Grant awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities

Grant Awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities

Portrait of Laura Bridgman seated reading a large volume of embossed type. Circa 1860

We are honored to have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to arrange, describe, and create access to our 19th century collections.  This 3-year grant will enable us to process some of our most valuable materials and we look forward to making them more widely available.  The project began on July 1, 2012 and is funded through June 30, 2015.

The collections that will be processed as part of this project are:

1. Perkins correspondence collection, incoming and outgoing, 1828-1933

2. Papers of Samuel Gridley Howe (first director of Perkins), 1831-1876

3. Papers of Michael Anagnos (second director of Perkins), 1876-1906

4. Julia Ward Howe collection, 1845-1992

5. Perkins Kindergarten for the Blind collection

6. Laura Bridgman collection, 1829-2012

7. Teachers’ journals of Perkins’ Deafblind students, Including Laura Bridgman, 1841- 1849

8. Institutional records

9. Helen Keller and Arthur Gilman collection, 1887-1904

Kevin holds a brailler while a group of people around him take a look, including Shirley Temple.

Remembering former Perkins Director Kevin Lessard

Five boys sit at a wooden table each occupied in reading or writing with embossed books, braillers, slate and stylus, and an activity board.

National History Day 2024 in the Perkins Archives

Excerpt of handwritten committee report

Admitting Black students at Perkins in the 1830s