Perkins School for the Blind, Publisher
Collection of three books printed in Boston Line Type and published by Perkins. Titles include The New Testament, 1836; Atlas of the United States, 1837; and Viri Romae, 1839. The atlas has an inscription that reads “Abigail Carter’s Book.”
Jen Hale, 2019.
Samuel Gridley Howe, director of Perkins School for the Blind, developed an embossed alphabet called Boston Line Type in 1835. Because it was compact and had few confusing flourishes, he considered it vastly superior to the fonts used in Europe and at the Pennsylvania Institute. Howe commissioned a printer, Stephen Preston Ruggles, to design a press that could produce Boston Line Type books. Ruggles’ press produced books until 1881. Seven books were published in 1835.
Abigail Carter was one of the first 6 students to attend The New England Institution for the Education of the Blind (now Perkins School for the Blind) at 8 years of age. Her six year old sister Sophia carter was also a student. The sisters toured the United States in 1841 with founding Director Samuel Gridley Howe, demonstrating their skills and knowledge. The tour advocated for support and funding for the creation of schools and books for the blind. Sophia later becomes a teacher at Perkins, working closely with future students.
Perkins History Timeline. 1800s. https://www.perkins.org/history/timeline/1800s#Books. Accessed 22 Jan. 2019.
Perkins History Timeline. 1800s, https://www.perkins.org/history/timeline/1800s#First-Students. Accessed 22 Jan. 2019.
Gallery Guide. Perkins Books for the Blind, 2018
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This collection provides some of the earliest examples of books published by Perkins School for the Blind for students printed in Boston Line Type. The books include religious text, classical Latin text, and an Atlas for geography curriculum.
1 Series, 1 box
This collection is arranged in one series and one box.
Series 1: Books, 1836-1839
Series 1: Books, 1836-1839
B1:F1: The New Testament, 1836
B1:F2: Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind, 1837
B1:F3: Viri Romae, 1839
Perkins School for the Blind--History.
New England Institution for the Education of the Blind.
Carter, Abigail, -1875.
Blind--Printing and writing systems
Blind--Books and reading