Perkins Archives Blog

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.
Entrance hall with oval rotunda and large globe at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind in South Boston.
September 10, 2018
Who designed and created the famous Perkins globe?
Portrait Photograph of Miss Jennie M. Colby
August 6, 2018
A profile of Jennie Colby, student, volunteer, founding member of the Alumni Association, and pioneer in therapeutic gymnastics and massage treatment.
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan sitting on a low branch of a tree with Helen's dog, Phiz at their feet. Helen has her fingers on Annie's mouth. At the Wrentham house following Radcliffe College.
July 17, 2018
Joseph Edgar Chamberlin's great-great granddaughter writes about how Helen Keller spent her days at Red Farm, the Chamberlins' home.
The covers of two books written by Polly Moor
June 8, 2018
Before she was known as the national expert on preschool education for children who are blind, Polly Moor worked with the Summer Institute at Perkins.
Group photograph exemplifying masking technique
May 1, 2018
Before the existence of digital photo editing tools, analog enhancements were made to prepare photographs for use in publications.
Young Helen Keller, reading
April 4, 2018
A guest blog post featuring J.E. Chamberlin's recollections of Helen Keller's love of reading, written by Chamberlin's great-great granddaughter.
Student enrollment list from 1832.
January 23, 2018
Despite incorporating in 1829, Perkins did not officially open its doors to students until 1832. What took so long?
Black and white portraits of two women and J.E. Chamberlin on top of a typewritten letter signed by Helen Keller
January 8, 2018
A guest blog post about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan's close friendship with Joseph Edgar Chamberlin, written by his great-great granddaughter.

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