Perkins Alumni Association Records

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

Creator: 

Perkins School for the Blind Alumni Association

Date Range: 
1878-1968, bulk 1940’s-1960’s
Call number: 
AG109
Abstract: 

This collection documents the business records, annual meetings and reports of the Perkins School for the Blind Alumni Association, also known as the Perkins Institution Alumni Association from the late 1870s to the late 1960s.  It includes information related to the association’s founding, membership, and finances. Manuscripts in the collection contain recollections of alumni from their time as students.

Extent: 
17 boxes (10 manuscript boxes and 10 book boxes), 7.5 linear feet
Language: 
Materials primarily in braille and all English
Processed by: 

Iman Wright, 2019; updated by Jen Hale and Susanna Coit, January 2020

Biographical/Historical notes: 

The Perkins Alumni Association was founded in 1884 by four alumna of Perkins Girl’s Department. The Perkins Alumni Association published a magazine from 1891-1894 called The Mentor. It was designed to share knowledge and its contributors were both blind and sighted.

Sources of information: 

Coit, Susanna. “1917 Halifax Explosion Spurred Outreach from Perkins School for the Blind Alumni.” Perkins Archives. 5 Dec 2017. https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/blog/1917-halifax-explosion-spurred-outreach-from-perkins-school-for-the-blind. Date Accessed 07 Jan 2020.

Coit, Susanna. “Unwavering Dedication: The Story of Mary Grace Knap Burtt.” Perkins Archives. 10 May 2019. https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/blog/unwavering-dedication. Dated Accessed 07 Jan 2020.

Hale, Jen. “The Amazing Jennie Colby”.  Perkins Archives. 6 Aug 2018. www.perkins.org/history/archives/blog/the-amazing-jennie-colby. Date Accessed 19 Apr 2019

Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Perkins Alumni Association Records, Perkins School for the Blind
Scope/Contents: 

This collection contains meeting minutes, reports, resolution and financial records of the Perkins Alumni Association.  The majority of the collection consists of reports. The collection documents annual meetings, treasurer’s reports and include the founding resolutions of the Alumni Association.  These records are primarily in braille.

Arrangement: 

B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1

Arranged by series and chronologically within. Box five is in an envelope binder for an oversized report.

Series 1: Annual Meeting Reports, braille, 1878-1962

Series 2: Annual Meetings Reports, print, 1885-1943

Series 3: Treasurer’s and Finance Committee Reports, circa 1905-1961

Series 4: Meeting Minutes, 1962-1968

Series 5: Resolutions, 1889-1953

Series 6: Printed Handouts, undated, circa 1962

Series 7: Assorted Unidentified Braille Documents, circa 1920-1968

Series 8: Memories and Talks Manuscripts and Correspondence, 1899-1933

Series 9: Reports of the Executive Board, circa 1926-1960

Series 10: Clippings, 1898-1968

Series 11: Bound Materials, 1912-1933

 

Container List: 

Series 1: Annual Meetings Reports, braille, 1878-1974

B1:F1: Annual meeting reports original housing, circa 1926-1940

B1:F2: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1878-1899

B1:F3: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1911-1924

B1:F4: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1928-1929

B1:F5: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1930-1934

B1:F6: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1936-1939

B2:F1: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1940, 1944-1948

B2:F2: Annual meeting reports original housing, 1941-1955

B2:F3: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1950-1953

B2:F4: Student Report, braille, 1956

B2:F5: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1954-1955, 1957-1959

B2:F6: Annual meeting reports, braille, 1962

B2:F7: Annual meeting report, braille, 1974

B2:F8: [Likely class report], braille, unknown date

Series 2: Annual Meetings Reports, print, 1885-1975

B2:F9: Annual meeting reports, print, 1885-1889

B2:F10: Annual meeting reports, print, 1890-1891, 1893, 1896-1899

B2:F11: Annual meeting reports, print, 1900-1909

B2:F12: Annual meetings reports, print, 1910-1919

B2:F13: Annual meeting reports, print, 1920-1921, 1923-1927

B2:F14: Annual meeting reports, print, 1936

B2:F15: Annual meeting reports, print, 1941-1948

B3:F1: Class of 1968, 1969, 1970 Reunion packet, print

B3:F2: Annual meeting reports, print, 1971-1976

B3:F3: Annual meeting reports, print, 1975

Series 3: Treasurer’s and Finance Committee Reports, circa 1905-1961

B3:F4: Report of proceedings of the finance committee, handwritten, 1905-1907

B3:F5: Treasurer’s report original housing, 1926

B3:F6: Treasurer’s report, braille, 1926-1929

B3:F7: Treasurer’s report, braille, 1930-1934, 1938

B3:F8: Treasurer’s report, braille, 1940-1949

B3:F9: Treasurer’s report, braille, 1949-1955

B3:F10: Treasurer’s report, braille, 1955-1961

Series 4: Meeting Minutes, 1962-1968

B3:F11: Minutes of the annual meetings, braille, 1962-1964

B3:F12: Executive board minutes, braille, 1964-1965                                                                                                           

B4:F1: Executive board meetings, 1967-1968 [includes committee reports, 1962-1968]

