Edward E. Allen Collection Finding Aid

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

Creator: 

Edward E. Allen

Date Range: 
1848-1991, bulk 1890-1940
Call number: 
AG1
Abstract: 

Edward E. Allen’s director files from Perkins School for the Blind. The collection contains Allen’s writings and correspondence, as well, personal books, journals, photographs, and other artifacts.

Extent: 
15 linear feet
Language: 
English
Biographical/Historical notes: 

Edward E. Allen (1861-1950), a long-time educator, was born in Massachusetts. He was a Harvard graduate and in 1920 created the first ever professional course to prepare teachers of students who are visually impaired at Harvard. From 1885-1888, Allen taught at the Royal Normal College for the Blind in London. In 1888, he came to Perkins to serve as a teacher and headmaster. Two years later, he moved on to become principal and director of the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia. While there, he designed the layout of the school and oversaw its entire construction. His new design allowed for students to move about freely and independently, termed the “close system.”

Allen returned to Perkins School for the Blind in 1907, serving as Director of the school. Once again, he designed the school to better accommodate people with visual impairments. Allen served as Director of Perkins until his retirement in 1931. He was a champion of student-focused teaching methods and invested in playground equipment, swimming pools, speech therapists, psychologists, and social workers to better suit the needs of his students. Allen established the Department of Special Studies at Perkins in 1927 in conjunction with the American Foundation for the Blind. The department conducted research on innovations for the teaching of students who are blind or visually impaired.

Edward E. Allen was also an early champion of the braille writing system for the blind, beginning in the late 1800’s. Despite the existence of several different formats of writing for the blind, Allen recognized braille’s superiority and helped to make it the standard for the blind. In 1898, he introduced the first interpoint and interlinear braille embossing equipment in the United States.

The University of Pennsylvania recognized Allen’s work as an educator in 1931 with an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Allen was also a recipient of the Leslie Dana Gold Medal from the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, the Gold Medal from the Institute of Social Sciences, and the Shotwell Gold Medal from the American Association of Workers for the Blind.

Allen and his wife, Katherine, had two children and five grandchildren.

Sources of information: 
Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Edward E. Allen Collection, Perkins School for the Blind.
Arrangement: 

12 Series, 32 Boxes

Series 1: Writings
Series 2: White House Conference on Child Health and Protection
Series 3: Personal Papers
Series 4: Correspondence
Series 5: World Conference on Work for the Blind
Series 6: Harvard Course Notes
Series 7: Clippings
Series 8: Biographical Materials
Series 9: Research and Projects, 1960’s-1991
Series 10: Publications
Series 11: Artifacts
Series 12: Photographs

Container List: 

Series 1: Writings   
Box 1: Writings 1890-1899   
Folder 1: Writings in New England Magazine, bound drafts, 1890 

Folder 2: “A Few Notes of a Little Girl Two and a Half Years Old”, bound draft, 1896 

Folder 3: “Should the Use of Tobacco in all its Forms be Interdicted in Schools for the Blind”, bound and published drafts, 1896 

Folder 4: “A Message to Mothers of Blind Children”, bound draft, [1898] Folder 5: Writings, five bound and one typed draft, 1890-1899

Box 2: Writings 1900-1905   
Folder 1: “Education of Defectives”, three bound drafts, 1900 

Folder 2: “About a School for Children and Youth Who Have Poor Eyesight or Who are Blind” and Allen’s address to Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind, two bound drafts of each, 1901 

Folder 3: Writings, bound drafts, 1903-1905   

Box 3: Writings 1906-1909   
Folder 1: “The Physical Education of the Blind”, bound draft, 1906 

Folder 2: “The Physical Education of the Blind”, five bound drafts, 1906 

Folder 3: “Library Work for the Blind”, bound drafts, 1906 

Folder 4: “The Feeble-Minded Blind”, three published and one bound draft, 1906 

Folder 5: “The Reconstruction of the Perkins Institution a Pressing Need”, four drafts, ca. 1907 

Folder 6: “To The Parents of Blind Children”, four drafts & six expanded drafts, 1907 

Folder 7: “Can the Puritanical Distrust of Art be Justified?”, one typed draft, 1907 

Folder 8: “A Valuable Addition to Books on the Blind”, bound draft, 1909 

Folder 9: “The Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind”, three typed drafts, 1909 

Folder 10: “A Brief Resume of the History of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind”, two typed & one bound draft, February 1909   

Box 4: Writings 1910-1914   
Folder 1: “Eindrücke von den Blinden-Anstalten in Deutschland und Oesterreich” (“Impressions of the blind-centers in Germany and Austria”), four published and one bound draft, 1910 

Folder 2: “Impressions of Institutes for the Blind in Germany and Austria”, two published, two bound, and one typed draft, 1910 

Folder 3: “The Nature and Value of Contributory Effort from Pupils at Free Residential Schools for the Blind”, five bound drafts, 1910  

Folder 4: “Present Day Ideals in the Education of the Blind”, two typed drafts, 1911 

Folder 5: “Progress of the Education of the Blind”, bound and published drafts, 1913 

Folder 6: “Frank H. Hall”, “A Report to the Trustees After Two Years in Watertown”, and Allen’s address to the Conference of the Blinds Exhibition, one typed draft each, January, 1911, 1914, and April 191   

Box 5: Writings 1915-1919   
Folder 1: “Progress in Education of the Blind”, two typed & six published drafts, 1915 

