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Charles Perry and Dr. Harold J. Bennett Helen Keller collection

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Charles Perry and Dr. Harold J. Bennett

Date Range:

1903-1984, bulk 1903-1918

Call Number:



This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs donated by Charles Perry and Dr. Harold J. Bennett in the 1980s. Correspondence is between John Macy, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller, and Perry’s uncle, Sumner Farrington. Photographs include portraits of Sullivan, Keller, and Willie Elizabeth Robin.


.25 linear feet, 1 document case



Processed by:

Susanna Coit, 2018

Processing Note:

This collection was previously arranged and put in folders. The collection was re-processed, including revision of the arrangement, when the finding aid was created in 2018. Original order was undetermined at time of re-processing.

Biographical/Historical notes:

Charles Perry’s uncle, Sumner Farrington, donated correspondence and newspaper clippings to the Perkins School in the 1980s. Farrington was a friend of Anne Sullivan Macy’s husband, John Albert Macy and corresponded with him about Sullivan and Helen Keller.

Dr. Harold J. Bennett donated photographs to Perkins School. These photographs include portraits of Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, and Willie Elizabeth Robin. Robin was a Perkins student who was deafblind. She studied at Perkins when Sullivan and Keller were also at the school.



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Credit line/Citation:

AG23 Charles Perry and Dr. Harold J. Bennett Helen Keller Collection. Perkins School for the Blind Archives, Watertown, MA.


This collection includes correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings donated by Charles E. Perry (nephew of Sumner Farrington) and Dr. Robert J. Bennett. Correspondence includes letters from John Macy, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller, and Edward E. Hale. Newspaper clippings include an article about Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller from 1936 and a memorial that was dedicated in 1980. Photographs are black and white and are of Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, and Willie Elizabeth Robin (a deafblind student at Perkins).


B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1

2 Series, 1 box arranged chronologically

  • Series 1: Charles Perry
  • Series 2: Dr. Harold J. Bennett

This collection is arranged in two series. The contents of each series are arranged by document type and chronologically when possible.

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Container List:

Box: 1 Series 1:

  • B1:F1: Index to Keller memorabilia from Charles E. Perry, 1980 (Note: Some of the items on this index are not in this box.)
  • B1:F2: Newspaper clippings (Perry)
  • B1:F3: Keller Sullivan newspaper clipping, 1936 (Perry)
  • B1:F4: Anne Sullivan to Mr. Farrington, undated (Perry)
  • B1:F5: John Macy to Mr. Farrington, 1904, 1911, 1913 (Perry)
  • B1:F8: Helen Keller to Mr. Farrington, 1918, undated (Perry)
  • B1:F9: Edward E. Hale to Helen Keller, 1903 (Perry)
  • B1:F10: Keller photograph (fragile) (Perry)

Series 2:

  • B1:F11: Bennett donation index (Note: Some of the items on this index are not in this box.)
  • B1:F12: Photographs (Bennett)
  • B1:F12: Dr. Harold J. Bennett donation envelope (Bennett)


Material from Charles Perry donated in 1980, 1981, and 1984. Material from Dr. Harold J. Bennett donated in 1980.

Subject headings:

  • Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
  • Macy, John Albert, 1877-1932
  • Sullivan, Anne, 1866-1936

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