Perkins School for the Blind
The collection includes departmental and research notes, reports, and summaries created as part of the work done by the Department of Personnel and Research between 1932 and 1943. Because reports include sensitive information about individual students and include identifiable information, the collection is restricted to protect student privacy.
Susanna Coit, 2019
In the 1932 Annual Report, Perkins School for the Blind announced that the Department of Applied Psychology, speech correction work, and the Department of Experimental Studies would be merged to create the Department of Personnel and Research. Directed by Kathryn E. Maxfield, the department was the first of its kind in any school for the blind. The aim was to coordinate “all the means of dealing with the individual child who needs special attention” (The Lantern, Sept. 1932). This work included psychological testing, corrective work, and monitoring physical and mental health of students. A 1932 article in The Lantern notes that the department “will have available all modern resources for dealing with” children needed their services. The function of the department is explained in the same article: “...to test the mental capabilities, building on all that has been done in the past by this department of psychology; ...to adjust physical or mental maladjustment, extending correcting work of the past; ...to guide into the largest usefulness according to the aptitudes revealed or developed.” In 1939, Dr. Samuel P. Hayes became the director of the Department and continued its work. The Department’s organization varied over the years until it was restructured as a small committee in 1951-1952.
The Lantern, November 25, 1931
The Lantern, September 13, 1932
The Lantern, December 15, 1939
Annual Report, 1932
Annual Report, 1952
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The collection documents the activities of the Department of Personnel and Research at Perkins School for the Blind between its creation in 1932 and 1943. Included in the records are medical and progress reports and notes about individual students, departmental reports, meeting and conference notes, and research reports and summaries. Departmental reports come from Medical, Health, Speech Correction, Physiotherapy, Psychometrist, and the overall Personnel and Research. Reports and notes include sensitive information about students.
B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1
2 Series, 3 boxes arranged chronologically when possible
Series 1: Reports, 1932-1943
Series 2: Research, 1933-1942, undated
B1:F1: Health Monthly Reports, November 1932 - June 1936
B1:F2: First Annual Report of the Department, 1932-1933
B1:F3: Staff Meeting, 1932, 1933
B1:F4: Report on Individual Children, Sept. 1932 - June 1932
B1:F5: Psychometrists Report, 1932, 1933, 1934
B1:F6: Bi-weekly Health Reports, 1932-1933
B1:F7: Department Reports, Sept. 1932 - June 1933
B1:F8: List of students taken to clinics, 1933-1934
B1:F9: Summary of Activities in Speech Correction, 1933-1934
B1:F10: Conference with Director of Personnel, July 1933
B1:F11: Departmental Reports, June 1933-1934
B1:F12: Report of the Field Worker, June 1933
B1:F13: Annual Reports, 1933, 1934
B1:F14: Summary of Pupils Admitted, Sept. - November 1934
B1:F15: Bi-monthly reports - Physiotherapy Dept., 1934-35, 1935-36
B1:F16: Bi-monthly reports - Speech Correction Dept., 1934-35, 1935-36
B2:F1: Memorandum From Farrell to Maxfield, March-July 1934
B2:F2: Weekly Conference with Dr. Farrell, Sept. 1934 - Mar. 1936
B2:F3: Medical Department Monthly Reports, 1934-1936
B2:F4: Physiotherapy Dept. Monthly Reports, 1937-1943
B2:F5: Medical Department Monthly Reports, 1937-1939
B2:F6: Medical Department Monthly Reports, 1940-1943
B2:F7: Personnel Department Monthly Reports, 1941-1942
B2:F8: Monthly Reports on Corrective Speech, 1941-1942
B3:F1: Report on the Speech Survey Made in October, 1933
B3:F2: Report on the Stanford Achievement Test Given in Lower School, 1933
B3:F3: Braille Slate Experiment, 1934
B3:F4: Posture Survey, October 1942
B3:F5: Psychologist’s Report, 1942-1943
B3:F6: Outline for an Ideal Nursery School, undated
B3:F7: Study on Mutilated Dolls Test, undated
B3:F8: Further Study of the Comparison of Weights Test in Year XII in the Hayes-Binet Test, undated
B3:F9: Comment on the CT Taylor + Shepard Arithmetic Slates, undated
B3:F10: Type Slate Experiment, undated
B3:F11: DPR: Report - The Coming Year, undated
B3:F12: “Average Time for Setting Up…” Boston + Taylor examples, undated
B3:F13: Data about upper school students, undated
B3:F14: [Dr. Hendes?], undated
Hayes, Samuel P.
Perkins School for the Blind.
Perkins School for the Blind--History.