Folder 2: “Some Present Day Aims and Methods in the Education of the Blind”, Address of President E.E. Allen at the 22nd Convention of the American Association of Instructors of the Blind, and Allen’s book review of A Beacon for the Blind, one published draft of each, 1915 

Folder 3: “Dennis A. Reardon”, two published drafts, 1916 

Folder 4: “The Problem of the Feeble-Minded Blind”, three published & one typed draft, 1917 

Folder 5: “Remarks on the Education of the Blind”, two typed drafts, 1917 

Folder 6: “Present Day Factors in the Schools for the Blind”, four published & one typed draft, 1918 

Folder 7: Allen’s Address to the Library Extension Conference, typed draft, includes two handwritten correspondence on the conference, 1918 

Folder 8: “A New Covenant with the Handicapped”, four typed drafts, 2 published drafts in The Christian Register, one published draft in The Rocky Mountain Leader, April, 1919, May, 1919, and January, 1920 

Folder 9: “The Opportunities of the Residential School” and a writing by Allen on State Aid, one published draft and two typed drafts respectively, 1919 and 1916   

Box 6: Writings 1920-1924   
Folder 1: “Some Facts and Fancies About the Blind, and the Deaf, Which Teachers Should Know”, four drafts, 1920 

Folder 2: “An Exceptional Blind Boy” and a pamphlet on the Committee of Efficiency, one typed draft taken from Bulletin of the National Association for the Study and Education of Exceptional Children and one published draft respectively, January, 1920 

Folder 3: “Early History of the Teaching of the Blind in European Countries”, typed draft, 1921 

Folder 4: The original folder the typed draft of “Early History of the Teaching of the Blind in European Countries” was housed in 

Folder 5: “Early History of the Teaching of the Blind in European Countries”, handwritten draft, 1921 

Folder 6: “Samuel Gridley Howe”, published draft, 1921 

Folder 7: “He was the Cadmus of the Blind”, two published drafts in The Christian Register, March 31, 1921 

Folder 8: “Report of Efficiency Committee”, one published reprint draft from Biennial Report of American Association of Instructors of the Blind, ca. 1921 

Folder 9: “Special Features in the Education of the Blind During the Biennium 1918-1920”, five published drafts from the Department of the Interior Bureau of Education, 1921 

Folder 10: “The Pioneer Classes for Children with Defective Eyesight”, typed draft, ca. 1921 

Folder 11: “Progress of the Education of the Blind in the United States 1913, 1915, & 1921”, bound draft, 1921  

Folder 12: “The Preparation of Teachers of the Blind”, one pamphlet draft and two published drafts from The Beacon, September, 1922 

Folder 13: “Dr. William Moon and Home Teaching for the Blind”, two typed drafts, [1922] 

Folder 14: “Notes on the Preparation of Teachers of the Blind”two typed drafts, 1922 

Folder 15: “Notes on College Students and the Education of the Blind”, typed draft, 1922

Folder 16: “Grading in the Boy’s Department As a Result of Psychological Research”, typed draft, September, 1922 

Folder 17: Notes by Allen on the preparation of teachers of the blind and partially seeing, typed draft, December 6, 1922  

Folder 18: “The Diversion of Two-Score Blind People”, one typed draft and three published drafts in The Beacon, September, 1923 and November, 1923 

Folder 19: Book review for “The Light Which Cannot Fail” by Winifred Holt entitled “A Torch in the Dark”, typed draft and three reprinted published drafts Nation, July, 1923 and August 22, 1923 

Folder 20: “Dr. William Moon Missionary to the Blind”, typed draft and three duplicate drafts (one with a note with return address handwritten notations), 1923 

Folder 21: “Movement for the Separate Teaching of the Semi-Sighted”, one typed draft, 1923 

Folder 22: “Statement from Mr. E.E. Allen, Director of Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind”, two published drafts, 1923  

Folder 23: “Words of Welcome and an Explanation”, one typed draft, 1924 

Folder 24: “Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Kiwanis Club of New Bedford”, four typed drafts, 1924 

Folder 25: “The Education of the Blind in the United States of America”, three typed drafts, 1924 

Folder 26: “Dr. William Moon” a three part series published by The Beacon, two published drafts of part one and one published draft of both parts two and three, May to July, 1924 

Folder 27: “Erziehung der Blinden in den Vereinigten Staaten van Nordamerika” (The Education of the Blind in the United States of America), one published draft in the Journal of Austrian Blind, November, 1924 

Folder 28: “The Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind”, one typed draft, 1924 

Folder 29: “The So-Called Harvard Course on the Education of the Blind”, one typed draft, 1924 

Folder 30: “Harvard Course of Lectures”, two published drafts, 1924   

Box 7: Writings 1925-1929  
Folder 1: “Social Service to Blind People”, one typed draft, 1925 

Folder 2: “Fellow Teachers and Friends” a piece on John Vars, one typed draft, 1925 

Folder 3: “Coddling a Blind Child is no Help but a Hindrance”, one typed draft, 1925 

Folder 4: “Winifred Holt Mather: The Florence Nightingale of the Blind”, one typed draft, 1925 

Folder 5: “Louise Braille”, one typed draft and three published drafts in Outlook for the Blind, 1925 

Folder 6: “Olin Howard Burritt”, one typed draft, 1925 

Folder 7: “How Lions May Serve Blind People”, one typed draft and two published drafts in Lions Club Magazine, 1925 

Folder 8: “The Function of Vocational Training for Work Among Blind People”, one typed draft with handwritten notations, 1925

