Perkins Archives Blog

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.
Group portrait of campers and some of the staff, circa 1932.
August 19, 2020
Camp Allen, located on a small lake in New Hampshire, offered a summer full of activities and friends for girls who were blind or visually impaired.
Collections on shelving in the Perkins Archives
July 16, 2020
The Black Lives Matter movement has been the impetus for education, reflection, and identification of steps the Perkins Archives can start taking.
Books written by Clarence Hawkes shelved on a wood shelf
June 18, 2020
Clarence Hawkes graduated from Perkins and went on to become, according to Helen Keller, "one of the best known nature writers" in the country.
Portrait of Ken Stuckey in 1968
May 12, 2020
The legacy of Perkins Research Librarian Ken, Stuckey.