Table set up for researching correspondence, featuring a letter and manuscript boxes.


Conducting research

The Perkins Archives stewards a substantial collection of materials that document three main areas.

  • The history of the Perkins School for the Blind.
  • The history of education for students who are blind and deafblind.
  • The gradual inclusion of people with visual impairments into mainstream society.

The finding aids linked to on this page serve as guides to the collections. Digitized items from our collections can be found on the Internet Archive, Flickr, and Digitial Commonwealth websites. Researchers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Please get in touch for more information or help getting started.

List of finding aids

This list includes processed and unprocessed collections, in alphabetical order with links to finding aids. If there is a corresponding digital collection that will also be listed. Digital collections go to Flickr or the Internet Archive websites. For more information about the accessibility of text resources in the Perkins Archives visit digitized text collections. Access to unprocessed collections is allowed. Browse this list or use the finding aid search tool.

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Kindergarten students playing a game in a circle formation in 1893.

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