Perkins Archives Blog

Thomas Handasyd Perkins, circa 1850. Seated profile portrait in black and white. Image courtesy of the NEDCC
October 31, 2014
Rare portrait of Colonel Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764-1854), was recently uncovered in the Perkins Archives.
Handwritten letter in both English and braille.
October 24, 2014
An intriguing group of letters began to shed light on a 19th century deafblind personality who, much like Bridgman, was widely celebrated in his day.
Illustration of a building
October 24, 2014
In 1856, Perkins was open to the public once a month and demand was such that visitors needed to get a ticket in advance in order to prevent a crowd.
Handwritten receipt on illustrated letterhead, 1860.
September 12, 2014
Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe's receipt for good/services purchased from D. P. Butler, Practical Phrenologist, Bookseller, and Publisher, 1860.
Teacher working with her students in the geography classroom of the Perkins Kindergarten for the Blind, circa 1893.
August 20, 2014
Teaching methodology: curriculum related collections on geography, reading and writing,physical education, manual arts and vocational training.
Benjamin F. Smith and Edward J. Waterhouse Correspondence Files from 1961-1976.
June 18, 2014
Perkins' Directors' files that date from 1950 to 2000.
screenshot of the opening title sequence for "Light For All"
May 2, 2014
8 Perkins movies, 1923-1985, now available for your viewing pleasure.
An opened old braille book.
April 25, 2014
Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), on April 25, 2014, Rochester, NY.
A sample of Oliver Caswell's handwriting (1844).
March 19, 2014
Two excerpts from Oliver Caswell's journal written March, 1844 in square hand when he was a teenager.
Handwritten document of the petition
March 12, 2014
Petition signed by 65 individuals to end the practice of cold water bathing at the Perkins Institution on a compulsory basis.

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