Perkins Archives Blog

Female students playing on a playground in 1908
June 18, 2019
Play had an important role in a Perkins education since it's inception.
Smiling elderly woman seated in a chair with her arm resting on one of the arm rests. She is wearing a cardigan sweater.
May 10, 2019
Mary Grace Knap Burtt was a Perkins student and teacher, but she also opened a school of her own in China for girls who were blind.
A woman with visual impairment explores the Touch this Page exhibition.
April 17, 2019
Almost three years ago the Perkins Archives was approached with an idea of using 3-D printing technology to create an exhibit.
Helen Keller and Polly Thomson engaged in conversation via tactile fingerspelling while seated in Adirondack chairs on the grass
March 14, 2019
Polly Thomson spent 46 years as Helen Keller's companion and interpreter but is relatively unknown. Who was she? And how did she get the job?
Group of female students work on knitting. There are three girls seated and two of them are knitting. Six girls are standing.
February 25, 2019
A guest blog post about how Perkins students contributed to the World War II relief efforts.
Black and white photo of a woman holding a young girl's hand over the side of her mouth so that she can feel the movement as she speaks
February 7, 2019
Filmmaker Robert M. Campbell's award-winning films shared the stories of Perkins students, staff, and alumni as part of a 1960s public education effort.
Six black binders lined up on a shelf, each labeled with a white piece of paper
January 8, 2019
When Perkins built a Fallout Shelter on campus in 1961, planning involved more than just the structure itself.
portrait of “Willie” Elizabeth Robin, circa 1895
December 12, 2018
An 1885 newspaper article about how “Willie” Elizabeth Robin, celebrated Christmas in 1885 helped educate the public about deafblindness.
Perkins tower in the background with pear trees and horse drawn carriages in the foreground.
November 6, 2018
Perkins director Edward E. Allen was a firm believer in the benefits of "simple beauty" for schools for the blind and made sure that the new campus in Watertown fulfilled this belief.
Primary Boys wearing Halloween masks which they themselves, 1925
October 16, 2018
Accounts of Halloween celebrations and activities in 1925.