Perkins Trust Photograph Collection

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


Perkins School for the Blind

Date Range: 
1957-2013, bulk 1980-1999
Call number: 

The collection consists of photographs documenting student activities, special events, initiatives, and educational programming and departments at Perkins from the late 1950s to 2013.

4 linear feet, six 3” O-ring box albums, three 1.5 O-ring box albums, 1 print box for oversize photographs, ½ sized document case for negatives.
Processed by: 

Jen Hale, 2015, updated by Jen Hale in 2016 and updated again by Jen Hale in 2019 to include an abstract, historical note, more detailed extent and group portraits of Perkins Board of Trustees members in box 3. 

Biographical/Historical notes: 

The Perkins Trust was created in 2007 and works to fund Perkins programs through philanthropy. 

Restricted to internal use due to student privacy.
Credit line/Citation: 
Perkins Trust Photograph Collection, Perkins School for the Blind

This collection spans the years 1957-2013, the bulk dating from 1980 through 1999. It contains color and black and white photographs, negatives, and 35 mm slides. Subjects photographed include Perkins students, staff, and board members, projects, programs, graduations, adult services, Howe Press, school activities, and notable persons. Notable people include, President George Bush, Ted Kennedy, Bobby Orr, Ray Charles, and Robert Smithdas. There are also a few related items included with the photographs, such as a brochure and newspaper clipping. Some photographs are reproductions of material from the 1930s and earlier.


1 Series, 12 boxes in original order, primarily in alphabetical order by topic

Container List: 

Box 1:
Blind Babies Foundation, San Francisco, CA, undated

Blind Children’s Center, Los Angeles, CA, undated

Boy Scout black and white photographs, undated

Development/PR Office photographs and negatives, including a reproduction of a David Abraham photograph from 1930s, undated

Howe Press display boards for Corporation Day, 1984

Foundation for the Junior Blind, L.A., CA, undated

Gallagher, Bill, photographs and negatives of him as Perkins student and leader at the American Foundation for the Blind, undated

Graduation black and white photographs, 1988

Hilton building booklet negatives, undated

Hilton building dedication program and photographs of President George Bush, 1994

Hilton Program, Perkins campus, circa 1990, 1995

Hilton, Conrad portrait slide, undated

HP [Hilton Perkins] slides for a presentation, 1990-1999

Horticulture photos [also labeled Horticulture Therapy Handbook: 1993], circa 1993, 2001

Jane Atwood black and white photos, 1983

Box 2:
Foundation for the Junior Blind, undated

Various photographs of Perkins students, campus, and Ted Kennedy, circa 1987, 1988

National Conference on Deaf-blindness contact sheets, 1992

Navajo Project, circa 1993

Pappas Greenhouse and weight room equipment negatives, undated

Playground, Bradlee Field, undated

Preschool, circa 1994

Box 3:

Horticultural Therapy Handbook, 1993

Julie O'Neil, 1990

Perkins Board of Trustees Portraits, 2005-2007, 2010-2011


Box 4:

William Gibson

Edward Allen, Jr.

Ray Charles

Anne Bancroft

Mary Grace Knap Burtt (alumni)

Up with People

Perkins Choir, Kathleen Kelleher

Willie Whistle

Charles Winchell (alumni)

Joseph P. Lash, Jaimie Lard

Bobby Orr

Sina Fladeland Waterhouse

Robert Smithdas, Tom Sullivan

Patty Duke

Sidewalk Sam

Ted Kennedy, Joe Kennedy

George Bush, Hiltons

Box 5:

Lower school, circa 1960-1999

Lower school, circa 1980-1993

Lower school, circa 1980-1999

Box 6:
Lower school, circa 1980-1999

Secondary school, circa 1960-1999

Secondary school, circa 1980-1993

Box 7:
Howe Press, circa 1960-1999

Deafblind program, circa 1960-1999

Deafblind program, circa 1960-1999

Program supervisors, circa 1960-1999

Recycling, circa 1980-1999

Recycling, circa 1993

Adult services, circa 1960-1999

Box 8:
Circus clowns, circa 1990

Track meet, circa 1980-1999

Braille Talking Book Library, circa 1960-1999

Donations, circa 1986

Infant toddler program, circa 1960-1999

Infant toddler program, circa 1970-1999

Box 9:
Campus, circa 1910-1999

Employee recognition, circa 1970-1999

Howe Press, 1992 (Delis Etienne & Perkins Brailler)

​John Dix Fisher's Grave, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 1979 [includes photocopy of news story]

Interior/globe, undated 1994

Director's Office, undated, 1957

Head injury adult services, July 1987

Education Leadership Program graduation, 1995

Infant Toddler Program, circa 1970-1999

Deafblind program, circa 1960-1999

Lower school, 1980-1993

Sidewalk Sam, Ect., contact sheet

Bobby Orr, contact sheet, 1981

Willie Whistle, lower school, contact sheet

Blind Babies Foundation

Box 11:
D. Delpolio View Book

​Personalities-- Bobby Orr, 1981

Personalities-- Ray Charles, 1982

Personalities-- Ray Charles, 1982

Personalities-- Sidewalk Sam, ect.

Personalities-- UP with People, space shuttle, Ken Stuckey 1986

Personalities-- Edward Allen, Jr.

Personalities-- Willie Whistle/Lower School, 1986



Preschool #29 Bobby from preschool file

Preschool #11 Tommy from preschool file

Recycling, circa 1993

Recycling, circa 1993

Track meet, circa 1980-1999


Box 12:
Director's Office, 4x5 negatives, undated, 1957

​Adults working on wood boat, 2x4 negative, circa 1960-1999

Head Injury Adult Services, 8x10 negatives, 1987

This collection was transferred to Perkins Archives by the Perkins Trust Department.
Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

Student activities.


Trusts and trustees.

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