Perkins Archives Blog

Fenway Court. Music room, looking toward stage, Thomas E. Marr & Son (photographer). Image source: Boston Public Library.
June 3, 2015
One hundred students of Perkins Institute invited to sing in the Famous Music Room at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum.
Open book with black and white photograph of three models of human anatomy.
April 17, 2015
A clear copy of the images transferred to the opposite page of the book through a damaging process called acid migration or acid transfer.
Sequence of photographs of Leonard Dowdy and Warner Stenquist with wax pencil marks indicating selection and enlargement decisions.
February 27, 2015
The photograph collection that highlight tools and tricks seldom used in the digital age.
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.
Carte de visit of Heady Morrison
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.