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Roy Cloukia photographs and postcards

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Roy Cloukia, collector

Date Range:

Circa 1902-1914

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Primarily photographs and photo postcards collected by Perkins alumnus Roy Joseph Cloukia documenting his friendships during and shortly after his graduation in 1913. The bulk of the collection consists of photographic postcards of people, including a studio portrait of the Howe Memorial Club. The collection documents the South Boston campus, social life of Cloukia, and graduation from Perkins. Cloukia’s diploma is also part of this collection.


1.5 linear feet. 1 box.



Processed by:

Jen Hale, 2023

Biographical/Historical note:

Roy Joseph Cloukia (1893-1987) was a student at Perkins from 1902-1913. Originally from Vermont he came to Perkins at the age of nine and graduated in 1913 from the Perkins Watertown campus, the first graduating class at this location. While attending Perkins, Cloukia was involved in many extra curricular activities including theater, athletics, and the Howe Memorial Club. The Club was founded in 1901 to create loan funds for recent Perkins graduates who wish to start a business. Funds were raised through music and theater performances. Cloukia’s theater performances for the Howe memorial club include a 1912 production of Twelfth Night. He was also a highly decorated track and field athlete who competed for Perkins in events put on by the National Association of Blind Schools. Cloukia married Lillian May Carr (1904-1969) in 1919 with whom he had ten children. A wrong spelling of his Cloukia’s name in Perkins collections sometimes appears as Clukia.

Sources of information:

Blind Athletes Break Records.” The Boston Herald, 24,May 1910, p. 39. Perkins Institution Scrapbook of Clippings November 1909–June 1911, available on the Internet Archive.

Graduates of the Class of 1913.” Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind Eighty-Second Annual Report of the Trustees 1913, p. 56. Available on the Internet Archive.

Production of Perkins Institute.” The Tribune Enterprise, 28,February 1913, p. 107. Perkins Institution Scrapbook of Clippings June 1911–November 1913, available on the Internet Archive.


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Credit line/Citation:

AG277 Roy Cloukia photographs and postcards. Perkins School for the Blind Archives, Watertown, MA.

Scope and contents:

The bulk of the collection documents Perkins Alum  Roy Cloukia as a young man. It  contains 10 photographic prints, 13 picture postcards, and the diploma of Roy Cloukia from Perkins School for the Blind. The postcards are photographs of Cloukia and his friends.


B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1

This collection is arranged in three series by format. The contents of each series are arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Photographic prints, 1902-1913

Series 2: Postcards, circa 1904-1912

Series 3: Perkins Diploma, 1913

Container list: 

Series 1: Photographic prints, circa 1902-1913

  • B1:F1: Nine group portrait photographic prints, circa 1902-1913
  • B1:F2: One group portrait of the Howe Memorial Club, circa 1902-1913

Series 2: Postcards, circa 1904-1912

  • B1:F3: Two group portraits real photo postcards, circa 1904-1912
  • B1:F4: Seven individual portraits real photo postcards, circa 1907-1914
  • B1:F5: One Cosmopolitan Concert Trio promotional postcard, 1909

Series 3: Perkins Diploma, 1913

Box 1: Roy Cloukia Perkins diploma, 1913 

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This collection was saved and preserved by his loving daughter Ethel Cloukia. The collection was donated to the Perkins Archives by his granddaughter in 2023.

Subject headings:

  • Alumni and alumnae.
  • Perkins School for the Blind.
  • Perkins School for the Blind–History.

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