Dan Burns Collection Finding Aid

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


Daniel J. Burns

Date Range: 
1840-2000, bulk 1888-1958
Call number: 

Collection of the former supervisor of Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind, from 1950s-1960s. Contains photographs, clippings, publications, and other materials related to deafblindness and Perkins history, including a folder of Laura Bridgman signatures.

1.5 linear feet
Processed by: 

Molly Stothert-Maurer, 2015

Credit line/Citation: 
Dan Burns Collection, Perkins School for the Blind

2 Series, 2 boxes
Series 1: Documents
Series 2: Photographs

Container List: 

Series 1: Documents

Box 1

Folder 1: Laura Bridgman signatures, 12 total, undated

Folder 2: Prints, photographs from publications, undated

Folder 3: Pamphlets, 1949, 1966, undated

Folder 4: Newspaper clippings, 1956-2000, undated

Folder 5: Talking disk for deafblind, in braille and Moon type, undated

Folder 6: The Deaf-Blind at Perkins Institution, bound reproduction of a scrapbook, ca. 1935

Folder 7: Publications, 1897, 1939, 1961

Folder 8: Publications, 1956-1961

Folder 9: Mailing label, law firm (accession), 2002

Series 2: Photographs, 1888-1958 (Box 54- stored with AG129 Photographs in Archives)

Box 54: Archival Photo binder:


Laura Bridgman and Oliver Caswell (reproduction of Alvan Fisher painting ca. 1844), undated

Michael Anagnos, undated

Sarah Wight, teacher of Laura Bridgman, later Mrs. Edward  Pearson Bond, undated

Col. Thomas Handasyd Perkins, reproduction of painting by Gilbert Stewart ca. 1827, undated

M. Trencheri, first teacher at Perkins, undated

Francois Le Sueur, print, undated

Helen Keller with Willie Elizabeth Robin, Tommy Stringer, Edith Thomson, undated

Helen Keller and Michael Anagnos, undated

Helen Keller, studio portrait Sheffield, AL, ca. 1888, 

Tommy Stringer, 2 portraits, undated

Willie Elizabeth Robin, 8 portraits, undated

Tommy Stringer, Edith Thomas, Willie Elizabeth Robin, Marion Rastron, Cora Crocker, undated

Anagnos bust by Bela Lyon Pratt (2, clay and bronze sculpture), ca. 1916 

Dorothy Ingersoll, class in massage (with model skeleton), 1935 or 1936

Laura Bridgman home in New Hampshire, undated

Perkins campus postcard, undated

Laura Bridgman tombstone, undated

Campus, Fairchild Aerial Survey Inc., undated

Pond and Howe Tower with lily pads in foreground, undated

Model of Perkins grounds, 1939

Still from “The Key”, movie about Laura Bridgman’s education, 1957

Various campus and building photographs, some in winter, undated

Stained glass from chapel in Howe Building, undated

Edward J. Waterhouse portrait, by Ted Polumbaum, undated

Unknown student portrait, Ted Polumbaum, 1955

Laura Bridgman centennial celebration, at homestead with Leonard Dowdy, 1937

Class: Virginia Eilerhorst, Len Johnson, Dan Burns, Joe Weil, undated

Staff portrait including Dan Burns and Edward J. Waterhouse, 1958

Edward J. Waterhouse with Patty Duke (probably), and 2 unknown men, undated

Perkins Library, 1932

Dan Burns, Gertrude Steinquist, and unknown teacher and student in classroom, undated

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History

Deafblind people--Education

Keller, Helen, 1880-1968

Bridgman, Laura Dewey, 1829-1889

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