Perkins Archives Blog

excerpt from typewritten document
March 23, 2016
Helen Keller's prepared responses to questions from the audience during her Vaudeville performances.
Stack of three old books
March 2, 2016
The Research Library staff was surprised and excited to receive three books printed at Perkins in 1836, 1837, and 1839.
Two people sit at a table surrounded by papers.
February 17, 2016
Important research materials related to the life of Samuel Gridley Howe, Julia Ward Howe and their daughters was gifted to the Perkins School.
Scan of page 2 of a letter from Cora A. Newton, a teacher of Anne Sullivan, to Nella Braddey Henney, dated May 23, 1927.
February 9, 2016
The digitization of the Nella Braddy Henney Collection of Manuscripts is notable for containing extensive Helen Keller correspondence.
Cover of the 1890 Census, Perkins Institution
January 20, 2016
This handwritten ledger contains detailed medical and family records of students at the Perkins School for the Blind.
The childhood home of Laura Bridgman located in Etna, New Hampshire.
January 7, 2016
The childhood home of Laura Bridgman is located in Etna, New Hampshire. Moses Woolcott who built a one room home on the land in 1767.
An envelope address to the student parent in 1949.
December 14, 2015
1949 letter from Perkins' student Janice Charlotte Liscomb to her family in Maine.
Nun reading to Irene Ransburg via the manual alphabet, Odilien Institute, Graz, Austria, circa 1930.
September 23, 2015
Cataloged newspaper clippings about individuals with deafblindness from 1845-1974. They cover local, national, and international people and companies.
Sample braille page.
July 21, 2015
One of the best parts of this project was getting to learn more about Helen Keller through what she read.
Daguerreotype of Laura Bridgman, circa 1845.
June 29, 2015
In 1837, Laura Bridgman (1829 –1889), at almost eight years old, became a student at the Perkins Institution (now Perkins School for the Blind).