Perkins Printed Ephemera Collection

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 documents and ephemera printed for Perkins between 1951 and 1957. Topics covered include: ‘Children of the Silent Night’ fundraising for the deafblind program; Perkins’ graduate program for educators for the blind; Perkins Christmas and other annual events; and copies of The Lantern and Retrospect.  

0.5 linear ft
English, some ephemera in Spanish
Processed by: 

Alex McGrath, 2017

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Over the course of the 1950s, Perkins held annual Christmas concerts, open houses, receptions, performances, parenting classes, and graduations. In November 1955, the school changed names from “Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind” to “Perkins School for the Blind.” This collection has materials that refer to both “Perkins Institution” and “Perkins School.” During this period, the Perkins school partnered with Graduate School of Education at Boston University to offer courses and a certificate for teaching blind or deafblind students. In 1957, the School celebrated its 125th anniversary.

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Printed Ephemera Collection, Perkins School for the Blind

This collection is primarily comprised of event fliers, invitations, programs, tickets, stationary, calendars, newsletters, yearbooks, course catalogs, receipts, and, to a lesser extent, correspondence and memos. 


4 Series, 2 boxes arranged topically

This collection is arranged in four series divided by topic and genre. Within each series folders are ordered chronologically.

Series 1: Perkins Events
Series 2: Mailings and Ephemera
Series 3: Publications
Series 4: Administration

Container List: 

Box: 1 
Series 1: Events

B1:F1: Christmas concert tickets and programs, 1952-1955

B1:F2: Event invitations and programs, 1953-1957

B1:F3: Baby school for mothers and their visually handicapped children of preschool age, fliers, 1954-1957

B1:F4: Graduation invitations and programs, 1955-1957

B1:F5: Keller-Macy Cottage dedication invitations and programs, 1956

B1:F6: “The Perkins Story” movie invitations and tickets, 1957

B1:F7: Perkins 125th anniversary programs and ephemera, 1957

Series 2: Mailings and Ephemera
B1:F8: Promotional mailings and general ephemera, 1952-1957

B1:F9: Christmas Cards, 1952-1957

Box: 2
B2:F1: Children of the Silent Night ephemera, 1952-1957

B2:F2: Campus Maps, 1954

B2:F3: Stationary, c. 1952-1957

Series 3: Publications
B2:F4: The Lantern, 1953-1957

B2:F5: Retrospect, 1953, 1955-1957

​B2:F6: Publications on educating the blind, 1952, 1955-6

B2:F7: Children of the Silent Night, Gabriel Farrell, 1956

B2:F8: 125th Annual Report, 1956

Series 4: Administration
B2:F9: Memo about Retrospect, 1953

B2:F10: Educating the Blind, course catalogs and correspondence, 1953-1957

B2:F11: Children of the Silent Night, correspondence, 1954-1957

B2:F12: Printing receipts (1), 1951-1957

B2:F13: Printing receipts (2), 1952-1957

​B2:F14: Note on student council offices, 1956-1957

B2:F15: American Library Association (ALA) Cataloging Rules, 1957

B2:F16: Photocopy of notes found on original boxing

Perkins School for the Blind
Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind--History
Teachers of the blind

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