Perkins Archives Blog

Edith Thomas (standing) and Elizabeth Robin (seated) in front of ivy covered wall communicating via the manual alphabet.
June 16, 2021
When Elizbeth Robin arrived at the Perkins Kindergarten she quickly befriended fellow student Edith Thomas. Thus began a lifelong friendship.
Seated portrait of Cornelia C. Roeske (1864-1895) outside reading an embossed book. She is wearing a dark dress with light trim.
May 17, 2021
A guest post about Cornelia C. Roeske, a graduate of Perkins who became an accomplished musician, teacher, and composer.
Studio portrait of Michael Anagnos seated with Helen Keller. Keller stands at his left with her arm around his shoulder.
April 29, 2021
The story of accusations of plagiarism and fraud surrounding a short story written by Helen Keller.
1885 Kindergarten classroom scene.
March 8, 2021
Anne Emilie Poulsson is remembered as a well-known American children’s author who championed early childhood education and the kindergarten movement.
Studio portrait of Helen Keller with Mr. Arthur Gilman. Keller is seated and Gilman stands. He is fingerspelling into her hand
February 19, 2021
Recent social media rumors aren't the first time that Helen Keller's accomplishments were doubted.
Maps Project staff
January 13, 2021
From 1935-1938 the Howe Press ran two Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects during the Great Depression.
4 Kindergarten girls, standing in a line and holding their hands in fists, one above the other, play the "wheelwright game".
December 16, 2020
With his memory of wishing he had "ten cents in his pocket" while studying at Perkins, Stephen Blaisdell left his fortune to Perkins students.
Title page with dedication to the king of France.
November 23, 2020
Printed in 1786, Essai Sur L'Education des Aveugles, by Valentin Haüy is the first embossed book printed for use by people who are blind.
Portrait of girl standing outside wearing short sleeve shirt with a scarf.
October 22, 2020
Kyriakie Nicolaou, a student from Greece in the 1930s, made it clear that she "was just an ordinary girl," but her story was not.
Instructor and students in Vienna
September 16, 2020
Alexander Mell and the Imperial Royal Institute for the Education of the Blind in Vienna's unique friendship and collaboration with Perkins.