Helen Keller Ephemera

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


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This collection consists of publications, correspondence, marketing materials, clippings, and other ephemera related to Helen Keller. The collection includes correspondence from researchers and administrative files from Perkins Archives and Research Library. Correspondence in the collection relates to questions from and work by researchers.

1 box (1 linear foot)
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Susanna Coit, 2018

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.

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Helen Keller ephemera, Perkins School for the Blind

This collection contains various printed materials related to Helen Keller and her life. It contains materials related to events such as “The Deliverance,” a silent film about Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan and materials from the Helen Keller Centennial. It also includes writings about Helen Keller including essays, theses, and articles. Administrative files from the Perkins Archives and Research Library feature notes, publications, requests, and correspondence related to Helen Keller collections. The collection also includes a variety of marketing materials and publications for events and topics related to Helen Keller and her work.


The collection is arranged into seven series. Within the series, the materials are arranged chronologically when possible.

Series 1: Memorabilia Related to “The Deliverance”

Series 2: Helen Keller Centennial

Series 3: Writings About Keller

Series 4: Archives Staff Notes

Series 5: Correspondence

Series 6: Marketing Materials, Publications, Ephemera

Series 7: Bound Material

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Box 1:

Series 1: Memorabilia Related to “The Deliverance”

B1:F1: Memorabilia related to film “The Deliverance”, undated, 1922, 1929

B1:F2: Deliverance pamphlet

Series 2: Helen Keller Centennial

B1:F3: Helen Keller Centennial Congress Materials (labeled Director/Mary)

B1:F4: Keller Centennial, 1980

Series 3: Writings About Keller

B1:F5: 371.911 #30 - “Statement Touching Upon Helen Keller and the Cause of the Blind…”, undated

B1:F6: Manuscript about Anne Sullivan, undated

B1:F7: “Cape Cod’s Private Miracle” by Philip A. Jenkin, undated

B1:F8: Manuscript and press release related to Helen Keller, undated

B1:F9: “Helen and Annie” by Nancy K. Duncan - script, undated

B1:F10: “Helen and Annie” by Nancy K. Duncan, The Emmy Gifford Children’s Theater, 1985

B1:F11: HK Int’l Oral History Project, 1988

B1:F12: Shrank - Annie Sullivan draft, 1989

B1:F13: “Helen” script: Polka Theatre for Children, 1990

B1:F14: “Touching Words: Helen Keller, Plagiarism, Authorship” by Jim Swan, 1992

B1:F15: American Women of Achievement, by Kelly Wolfington, March 14, 1994

B1:F16: Annie Sullivan Introduction, 1995

B1:F17: Thesis on 1893 Keller photograph, 2008

B1:F18: Slabbert poetry about Keller, 2009

Series 4: Archives Staff Notes

B1:F19: Photocopies: scrapbook P. I, No. 11, 1892

B1:F20: Keller catalog cards/notes

B1:F21: Ken Stuckey file

B1:F22: Keller’s college exams (article)

B1:F23: 2 papers written by Keller at Radcliffe, 1897 - signed by Arthur Gilman

B1:F24: Canvas-backed newspaper clipping - How I Passed the Radcliffe Exams, 8/18/1899

B1:F25: Radcliffe commencement, 1904

B1:F26: “Talk with HK at Sardi’s”, Feb. 27. 1953

B1:F27: “Helen Keller at Perkins” by Dr. Edward J. Waterhouse, undated

B1:F28: Helen Keller memorial and funeral service programs, 1968

B1:F29: Photographs and letter - Keller and Sullivan life masks by Ruotolo, 1978

B1:F30: FBI File on Helen Keller (photocopies, now available online), 1995

Series 5: Correspondence

B1:F31: Books formerly owned by Keller and auto response card for correspondence, undated

B1:F32: Letter to Mr. Farrington from Keller and Sullivan, undated.

B1:F33: Found letters donated in 1989, undated (for letters)

B1:F34: Photocopies of letters written by Helen Keller to Edith Johnson, 1890 (from Nancy Jensen, Perkins does not own the originals)

B1:F35: Helen Keller letter photocopies from AG29, 1890

B1:F36: Stuckey correspondence - Irene Keegan, (donation), letter by Matilda McLean, 1899 (written from South Boston)

B1:F37: Letter to E.E. Allen from Friends of Soviet Russia, Feb. 6, 1924

B1:F38: Letter, reprint of statement published in Teachers College Record, Feb. 1932

B1:F39: Correspondence from HK to Miss Ricketson, n.d. And Mrs. Powers, 1936 (re: Sullivan’s death)

B1:F40: Copies of Keller letters, 1952

B1:F41: Helen Keller - Keller Macy Cottage Dedication, Original letter and telegrams from Samuel Eliot and Gov. Christian A. Herter, 1956

B1:F42: Condolences telegram about the death of Helen Keller, 1968

B1:F43: Letter to Waterhouse from Mrs. Nice Saraiva Loureiro (Brazil), re: HK’s death, June 24, 1968

B1:F44: Photocopies of Keller correspondence with Sarah Elizabeth Lane, with research materias, 1888, 1891, 1906

B1:F45: Keller correspondence with Ethel Orr, Orr family quilt event, 2008

Series 6: Marketing Materials, Publications, Ephemera

B1:F46: Mementos from Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s childhood home, undated

B1:F47: United States Eye Injury Registry pamphlet, undated

B1:F48: Various solicitation/fundraising postcards w/ braille, Dec. 1924

B1:F49: AFB Fundraiser Helen Keller stamps, 1938

B1:F50: 75th Birthday Committee mailing, 1955

B1:F51: Sermon pamphlet, 11/25/1956

B1:F52: Shotwell Memorial Award Souvenir, 6/29/1957

B1:F53: AFB Keller information packet, 1960

B1:F54: American Foundation for the Blind fund appeal letter, 1960

B1:F55: Helen Keller World Crusade for the Blind, sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind, c. 1968

B1:F56: Newsletter and program for Washington Cathedral Helen Keller memorial carving, 1970

B1:F57: Helen Keller brochures, newsletters, and press releases, 1931-1997

B1:F58: Helen Keller publications, 1931-1995

B1:F59: Clippings, 1892-1989 (bulk 1940s, 1980s)

B1:F60: Helen Keller - Clippings and mailings, 1929-1931

Series 7: Bound Material

A Historical Study for a Production Reconstructing Helen Keller’s Vaudeville and Lecture Performances, A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Southwest Missouri State University, In Partial Fulfillment of the REquirements for the Degree Master of the Arts, by Karen Payne Malone, October 1994

Helen Keller The Speaker: Visions of a Better Tomorrow, Lois Einhorn, Binghamton University (undated)

Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation (binder), 1993

Subject Headings: 

Keller, Helen.

Sullivan, Anne.

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

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