About the Perkins Archives

Postcard of the Howe Building.

Postcard with view of the Main Building on the Perkins Institution campus in Watertown, Mass. with the Howe Tower at center, circa 1914.

The Archives support the mission of Perkins and the Research Library by making the unique material in its collection available to the public, enhancing and expanding the information in the Research Library by preserving its historical foundation. It is used by many researchers interested in the origins of this field of education, the School, and the innovators who created and contributed to them.

Visiting the Perkins Archives

All visits to the Research Library and Archives or to use archival materials should be arranged in advance. Please fill out a Research Application in advance and the Research Library and Archives staff will follow up to arrange your visit. Many items are available digitally through this website, or you may wish to read more about visiting and using our resources and access to archival materials.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the Research Librarian at 617-972-7250 or at HayesLibrary@Perkins.org.

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The Samuel P. Hayes Research Library

The Samuel P. Hayes Research Library, founded in 1880, is a resource for researchers, the Perkins community, professionals, parents and the public. The Library offers the largest and most comprehensive collection on the nonmedical aspects of blindness and deafblindness that is available to the public. Explore the library’s card catalog of more than 40,000 books, pamphlets, journal articles, newspaper clippings, dissertations, conference reports, multimedia materials, and websites.

The materials do not circulate, but visitors are welcome to make appointments to conduct research at the library. 

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