Folder 9: “The Harvard Course on the Education of the Blind”, two typed drafts, 1925 

Folder 10: “Harvard and the Education of the Blind”, two typed drafts, 1925 

Folder 11: “Dickens and Dr. Howe”, one typed draft, 1925 

Folder 12: “Progress in the Movement for the Special Preparation of Teachers of the Blind”, one typed draft and three published drafts, 1926 

Folder 13: “A Survey on the Work for the Blind in the United States from its Beginning Until Now”, two typed drafts, two published drafts in Perkins Annual Report, three published drafts of an unknown source, 1926 

Folder 14: “Convention Notes in Nashville”, one typed draft, June, 1926 

Folder 15: “At Their Finger’s End”, one published draft in The Dickensian, 1926 

Folder 16: “Questions Submitted by Mr. Allen of Perkins Institute for the Blind”, one typed draft of questions and one typed draft with answers, 1926 

Folder 17: “A Local Institution Which all Teachers Should Know About”, three typed drafts, two published drafts in Common Ground, and two published drafts in Official Organ of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Federation, December, 1926, January, 1927, and January, 1927 

Folder 18: “The Beginnings of Work for the Blind in America”, one typed draft, ca. 1927 

Folder 19: “William Henry Churchman”, two typed drafts, one published draft in Outlook for the Blind, and one typed draft written for the Dictionary of American Biography, 1927 

Folder 20: “Francis Joseph Campbell”, two typed drafts prepared for the Dictionary of American Biography, 1927  

Folder 21: “A Succinct Account of Progress Made in Massachusetts in the Care of its Blind and in the Movement for the Prevention of Blindness Since Helen Keller Spoke on These Subjects at a Legislative Hearing in Boston in the Early 1900’s”, two typed drafts, 1927  

Folder 22: “Michael Anagnos”, one typed draft, 1927 

Folder 23: “A Statement Touching Upon Helen Keller and the Cause of the Blind and of the Prevention of Blindness Since 1900; Also Recent Outstanding Events in the Education of Blind Children”, four typed drafts, 1927 

Folder 24: “The Residential School for the Blind – Its Origin and Progress; and its Changing Status”, “From an Interview with Dr. Gustaf Emanual Ek, Rektor or Executive Head of the Royal Institution and Elementary School for the Blind at Tomteboda, Near Stockholm, Sweden”, “The United States of America”, and “Public Day Schools for the Blind”, one typed draft of each, 1927 

Folder 25: “An Extension Department of Perkins Institute”, two typed drafts, 1927 

Folder 26: “Self Help in Boarding Schools”, two typed drafts, 1927 

Folder 27: “Environment at School”, two typed drafts, 1927 

Folder 28: “In the Annual Report of 1911-1912 of the Perkins Institution for the Blind Appeared the Following:”, two typed drafts, 1927 

Folder 29: "The American Movement for the Separate Teaching of the Semi-Sighted”, two typed drafts, 1927  

Folder 30: “Finger Reading”, four typed drafts and six published drafts in The Congregationalist, 1928 

Folder 31: “Alice M. Lane” and “Schools for the Blind in the West Indies”, one published draft of both appearing in Outlook for the Blind, June, 1928 

Folder 32: “Personalities in the World of the Blind”, one published draft in The Beacon, November, 1928 

Folder 33: “Fisher, John Dix”, “Education of the Blind in the U.S.A” and “Miss Kiefer and Progressive Education at Perkins”, one typed draft of each, 1928 

Folder 34: “Finger Reading with Particular Reference to New England”, two typed drafts and one published draft, 1929 

Folder 35: “Radio Talk by the Director, Broadcast over WEEI”, five typed drafts (this was originally titled “Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind”), December 30, 1929

Folder 36: “A Broken Link with the Past” and “Adult Education Says”, one published draft of each from Outlook for the Blind, December, 1929 

Folder 37: “Howe, Samuel Gridley”, one typed draft for Dictionary of American Biography, March, 1929 

Folder 38: “New Vocational Studies at Perkins”, “Qualifications of an Executive for the Adult Blind”, and “The Experimental School, Sometimes Called the Department of Special Studies”, one typed draft of each, June, 1929    

Box 8: Writings 1930-1939  
Folder 1: “The Training of Teachers as Conducted at Perkins”, five published drafts, 1930 
 
Folder 2: “The Social and Economic Status of the Blind”, four typed drafts, 1930 

Folder 3: “Concerning the Blind” and “Nature Study at Perkins Institution”, one typed draft for each, 1930 

Folder 4: “Winifred Holt Mather and Rufus Graves Mather”, one typed draft, 1930

Folder 5: “Harvard Crimson Article”, one typed draft, 1930 

Folder 6: “Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind”, one typed draft, 1930 

Folder 7: “The Deaf Blind”, one typed draft and one published draft, 1930 

Folder 8: “Attitudes Towards the Blind”, one typed draft, 1930 

Folder 9: “Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Mather’s Torch Bearing Tour”, two typed drafts and one published draft from The National Institute for the Blind, 1930 

Folder 10: “Opening Windows on Nature for Blind Boys and Girls”, one published draft in School Life, October, 1931 

Folder 11: “Domestic Science Training for the Blind”, two published drafts in The New Beacon, December, 1931  

Folder 12: “Employment of the Blind”, two typed drafts, 1931 

Folder 13: “Museums for the Blind”, seven published drafts and four typed drafts, 1931 

