Centennial Literature Collection

Samuel P. Hayes Research Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472


Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind

Date Range: 
1882-1934, bulk 1932-1934
Call number: 

The Centennial Literature collection consists of planning materials, correspondence, and publicity materials pertaining to the 1932 centennial celebration of Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind, now known as Perkins School for the Blind. Documents in this collection are predominantly written to or from Gabriel Farrell, fourth Director of the Perkins Institution from 1931-1951.

2 document boxes (1 linear foot)
Processed by: 

Brittnee Worthy, 2018

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Chartered in 1829 and opened in 1832, Perkins School for the Blind celebrated the centennial anniversary of its opening on November 9th and 10th in 1932. During this two day event, Perkins hosted reunions, guest speakers, demonstrations, and memorial exercises to commemorate the centenary of the institution’s opening.

Sources of information: 

Gabriel Farrell Collection, Perkins School for the Blind

Credit line/Citation: 
Centennial Literature Collection, Perkins School for the Blind

The Centennial Literature collection documents the planning and proceedings of the 1932 centennial celebration of Perkins School for the Blind. It contains predominantly correspondence to and from Perkins Director, Gabriel Farrell, as well as planning materials, publications, and programs pertaining to the centennial event. The bulk of the collection is from 1932 through 1934 - before and after the centenary. The collection also includes materials from the semi-centennial event in 1882, a 1901 program from the anniversary of Samuel Gridley Howe’s birth, and correspondence with the New York Institute from 1931.


Arranged alphabetically according to original order.

Container List: 


B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1

Box 1: Centennial Literature, A - Pri

B1:F1: Assignments to faculty, 1932

B1:F2: Booklets, 1932

B1:F3: Centennial, 1932

B1:F4: Congratulations, 1932

B1:F5: Contact list, 1932

B1:F6: Correspondence - misc., 1932-1933

B1:F7: Elliott, Mrs. Maude Howe

Richards, Mrs. Henry, 1931-1932

B1:F8: Families of founders, circa 1932

B1:F9: Form letters, 1932

B1:F10: Governor’s speech G.F., 1932

B1:F11: Greetings, 1932

B1:F12: Hopkins, E.M., 1932

B1:F13: Minutes, 1932

B1:F14: New York Institute, 1931

B1:F15: Printing estimates, 1932

Box 2: Centennial literature, Pro - W

B2:F1: Proceedings/acknowledgments, 1933-1934

B2:F2: Program, 1932

B2:F3: Publications, 1932

B2:F4: Publicity - centennial, 1932

B2:F5: Semi-centennial, 1882, 1901

B2:F6: Speakers, 1932

B2:F7: Special guests, 1932

B2:F8: Symphony Hall, 1932

B2:F9: Tickets, 1932

B2:F10: Wright, George R., 1932

Perkins School for the Blind
Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

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