Perkins Archives Blog

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.
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.
Entrance hall with oval rotunda and large globe at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind in South Bosto
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
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.