Folder 14: “Cora L. Gleason”, one typed draft, 1931  

Folder 15: “Report of the Trustees”, one typed draft, 1931 

Folder 16: “Dr. Allen Says: The Unconscious Tuition of the Teacher”, two published drafts in The Teachers Forum, one published draft in The Pelican, and one typed draft, 1932 

Folder 17: “Sight Saving Classes in the Public Schools”, two typed drafts and two published drafts in The Massachusetts Teacher, 1932 

Folder 18: “Acceptance Speech of Medal”, one published draft of Allen’s acceptance speech, 1932 

Folder 19: “One Hundred Years of Schooling of the Blind”, one published copy, 1932 

Folder 20: “Pioneering of the Holt Sisters in Prevention of Blindness”, four published drafts from The National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Inc., 1934 

Folder 21: “Allen’s Talk in Sweden”, one handwritten draft and the envelope it was stored in, two typed drafts, and newspaper clippings about the event, 1934 

Folder 22: “Education of Blind Children of School Age” and “Modern Tendencies in the Education of the Blind”, one published draft of each and one typed draft of “Education of Blind Children of School Age”, 1934 

Folder 23: “Lecture on P.I.” delivered twice to Dr. Frampton’s course at Columbia, one typed draft (60 pages), 1935 

Folder 24: “Teacher of the Blind”, two printed drafts, 1935 

Folder 25: “Edward Marlay Van Cleve”, two published drafts in Outlook for the Blind, 1935 

Folder 26: “The Blind of the United States of America”, one typed draft, 1936 

Folder 27: “Mr. Wood as a Teacher of the Blind” and “Present Day Education of the Blind”, one typed draft each, 1938 and 1933  

Folder 28: “My friends of Virginia, especially you who lack normal eyesight”, one typed draft, 1939   

Box 9: Writings 1940-1945 & Publications by Others 1893-1905   
Folder 1: “Radio Talk on Sir Francis Campbell and on the Royal College in the 1880’s”, “A Brief Survey of the Genesis and Results to Date of Our Special Preparation of Teachers of the Blind”, “To the Editor of the Sight Saving Review”, “A Few Thoughts on the Education of the Blind Based on a Half Century of Experience”, “Dennis Reardon”, “Emerson Training for the Blind”, two typed drafts of both “A Brief Survey” and “A Few Thoughts”, one typed draft of every other article except “Emerson Training” which is a published draft, 1940-1945 

Folder 2: Royal Normal College Pamphlets and Reports, eight different published drafts, 1893- 1905 

Folder 3: “A Plea for the Practical Training of Blind Children” by F.J. Campbell, “Dr. F.J. Campbell A Character Sketch”, The Pennsylvania Institute for the Instruction of the Blind: Overbrook Annual Report 1905, one published draft of each, n.d., 1898, and 1905   

Series 2: White House Conference on Child Health and Protection   
Box 10: White House Conference on Child Health and Protection 1929-1931   
Folder 1: Correspondence to Allen pertaining to the Conference, nine typed drafts, 1929-1930 

Folder 2: Correspondence to Allen pertaining to the Conference, seven typed drafts, 1930 

Folder 3: Correspondence pertaining to the Conference, seventeen typed drafts, 1930 

Folder 4: Correspondence to Allen pertaining to the Conference, thirteen drafts, 1930-1931 

Folder 5: “A Contribution to the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection”, “White House Conference on Child Health and Protection” Organization Information, “The Handicapped”, “Committee on the Physically And Mentally Handicapped Sub-Committee on the Visually Handicapped”, Tentative Schedule, “The Visually Handicapped”, two bound drafts, one typed draft, two typed drafts, and one typed draft for the last three respectively, 1929-1930 

Folder 6: “White House Conference on Child Health and Protection Current Information” Volumes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and Special Issue, “Report on Committee Activities of the Sub-Committee on the Visually Handicapped”, “Brief Report of the Committee on Special Classes”, “The Vocational Adjustment of Physically and of Mentally Handicapped Children”, one typed draft of each, 1930 

Folder 7: “Special Schools Report”, “White House Conference on Child Health and Protection” Program, Address of President Hoover, “The School of Tomorrow”, “The Social and Vocational Adjustment of the Blind”, one typed draft of each except “White House Conference” program and the Address of President Hoover which are both bound drafts, 1930 

Folder 8: Reprint of “A Contribution to the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection” from Perkins Annual Report for 1930, Letter from Allen to Mr. Emil Frankel re: White House Conference, “Special Report on The Vocational Adjustment of Physically and of Mentally Handicapped Children”, “The Children’s Charter”, “Extract from the Report of the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the World Conference on Work for the Blind”, “White House Conference on Child Health and Protection” Program, one bound draft of “A Contribution”, “The Children’s Charter” and the Conference program, one typed draft of each other document, 1930-1931   

Series 3: Personal Papers   
Box 11: Personal Papers 1903-1915   
Folder 1: Personal publications and material including material related to his European trip, 1903-1909 

Folder 2: Personal papers from 1910 which includes newspaper clippings, bound drafts, and the envelope they were kept in, 1910 

Folder 3: Personal papers from 1911 which includes newspaper clippings, bound drafts, a place card at a dinner given by Miss Winifred Holt to President Taft and the menu for the dinner and the envelope they were all held in, 1911 

Folder 4: Personal papers from 1912 which includes an invitation to a luncheon at Harvard, bound draft of an “Appeal to Annual Subscribers” for Perkins, bound draft of “Handy Book of the St. John’s Men’s Club”, and a bound draft of “The Twentieth Century Club” Lecture Service List, 1912 

Folder 5: Personal papers from 1913 which includes newspapers clippings and published drafts of “The Committee on Social Service” and “The Southern Workman”, and the envelope they were kept in, 1913 

Folder 6: Personal papers from 1914-1915 which includes newspaper clippings, published drafts of “Rhode Island Normal School Saturday Lectures 1914-1915”, invitation to the meetings of the Men’s Class of the Claflin Club, Pamphlet of the Elito Church, pamphlet of the Unitarian Club of Watertown, Pamphlet of the Woman’s Union, and the envelope they were kept in, 1914-1915   

Box 12: Personal Papers, 1925-1962, undated  
Folder 1: Library cards, half of which are of Allen written material and half of which are by other authors, unclear if they were in Allen’s personal collection or not, n.d. 

