Helen Keller Embossed Book Collection

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

Creator: 

Helen Keller

Date Range: 
1881-1905, bulk date range: 1888-1900
Call number: 
AG102
Abstract: 

This collection consists of embossed books and manuscripts donated to Perkins School in 1909, 1910, and 1915 by Helen Keller from her personal collection. The collection includes books written in French and English Braille, as well as American Braille. There are volumes of novels, poetry, and non-fiction.

Extent: 
4 series, 105 boxes Series 1: 1909 Donation Series 2: 1910 Donation Series 3: 1915 Donation Series 4: Undated Donations 29 linear feet
Processed by: 

Allie Copeland, 2015.

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Helen Keller (1880-1968) is still regarded as one of the most powerful and well-known advocates for people who are blind and deafblind. She was a prolific writer, publishing 14 books and numerous articles.  She traveled across the globe, tirelessly advocating for important social issues, such as women’s suffrage and rights for people who are blind or deafblind. She received numerous awards throughout her life for her humanitarian efforts.

Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Helen Keller Embossed Book Collection, Perkins School for the Blind
Scope/Contents: 

This collection consists of embossed books and manuscripts donated to Perkins School by Helen Keller from her personal collection. There are 61 Books in 105 Volumes; the majority of the collection was donated in 1909. The collection is mostly fiction, including plays by Shakespeare, romantic novels such as Persuasion by Jane Austen, and many volumes of French literature and poetry. There are also non-fiction biographies and history volumes. There are several volumes that are related to Helen Keller’s learning of different languages, including her French Lessons, and manuscript copies of notes on the Latin play Catullus. The majority of books are written in either French or English Braille, but there are a few hand-typed volumes of American Braille, as well as some printed in Latin and German. One book is in a combined system of raised lettering derived from Boston Line Type and Philadelphia Line Letter. The collection is identified by a hand-written note in the front cover of each volume that says “Received by Perkins Institution from Helen A. Keller [date]” or “Helen A. Keller return to Perkins Institution” in the second case, no date is indicated.

Container List: 

Series 1: 1909 Donation

Always Happy: or the story of Helen Keller, Jennie Chappell, 1895, London, Braille

Andromaque, Jean Baptiste Racine, French Braille

Athelie, Jean Baptiste Racine, French Braille

Britannicus, Jean Baptiste Racine, French Braille

Catullus copied by Mrs. Bertha Verner, American Braille

Introduction to Catullus copied by Mrs. Bertha Verner for Helen Keller, American Braille
Notes on Catullus copied by Bertha Verner for Helen Keller, Vol. 1-2,4-6, American Braille

De Amicitia, Cicero, 1900, London, Braille

De Rerum Natura, Vol. 1-3,5, Lucretius, 1903, London, English Braille

De Senectute, Cicero, 1900, London, Braille

Esther, Jean Baptiste Racine, 1891, French Braille

Fair Maid of Perth - abridged, Sir Walter Scott, 1888, London, Braille

Iphigenie en Aulide, Jean Baptiste Racine, 1890, French Braille

Iphigenie, Tradedie, Goethe, 1897, German Braille

Imitatio de Jesus Christ, Vol. 1-5, 1890, Braille (interpoint)

Journal of the Plague Year, Vol. 1-4, Daniel Dafoe, 1901, Braille

L’Art Poetique, Nichlas Boileau-Despreaux, 1887, French Braille

Latin Classics: Book 22, Vol. 2, Livie, [1900], Braille

Le Cid, Pierre Corneille, 1889, French Braille

Le Lutrin, Boileau, 1893, French Braille

Le Medicin Malgre Lui, Jean Baptiste Moliere, 1891, French Braille (interpoint)

Les Plaideurs, Jean Racine, 1891, French Braille

Le Tartufe, Moliere, 1889, French Braille

Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, 1870, Philadelphia, Combined system (hybrid of Boston Line Type and Philadelphia Line)

Phedre, Jean Baptiste Racine, 1890, French Braille (interpoint)

Polyeucte, Pierre Corneille, 1888, French Braille

Roberts of Tientsin, Vol. 2, Bryson, 1905, London, Braille

Shore to Shore, Vol. 1-4, Agnes Elizabeth Caflin, Braille (interpoint)

Wallensteins Lager, Vol. 2, Schiller, 1888, Berlin, Braille

Wallensteins Tod, Vol. 2, Schiller, 1888, Berlin, Braille

Weak Yet Strong, Vol. 2, H.B. Harrison, Undated, Braille

Wilhelm Tell, Vol.1-2, Friedrich Schiller, 1895, Braille

Series 2: 1910 Donation

Contes Choisis, 1900, Paris, Braille

Dette de jeu, Maxine duCamp, 1896, Paris, Franch Braille

Histoire de la Litterature Française, Vol. 2, G. Vapereau, 1888, Paris, French Braille

La Mère de la Marquise, Vol. 1-2, Edmond About, 1892, Paris, French Braille

Litterature Française: Prose, Vol. 9-10, 1883, French Braille

Litterature Française: Vers, Vol. 1,3-10,12, 1888, French Braille

Series 3: 1915 Donation

Alexander Pope, Vol. 1-2, Leslie Stephen, 1900, Braille (interpoint)

Castle Rackrent, Vol. 1-2, Maria Edgeworth, [1903], Braille

Der Trompeter von Sakkengen, Vol. 1-2, 1890, Berlin, Braille

Histoire de la Litterature Française, Vol. 3, Marcillac, 1898, French Braille

Life of the Duke of Wellington, Vol. 3-4, undated,  Braille

Life of John Sterling, Vol. 1-4 Undated, Braille (interpoint)

Our Responsibilities for Turkey: Facts and Memories of Forty Years, Vol. 1-2, Duke of Argyll,

Persuasion, Vol. 2-4, Jane Austen, Braille (interpoint)

Poesie Francaise, Vol. 2, Victor Hugo,La Martin, Casimir Delavigne, 1894, Paris, French Braille

Sixty Years a Queen, Vol. 1-4, Sir Herbert Maxwell, 1897, London, Braille (interpoint)

The Shadow of the Cross at the Prison of Dryfus, Vol. 1-2, 1901, American Braille, (Helen Keller from Sister Mary, Christmas, 1901)

Via Crucis, Vol. 1, Abbe Perreyve, Translated by Emily Mason, 1902, American Braille, (For Helen Keller with the devoted affection of her friend, Sister Mary, June 27 28, 1902)

Series 4: Undated Donations

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Vol. 1, Jean Baptiste Moliere, 1893, Braille

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Vol. 1, Jean Baptiste Moliere, 1894, Braille

The Children’s Hour, No. 6, 1887, London, Braille

The Dog Tribe, 1890, Braille (interpoint)

Gallic War: Book 1, Caesar, undated, Braille

Helen Keller’s French Lessons, Braille, 6 vol. lessons 1-11, 12-16, 22-26, 27-31, 32-40, 41-46

The Little Duke, Vol. 1-2, Charlotte M. Yonge, 1892, Braille

Synonymes, Vol. 1-2, G.F. Graham, 1885, London, Braille (interpoint)

Tales From Shakespeare, Charles Lamb, 1892, Braille

When the Ship Comes Home, Vol. 1-2, Sir Walter Besant and James Rice, 1892, Braille (interpoint)

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

Keller, Helen, 1880-1968