Perkins Receipts, Vouchers, and Bills Paid Collection

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

Creator: 

Perkins School for the Blind

Date Range: 
1849-1865
Call number: 
AG42
Abstract: 

Receipts, vouchers, and bills paid by Perkins School for the Blind (Perkins Institution) and miscellaneous documents in the form of correspondence, lists, and memoranda.

Extent: 
3.5 linear feet
Language: 
English
Processed by: 

Stephanie Molnar, 2014

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Perkins is the oldest school for the blind in the United States.  Since its incorporation in 1829, it has had a number of different names, as well as various locations in the greater Boston area.  The school was founded by John Dix Fisher and trustees included some of the most prominent figures of early 19th century Boston society, including William Prescott, a blind historian, Colonel Thomas H. Perkins, a well-known China Trade merchant, Edward Brookes, Horace Mann, and members of the Thorndike and Lowell families.  This group persuaded the Massachusetts legislature to sign an act incorporating the New England Asylum for the Blind on March 2, 1829.  Under the leadership of its first director, Samuel Gridley Howe, the New England Asylum for the Blind opened its doors in August of 1832 at 140 Pleasant Street in Boston. In 1833 the school moved to a house on Pearl Street that had been donated by Colonel Thomas Handasyd Perkins, a wealthy merchant and philanthropist.  Perkins later allowed the property to be sold to enable the school to purchase a former hotel in South Boston, and the school moved there in May 1839.  In recognition of his generosity, the Board of Trustees named the school the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind.  In 1887, the second director of Perkins, Michael Anagnos, founded the first kindergarten for the blind, located in Jamaica Plain.  The school moved to its current location in Watertown in 1912, where it is located on a 38.5 acre property on the banks of the Charles River.

Sources of information: 

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

Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Financial Documents Collection, Perkins School for the Blind
Scope/Contents: 

Collection of financial documents related to the business of Perkins School for the Blind, formerly Perkins Institution.  These documents relate commercial business dealings, employee salaries, and travel expenses.  Many of these financial documents include vouchers with illustrated letterhead.  Also included are non-financial documents including memoranda, class lists, and correspondence.  Highlights of the collection include correspondence regarding employee’s salaries, a list of students needing work, a copy of the act establishing the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky, and correspondence addressed to director Samuel Gridley Howe.

Arrangement: 

2 Series, 4 boxes
Series 1: Documents
Series 2: Receipts, Vouchers, and Bills Paid for Steward’s Accounts
Appendix A: Past pupils list, 1832-1854

Container List: 

Series 1: Documents 

B1:F1: Empty packet labels, 4 pieces, n.d.   
B1:F2: Correspondence, Replies to Samuel Gridley Howe’s request for information on other institutions for the blind regarding salary, 4 documents, 1864   
B1:F3: Act to Establish the American Printing House for the Blind, 1 document, n.d.   
B1:F4: Past pupils list with students divided into “Living,” “Doubtful,” and “Dead,” 1 document, 1832-1854. See Appendix A for transcribed list.   
B1:F5: Memorandum of pupils conduct, summer term, 1 document, 1861   
B1:F6: Memorandum of insurance, 1 page, n.d.   
B1:F7: Documents regarding printed materials, 3 pages, n.d.   
B1:F8: Miscellaneous list of names with their residences, 1 page, n.d. 
B1:F9: Memorandum of cost of salaries at Illinois School, 1861, 1 page, 1861   
B1:F10: Memorandum of blind girls needing employment, 1 page, n.d.   
B1:F11: Inventory of stationery and cost lists, 3 pages, n.d.   
B1:F12: Class lists, 4 pages, 1861-1862   
B1:F13: Contracts, 2 pages, 1861-1862   
B1:F14: List of Members of the Corporation, 1 document, n.d.   
B1:F15: Report of the Musical Department for the Summer Term, 1 document, 1862   
B1:F16: Assorted Correspondence to various persons, 7 pages, 1863   
B1F17: Memoranda of food expenses, including packet labels, 8 pages, 1861   
B2:F1: Order for custom organ with Specifications by Samuel Gridley Howe, 1862   
B2:F2: Analysis of Account packet, 1865

Series 2: Receipts, Vouchers, and Bills Paid for Steward’s Accounts 
Examples of items purchased include foodstuffs, sundries, handicraft supplies, educational materials, doctor visits, and travel expenses.   

B1:F18: Receipts, Miscellaneous, grouped together because they are either undated or do not fit into any subsequent series, 16 pages, 1857-1864   
B1:F19: Receipts, Bulk shipping receipts, 30 pages, 1858-1859   
B1:F20-22: Vouchers for Stewards Accounts, no. 1-209, 1849   
B1:F23-28: Vouchers for General Account, no. 198-204, 1849   
B3:F1-7: Vouchers for General Account, no. 205-212, 1849-1850   
B3:F8-17: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 212-1000, 1850-1851   
B3:F18-20: Vouchers for General Account, no. 1001-1186, 1852   
B3:F21: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 1187-1238, 1852   
B3:F22: Vouchers for General Account, no. 1238-1315, 1852   
B3:F23-28: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 1316-1806, 1853-1854   
B3:F29-30: Vouchers, no. 1807-1924, 1854   
B3:F31-32: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 1925-2011, 1854   
B3:F33: Institute for the Blind Vouchers, no. 2012-2102, 1854   
B3:F34-35: Vouchers, no. 2103-2199, 1854   
B3:F36-38: Vouchers for bills, no. 2200-2505, 1855   
B3:F39-46: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 2607-2994, 1855-1856   
B3:F47: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 2995-3071, 1856   

Box 4 
B4:F1-4: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 3072-3292, 1856-1857   
B4:F5-6: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 3293-3403, 1857   
B4:F7-8: Vouchers for bills paid to Steward’s Account, no. 3404-3495, 1857   
B4:F9-11: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 3496-3674, 1857-1858   
B4:F12: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 3675-3704, 1857-1858   
B4:F13-14: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 3729-3916, 1858   
B4:F15: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 3918-3949, 1858   
B4:F16-28: Vouchers, no. 3950-4596 1858-1860   
B4:F29: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 4597-4692, 1860   
B4:F30, Vouchers, no. 4693-4728, 1860   
B4:F31-39: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 4730-5974, 1860-1862   
B4:F40: Vouchers, no. 5975-6058, 1862-1863   
B4:F41: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 6960-6987, 1864   
B4:F42: Vouchers, no. 7047½-7109, 1865   
B4:F43: Vouchers for Steward’s Account, no. 7110-7156, 1864   
B4:F44: Vouchers, no. 7211-7295, 1865   
B4:F45: Vouchers, no. 7296-7351, 1865   
B4:F46-47: Vouchers for bills paid, no. 7352-7420, 1865   
B4:F48-50: Vouchers, no. 7421-7578, 1865
 

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.
Perkins School for the Blind--History.
Howe, S.G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876.
Howe, S.G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876—Correspondence.
Bills of sale—United States.
American Printing House for the Blind (Louisville, Ky.)—History.