Folder 2: Lists of Allen’s published writings and personal materials, lists compiled in 1926, 1932 and n.d. and covers works over decades, also a list of “Books Formerly Owned by Helen Keller, typed drafts of all, 1925, 1926, 1932, 1925, n.d. 

Folder 3: Undated and dated personal papers including: a map of the site concerning the location of Perkins at the Josiah Stickney Estate, newspaper clipping of the engagement of Allen’s daughter, published article on Nat Allen’s school in Newton (Edward Allen’s uncle), draft of Allen’s Retirement from Perkins, biographical draft on Allen written by O.H. Burritt for the Outlook for the Blind, Twenty-Five Year Report on Fulfillment of a Dream, map is n.d. but ca. 1905, engagement notice July 24, 1961, Nat Allen piece January, 1962, Retirement piece n.d., Burritt piece on Allen May, 1931, Twenty-Five Year Report 1952 

Folder 4: Literature, Inspirational Notes and Quotations, one bound scrapbook of Allen’s in which he put newspaper clippings and inspirational material, n.d. 

Folder 5: Literature Notes and Quotations, typed and handwritten notes, songs, poems, quotations, all n.d. except one which is dated 1/31/1929  

Series 4: Correspondence   
Box 13: Correspondence 1917-1959, n.d.   
Folder 1: Correspondence to, from, and about Allen, typed and handwritten, 1922- 1951 

Folder 2: Correspondence, mostly between a Mr. George Richards and a Mr. Henry Hall, and a few other letters of unidentifiable sender, these were in Allen’s collection but only one mentions Allen, typed and handwritten, 1906-1907  

Folder 3: Correspondence by Allen and about Allen as a successor to Anagnos at Perkins, typed and handwritten drafts, 1906-1907 

Folder 4: Correspondence among individuals applying for the directorship position or advocating for others for the position, includes letters from John Albert Macy applying and letters advocating for him as well as, a lettering of application from a Jesse T. Morey and also one from Sir Francis J. Campbell from the Royal Normal College, typed and handwritten, 1906 

Folder 5: Correspondence mostly to George Richards from Allen and a couple letters of unidentifiable senders but one of which is addressed to Thomas Appleton, all handwritten, 1906-1907 

Folder 6: Correspondence from Dr. Mell to Allen, handwritten drafts, 1920-1931 

Folder 7: Correspondence to Allen pertaining to “Education of the Blind”, typed drafts, 1922- 1923 

Folder 8: Correspondence to Allen re: his papers “Home Teaching”, “Teaching of the Dead” and “Training of Teachers”, typed drafts, 1925 

Folder 9: Squarehand correspondence written to Allen, mostly handwritten some typed, 1933- 1936 

Folder 10: Correspondence from Allen including a letter to a Mr. Lowell re: expenses of a new building, a letter to George H. Richards, and a letter to Mr. Hall, typed and handwritten, 1910-1926, n.d. 

Folder 11: Correspondence to Allen, typed and handwritten drafts, 1920-1932 

Folder 12: Correspondence to and from Ms. Mary Esther Sawyer, typed and handwritten drafts and also includes pressed flowers, drawings, and a couple photos, 1931-1936 

Folder 13: Copies of Allen’s correspondence, typed drafts, 1917-1931 

Folder 14: Correspondence and material relating to Allen’s retirement, typed drafts, mostly 1931, one item from 1959 

Folder 15: Letter from Julia Ward Howe to George Richards with envelope, handwritten, 1906   

Box 14: Correspondence 1907-1950   
Folder 1: Correspondence re: Allen’s paper “Progress of the Blind”, typed and handwritten drafts, 1912-1913  

Folder 2: Correspondence between Allen and the Alumnae Association of Perkins, a collection of statements collected and typed by Miss Burnham, typed draft, 1907-1934 

Folder 3: Correspondence between Allen and Perkins School for the Blind much of which seems to re: his retirement, typed drafts, 1930-1931 

Folder 4: Correspondence re: Perkins School for the Blind, typed and handwritten drafts, 1920- 1923 

Folder 5: Correspondence and material on the death of Allen, typed drafts, 1950   

Series 5: World Conference on Work for the Blind   
Box 15: World Conference on Work for the Blind, 1931   
Folder 1: Program from the Conference, correspondence to Allen re: the Conference, “Instructions to Motor Corps”, tentative program, “Points of Special Interest in School Program”, “Guides Girls’ Upper School”, “Class Room Activities Girls’ Upper School”, “Lists of Foreign Delegates and Guests to World Conference on Work for the Blind”, “Hotel Rooms”, “Bridgman Cottage”, drawn Visagraph of Home Teachers Workshop Placement, “A Visit to Perkins Institution, made by the Foreign delegates to the World Conference on Work for the Blind at New York”, Menu to the Dinner to the Delegates and Guests of the World Conference on Work for the Blind with Guest of Honor Dr. Edward E. Allen”, typed and handwritten drafts, 1931 