Series 5: Resolutions, 1889-1953

B4:F2: Resolutions, braille, undated, 1889-1956

B4:F3: Resolutions, print, undated, 1929-1933

B4:F4: Founding resolutions, braille, 1953

Series 6: Printed Handouts, undated, circa 1962, 1980, 1989

B4:F5: Certificate of honorary membership, print, undated

B4:F6: Alumni association questionnaire, print, undated

B4:F7: Alumni association constitution, print, circa 1962

B4:F8: Guide to Boston for the Visually Impaired (Ken Stuckey), print, 1980

B4:F9: Recreational Resource Manual, print, 1989

Series 7: Assorted Unidentified Braille Documents, circa 1920-1968

B4:F10: Assorted unidentified documents, braille

Series 8: Memories and talks manuscripts and correspondence, 1899-1933 

B4:F11: Memories and talks, print, undated

B4:F12: Memories and talks, print, June 1899

B4:F13: Letter from Florence Howe Hall to Miss [Hager], June 1, 1903

B4:F14: Letter from Julia Ward Howe to Mrs. Swinerton, circa 1906

B4:F15: Letter from Julia Ward Howe to Miss Swinerton, July 30, 1906 [on death of Michael Anagnos]

B4:F16: Two Letters from Annette B. Clapp, 1910, 1911

B5:F1: Memories and talks, print, June 1912

B5:F2: Memories and talks, print, June 1913

B5:F3: Memories and talks, print, June 1922

B5:F4: Memories and talks, print, June 1923

B5:F5: Memories and talks, print, June 1933 [page 2 only]

B5:F6: Letters from Louise Boudreau to family, square hand, 1935

B5:F7: Letter to Miss Simonds from Eleanor Burt, 1940

B5:F8: Letter from Charlotte Liscomb to Mrs. Draper Liscomb, print, 1949

B5:F9: Diaries, print, 1904-1906

B5:F10: Diaries, print, 1907

B5:F11: Founding of Alumni Association booklet, braille, undated

B5:F12: Tributes and In Memoriam, original housing, 1800-1900

B5:F13: Tributes and In Memoriam, braille, circa 1800s-1900s

B5:F14: Tributes and Correspondence, circa 1900s

B5:F15: Tributes and Memorials, original housing, circa 1900-1950

B5:F16: Tributes and Memorials, braille, circa 1900-1950

B6:F1: Tributes and memorial resolutions, print, circa 1940s-1950s

B6:F2: Mary Grace Knapp Burtt, 1992-1993

B6:F3: Bennett Cottage dedication, June 1913

B6:F4: Tommy Stringer print from Margaret Chapin, 1986

B6:F5: Photograph of Chester S. Keefe, M.D Society plaque honoring Norman Neal Pike, J.D., 1994

B6:F6: Photographs, undated 

Series 9: Reports of the Executive Board, circa 1926-1960

B6:F7: Reports of executive board 1927-1951 original housing, undated

B5: OVERSIZE: Report of executive board, 1954

B6:F8: Reports of executive board, braille, 1926-1929

B6:F9: Reports of executive board, braille, 1930-1937, 1939

B6:F10: Reports of executive board, braille, 1940, 1942-1946, 1948

B6:F11: Reports of executive board, braille, 1951-1953, 1955-1960

Series 10: Clippings, 1898-1968, undated

B6:F12: Deaf-Mute’s Register, 1898

B6:F13: Perkins Industrial Building, 1930

B6:F14: Alumni gift organ to Perkins, 1932

B6:F15: Newspaper clippings, 1957

B6:F16: Hearing and Speech News, 1968

B6:F17: Hymns for Chapel Service, undated

B6:F18: [Unknown braille documents, unknown date]

Series 11: Bound Materials, 1912-1933

B7: Alumnae Association Papers, Letters, and Resolutions, 5 volumes, some multiple copies, June 1912

B8: Alumnae Association Papers, Letters, and Resolutions, 4 volumes, Boston Line Type, 1912

B9: Alumni Association Letters, 1906-1933

B10: Alumni Association scrapbook, 1912-1933

B11: Scrapbook, braille, undated

B12: Alumni Association scrapbook, 1878-1914

B13: Memory Book, braille scrapbook, undated

B14: Memory book, braille scrapbook, undated

B15: Braille scrapbook, braille, undated

B16: Braille scrapbook, braille, undated 

Provenance: 
Perkins School for the Blind
Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind.Alumni Association

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