Perkins Archives Blog

A film still of Deafblind Circus.
September 20, 2019
The Deafblind Circus, put on by students and staff in the Deaflbind Program at Perkins, was filmed and is now part of Perkins Film Collection.
woman sitting on a rock, holding a brimmed hat in her hands
August 9, 2019
In her letters to Helen Keller during the summer of 1959, Nella Braddy Henney included updates about a particularly persistent raccoon family.
Collage of images from the Archives Instagram posts
July 25, 2019
What have been our most popular posts?
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 sitting in a chair, resting her right arm on a table
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.
Robert M. Campbell seated behind the camera next to a young deafblind student "assist"
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.