Folder 2: “Moving Pictures of America at Perkins Institution and Concert by The Choir of the School” program, photo Dr. [Lirnenfeld] at the World Conference on Work for the Blind, newspaper clippings on the event, “Extracts from the Report of the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the World Conference on Work for the Blind”, Invitation to a luncheon from the Mayor of Boston held for the delegates attending the conference, Dinner Committee RSVP guest list with Dr. Allen as the Guest of Honor, White House Conference on Child Health and Protection program, pamphlet “World Conference on Work for the Blind”, two braille document (untitled), “World Conference on the Work for the Blind” Schedule, typed and handwritten drafts, 1931 

Folder 3: “This Week in New York World’s Greatest Vacation City” publication, “World Conference on Work for the Blind Tour of Visitation”, List of Delegates, newspaper clippings, Schedule, squarehand letters re: Conference, typed correspondence re: Conference from a student, typed and handwritten drafts, 1931   

Series 6: Harvard Course Notes   
Box 6: Harvard Course Notes, 1924   
Folder 29: “The So-Called Harvard Course on the Education of the Blind”, one typed draft, 1924 

Folder 30: “Harvard Course of Lectures”, two published drafts, 1924    

Box 16: Harvard Course Notes, 1924-1934   
Folder 1: “Dr. Edward Allen”, newspaper clippings re: Harvard course, published drafts, 1931 

Folder 2: Notes on Samuel Gridley Howe and Perkins School for the Blind, typed with handwritten marks, n.d.  

Folder 3: Continues notes from folder 2, typed with handwritten marks, n.d. 

Folder 4: “Presentation of Medals” with a medal to Allen, Perkin Institution Annual Report for 1926, “Modern Tendencies in the Education of the Blind”, “The Preparation of Teachers of the Blind”, “Of Mr. & Mrs. Mather and Their Good Work at the West Indies”, an untitled poem, “The Training of Teachers as Conducted by Perkins”, handwritten copy of essay by [Demodocure] from Edinburgh Magazine 1774, Notes on Professor Mirick’s Lectures, handwritten notes, typed and handwritten drafts, 1926-1934, n.d. 

Folder 5: Handwritten notes n.d., “The Training of Teachers”, “The News Letter”, The Harvard Extension Course “The Blind of Pasy”, “Special Methods Class 1926-1927”, “N1 – A Course in Special Education”, “Harvard Course of Lectures” printed in The Beacon, published, typed and handwritten drafts, 1924-1930, n.d.   

Series 7: Clippings   
Box 17: Clippings, 1894-1961   
Folder 1: Clippings re: Harvard Course, 1920-1961 

Folder 2: Clippings re: Dr. John Dix Fisher, clippings re: U of Penn, 1920-1921 

Folder 3: Clippings re: The Blind, clippings re: Mrs. Edward Ellis Allen Jr., 1916-1928 

Folder 4: Clippings re: Dr. Allen and Schools for the Blind, 1907  

Folder 5: Clippings re: Dr. Allen, 1906, n.d. 

Folder 6: Clippings re: Dr. Allen, 1907 

Folder 7: Clippings re: The Anniversary of the Harvard Course, 1930-1931  

Folder 8: Clippings re: Allen, 1906-1921 

Folder 9: Clippings re: Allen’s children’s marriage and engagement announcements, 1922, 1932, n.d. 

Folder 10: Clippings re: Allen’s wife, 1921-1924, n.d.  

Folder 11: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1916-1924, n.d.  

Folder 12: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1908-1909, 1920, 1924, n.d. 

Folder 13: Clippings re: Allen’s trip to Europe, 1909, n.d.  

Folder 14: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1907-1909  

Folder 15: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1915-1917

Folder 16: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1918-1920  

Folder 17: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1921-1922  

Folder 18: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1925-1929
 
Folder 19: Clippings re: Allen and Perkins, 1940, 1961, n.d. 

Folder 20: Clippings re: Allen, Perkins, and Caroline Allen, 1907-1934, n.d.   

Box 18: Biographical Material, 1913-1989, undated   
Folder 1: Appointments as Member of Massachusetts Division of the Blind, 1913-1933 

Folder 2: Material related to Allen’s Retirement, 1930-1931 

Folder 3: Honorary Doctorate material, 1930  

Folder 4: Materials related to Dr. Allen’s Biography, 1930, 1940  

Folder 5: Published biographical material, n.d. 

Folder 6: Obituaries on Dr. Allen, 1936, n.d. 

Folder 7: Material related to Founder’s Day Program, 1989

Folder 8: Undated typed drafts, n.d. 

Folder 9: Undated handwritten drafts, n.d.  

