about Bridgman can be accessed on Perkins.org.


Dictated Stories and Other Writings

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1845 illustration of Laura Bridgman signing into her hand.
This Illustration of Laura Bridgman, published in 1845, shows her sitting at a desk signing into her hand. A man is seated across from her, likely Samuel Gridley Howe.

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