Helen Keller Memorabilia

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


Perkins School for the Blind

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This collection contains memorabilia related to Helen Keller including medals and awards as well as commemorative items.

1 linear foot (1 box)
Processed by: 

Susanna Coit, 2018, 2019

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Helen Keller is considered by many to be a leading figure of the twentieth century. When she was an infant, illness robbed her of her vision and hearing. Thanks to the pioneering strategies developed by Perkins’ first director, Samuel Gridley Howe, and the tenacity of Perkins alumna, Anne Sullivan, she became the world’s best known individual with deafblindness.

Today, she is still regarded as one of the most powerful and well-known advocates for people who are blind and deafblind. Her books and speeches have inspired millions including many well-known individuals such as Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels, Ronald Reagan and Eleanor Roosevelt. Through her tireless efforts, she transformed the way the world viewed people with disabilities.

Sources of information: 

McGinnity, B.L., Seymour-Ford, J. and Andries, K.J. (2004) Helen Keller FAQs. Perkins History Museum, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA.

Credit line/Citation: 
Helen Keller Memorabilia, Perkins School for the Blind

This collection includes memorabilia related to Helen Keller. Objects include awards and medals as well as commemorative pins and commemorative plates. It also contains a rock from Helen Keller’s house in Wrentham, Massachusetts and other souvenir objects.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Container List: 

Box: 1 Series 1:

American Foundation for the Blind coin, 1971

Helen Keller commemorative plate, 1980

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan postage stamp commemorative pins, 1980

Rock taken from stone all at Helen Keller’s former home in Wrentham, Mass., donated 1989

George H.W. Bush Anne Sullivan Medal and Certificate, 1992

Helen Keller Alabama commemorative quarter (enlarged, souvenir), 2003

Bowl made from oak tree on Ivy Green property, c. 2016

Civitan International Helen Keller Library ornament, 2018

Two glass decanters, unknown date

Unknown medal, unknown date

Helen Keller address plate, unknown date

Helen Keller commemorative pin, unknown date

Japanese souvenir, unknown date

Plate reading “Gift of Helen Keller,” unknown date

Cross pen constructed from wood of the original Helen Keller Public Library circulation desk from 1967, unknown date

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

Keller, Helen.

Sullivan, Anne.

American Foundation for the Blind.

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