Series 9: Modern Research and Projects    
Box 19: Modern Research and Projects/Publications, 1968-1991/1932-1941   
Folder 1: Perkins Memorial Trees and Programs, ca. 1968, 1980’s 

Folder 2: Modern research Material (related to Ken Stuckey), ca. 1970’s-1980’s 

Folder 3: Correspondence between Howard Reynolds to Ken Stuckey re: Eleanor Thayer and two photographs of Eleanor Thayer, 1991   

Series 10: Publications   
Box 19: Modern Research and Projects/Publications, 1968-1991/1932-1941   
Folder 1: Two drawings from the Red Bound Book entitled “To Edward E. Allen on his 80th Birthday”, 1941    
Two CDs in clear cases that include the Address delivered at Perkins Centennial Exercises, November 10, 1932    

Red Bound Book entitled: “To Edward E. Allen on his 80th Birthday August 1st, 1941”   

Red Bound Book entitled: “Papers on the Education of the Blind – E. E. Allen”   

Transcription of Table of Contents below:   
 To the Parents of seeing and of Blind Children 
 About a School for Children and Youth who have Bad Eyesight or who are Blind  
 Education of Defectives 
 Sketch of Julius R. Friedlander 
 The Feeble-Minded Blind 
 The Problem of the Feeble-Minded Blind Child  
 The Reconstruction of Perkins Institution a Pressing Need
 Impressions of Institutions for the Blind in Germany and Austria
 Dennis A. Reardon 
 Progress in Education of the Blind in the U.S. in the year 1912-1913  
 Progress in Education of the Blind, 1915 
 Special Features in the Education of the Blind during the Biennium 1918-20 
 Present-Day Factors in the Schools for the Blind as Emphasized at Perkins Institution 
 Report of the Committee on Efficiency 
 Opportunities for Training to Teach the Blind 
 Samuel Gridley Howe 
 A Survey of Work for the Blind in the U.S. from the Beginning Until Now, 1926 
 Finger Reading, with Particular Reference to New England 
 A Massachusetts Institution which Teachers Should Know About 
 Museums for the Blind
 Preparation of Teachers of the Blind 
 Progress in the Movement for Special Preparation of Teachers of the Blind 
 The Training of Teachers as Conducted at Perkins 
 Modern Tendencies in the Education of the Blind 
 The Education of Blind Children of School Age   

Box 20: Publications, ca. 1906-1942   
Large red bound book entitled “Edward Ellis Allen” which is a scrapbook presented to the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind from Katherine Allen, ca. 1906-1942   

Table of Contents transcribed below:
 Mr. Allen’s leaving the Philadelphia School for Perkins 0 
 Tribute from Philadelphia Alumnae 37A 
 Lives of Mr. Allen 51 
 Mr. Allen’s Forced Retirement from Perkins 67             
              How it Came About             
              Letters of protest             
              Resolutions on his Retirement 
 Loving Cup Inscription 113 
 Complimentary Dinner given Mr. Allen by Mr. Migel and Mr. Cromwell at the end of the World 
Conference on Work for the Blind 124 
 Mr. Allen receives the Gold Medal of the National Institute of Social Sciences 139 
 Honorary Degree of D. Sc. given Mr. Allen by the University of Pennsylvania 261 
 Bronze portrait of Bas-relief for Perkins 116 259 
 Celebrations at Overbrook of the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Allen’s becoming Principal of the Philadelphia School     
              397 A 
 Mr. Allen celebrates the 50th year if his graduation from Harvard 135 
 Miscellaneous Letters 153 216 
 Biography of Mr. Allen written by Mrs. Allen 270 
 Papers found by Miss Fish in an old box 409 
 Excerpts from Alumnae Association Notes from 1907-1934 compiled by Miss Julia Burnham 215 
 Special Occasions on which Mr. Allen has presented papers or spoken 210 234 
 Letters about the Biography 270 
 Camp Allen 168-170 425 430 
 A few cards sent Mr. Allen on his 79th Birthday which was thought to be his 80th 251   

Box 21: Publications, 1919-1946   
Brown leather personalized book entitled “Dr. Edward Ellis Allen”, includes correspondence, programs, and speeches, 1940-1941   

Black bound book entitled “Dr. Allen Says: Notebook B”, includes published versions of his column “Dr. Allen Says”, 1932-1946    

Red bound book entitled “Harvard College Class of 1884 Report IX 1919”, 35th anniversary report by the Secretary of the class of 1884, 1919   

Black bound book entitled “Notebook A”, includes handwritten index at beginning, copies of Allen’s writings and correspondence, ca. 1929     

Index transcription below:
 A-B:
 A Challenge to Darkness – (Reviews) For Mr. Edgett – B. Transcript – p 10 

 Allen, E.E. – (Autobiography) Town and Country Life p.p. 3-4  

 Publications in 1929 (For Dean Holmes p. 17) 

 Beacon Article “Mothers” 52 

 Broadcasts p.p. 5-8, 12-17             
 Finger Reading 5             
 Perkins Institution 12 

 C-D: 
 Centenniel Papers, 132 

 Convention Papers             
 Teacher Training as Conducted at Perkins, 48 

 Deaf Blind, 45 

 E-F: 
 Finger Reading, 5 

 Frankel, Emil, 32-40 

 [Frary, Bogues] Solicitors, 57

 G-H: 
 Harvard Crimson (article on PI) – not published, 41 

 Holmes (Mr. Allen’s Writings) 17

 K-L: 
 Keller, Helen, 11 (2) – Allen (Review – a Challenge to Darkness) 

 M-Mc: 
 [Mrs. ]Secretary’s Report, 21

 Mother Material Part I 26, 27 (for Beacon) Part II 28, 29, 30 (for Outlook)

Torch Bearing Tour, 52 (for Beacon) 

 N-O: 
 Outlook [(Stems of Pol)] 9, 31, 51 

 P-Q: Perkins Institution, 1 

 Perkins items (for Outlook) 31    
 [Quiet] – article written for Harvard Crimson – (not published) 41 

