Overview of Collections

The Perkins Archives include collections related to the history of the education of the blind and deafblind, institutional archives, and correspondence of significant figures in the school's history, such as Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan, and Samuel Gridley Howe.  The collections are in a variety of formats, including original manuscripts, ledgers, scrapbooks, clippings notebooks, photographs, postcards, paintings and prints, reel-to-reel audio and film recordings, and museum objects including reading and writing apparatus and appliances. 

Browse Collections

Finding Aids»
Detailed collection descriptions and resources for researchers.

Online exhibits of archival materials on Flickr. 

Digital Commonwealth»
Digitized historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts.

Publications and other material on the Internet Archive. 

Annual Reports»
Best place to begin a search! Full text online, 1833-2000.

The Lantern»
Issues of the school newsletter, 1931-2002.

Oral Histories»
Listen to audio files online. Stories recorded 2004-2008.

Perkins History Audio Recordings»

Other Resources