 Perring, R. H. – written for Town & Country Life – E.E. Allen + [P.I] 3 

 Printery Report, 10 

 Program of Research into the Education of the Blind, 120 

 R-S: 
 Report of Secretary 1929, p.p. 21-25 

 Social + Economic Status of the Blind, + How this may be Improved, 42 

 T-U: 
 Teacher Training Courses at P.I., 48 

 Tercentenary articles, 9+10, 18-20 

 Town & Country Life 3 

 V-W: 
 White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, 32-40, 42, 45

 Reply to questionnaire on Handicapped Children in Industry, 32 

 The Social + Economic Status of Blind + How it can be Improved, 42 

 Deaf-Blind 45   

Box 22: Publications, 1874-1944   
Diary/Agenda, 1915 
 5 Year Diary, 1915-1919 
 5 Year Diary, 1920-1924 
 5 Year Diary, 1930-1934 
 5 Year Diary, 1935-1939 
 5 Year Diary, 1940-1944 
 Outlines of the World History, 1874 
 Complete Guide to Europe, handwritten note on inside, [1910] 
 Newspaper Clipping removed from diary, 1944   

Box 23: Publications and Photo Albums, 1907-1947   
Black and blue bound book entitled “Education in the United States Volume 1” Edited by Nicholas Murray Butler, includes 9 essays on education and is numbered 80 out of 500, 1946   

Black and blue bound book entitled “Education in the United States Volume 2” Edited by Nicholas Murray Butler, includes 10 essays on education including one by Allen and is numbered 80 out of 500, 1947   

Green bound book entitled “Preliminary Committee Reports of the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection”, 1930   

Perkins bound book entitled “Perkins Institution Annual Reports Vol. XII”, 1907-1910   

Purple bound book entitled “Journal of the National Institute of Social Sciences Vol. XIV”, includes unmarked bookmarks (unclear whether these are from Allen or someone else, 1929   

Purple bound book entitled “Journals of the National Institute of Social Science Vol. XV, includes a notecard as a bookmark (unknown if it’s from Allen or someone else), 1930  

Purple bound book entitled “Journal of the National Institute of Social Sciences Vol. XVI-XIX, 1931-1934   3 copies of the small bound book “Perkins Institution for the Blind” written by Edward E. Allen, 1924   

Small bound book entitled “A Child’s Gem”, [1924]  

Box 27: Publications, 1881-1898, n.d.    
Blue bound scrapbook entitled “Scrapbook”, mostly clippings, 1881-1898, n.d.   

Box 28: Publications, 1907-1931                 
Green bound book entitled: E. E. Allen’s Writings Perkins Institution for the Blind Reports 76-79 Vol. XIV 1907-1910

Green bound book entitled: E. E. Allen’s Writings Perkins Institution for the Blind Reports 80-83 Vol. XV 1911-1914

Green bound book entitled: E. E. Allen’s Writings Perkins Institution for the Blind Reports 80- 83 Vol. XV 1911-1914  

Green bound book entitled: E. E. Allen’s Writings Perkins Institution for the Blind Reports 84- 90 Vol. XVI 1915-1921  

Green bound book entitled: E. E. Allen’s Writings Perkins Institution for the Blind Reports 91- 97 Vol. XVII 1922-1928  

Green bound book entitled: E. E. Allen’s Writings Perkins Institution for the Blind Reports 98- 100 Vol. XVIII 1929-1931             

Series 11: Artifacts   
Box 29: Oversized Artifacts, 1848, 1864, 1869   
Folder 1: “Dr. Edward A. Kittredge”, typed draft, 1848, 1869    

Large photo of the home of James Allen (E.E. Allen’s father) in West Newton, Massachusetts, 1864   

Box 30: Artifacts/Voice Recordings, 1938-1942   
Voice recordings on 5 LPs all read by Edward Allen, 1938-1942   

Box 31: Artifacts, 1908 - 1931, n.d.   
Large newspaper clipping on Perkins Institute, 1908    

Drawing on card stock of a Watermelon man, n.d.  

Committee medal from Blind Workers Exhibition, n.d.   

Glass plate negative, 1924   

Glass plate negative, 1931   

Bridge set, n.d.  

Allen’s Academic hood with note about it being presented to Allen, 1930   

Series 12: Photographs   
Box 24: Photographs, ca. 1898   
Green bound photo album entitled “Photographs”, cyanotype photographs mostly of Overbrook, ca. 1898    

Box 25: Photographs, ca. 1900   
Black bound photo album entitled “Photographs”, mostly cyanotype photographs of Overbrook, ca. 1900   

Box 26: Photographs, ca. 1904   
Black bound photo album entitled “Photographs”, black and white photos of Overbrook, ca. 1904   

Box 32: Photographs, 1909, 1922, n.d.   
Folder 1: Photos of Perkins Institution, ca. 1915 

Folder 2: Photos of Paris School, ca. 1909 

Folder 3: Photos of Perkins Institute Kindergarten in Jamaica Plain, ca. 1910 

Folder 4: Photos removed from Allen’s personal diaries, n.d.  

Folder 5: Photos of Allen, ca. 1890’s-1931, n.d. 

Folder 6: Photos of Allen with an early automobile, n.d. 

Folder 7: Photos of German and foreign schools by Allen, ca. 1909 

Folder 8: Photos of foreign schools by Allen, ca. 1909 

Folder 9: Photos of Overbrook, n.d. [ca. 1900] 

Folder 10: Cyanotype, postcards, undated photographs, 1918, n.d.

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.
Perkins School for the Blind--History.