Sarah Lane Collection

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

A woman sitting in a room looking out the window.

Sarah Lane, Librarian, in her room at the Perkins Institution in South Boston, Massachusetts



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1 linear foot
Processed by: 

Molly Stothert-Maurer

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Sarah Lane (1835-1934) held several positions at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind (now Perkins School for the Blind), including housekeeper (1875-1880), librarian (1880-1911), and Treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary Committee to the Kindergarten for the Blind (1895 to 1909).  She developed personal relationships with a number of significant people at Perkins, including Samuel Gridley Howe, Julia Ward Howe, Laura Bridgman, Michael Anagnos, Annie Sullivan, and Helen Keller, and the collection includes correspondence and artifacts documenting these.

Sources of information: 

Tilton, Asa Currier (1934). “Sarah Elizabeth Lane”.

Credit line/Citation: 
Sarah Lane Collection, Perkins School for the Blind.

1 series, 4 boxes

Container List: 

Box 1: Loose Items: items removed from bound volume in box 2: correspondence, clippings, photographs, lace, documents, 1863-1934

Folder 1: Letter from Julia Ward Howe to S. Lane, 1906

Folder 2: Letter from Frank. B. Morris to S. Lane, 1906
Letter from Willie Elizabeth Robin to S. Lane, 1906

Folder 3: Photograph of S. Lane by window, note on back “Aunt Sarah Lane, Her room at
Perkins Institution So. Boston, Mass. Daughter of David Lane, Aunt of F. E. Andrews”, n. d.
Photograph of tactile botany related objects, n. d.
Photograph of S. Lane in museum of Perkins Institution for the Blind, n. d.
Clipping: The Miracle of Laura Bridgman, by Richard Blaine McCornack, “New Hampshire Profiles.
Clipping: Helen Keller with Judge Bledsoe, n. d.

Folder 4: Clippings: Thanksgiving, 1863

Folder 5: Letters to S. Lane from Laura Bridgman, 1888

Folder 6: Letter to S. Lane from Helen Keller, 1880, 1891

Folder 7: Pages with Boston Line Type, “Take care of the little blind children”, by S. Lane (S. E. L.), work requested by Anagnos for Julia Romana Anagnos tabled placed in the Kindergarten School, 2 copies, n. d.
program “Dedication of the New Library Building”, 1892, 

Folder 8: Letter from Cora Currier Jilla [?] to Miss Andrews re: biographical sketch of Sarah  Lane, 1934
Resolution in memory of S. Lane, 1934

Folder 9: Correspondence fragment from vision-impaired author, n. d.

Folder 10: Dedication of the Kindergarten for the Blind, program, 1887

Box 2: Leather bound volume, embossed “S. E. Lane”. Mostly newspaper clippings about Perkins, the research library, Laura Bridgman and Helen Keller, some original correspondence from Helen Keller and Laura Bridgman, 1881-1920

Box 3: Bound volume/scrapbook: “History of the Howe Memorial Press and Library of Embossed Books” by Sarah E. Lane, 1910-1911

Box 4: Book: Perkins Institution Special Reference Library of Books Relating to the Blind, Sarah E. Lane, 1912. Handwritten journal with information about the library and some clippings and other ephemera pasted in. Circulation card on inside back cover.

Subject Headings: 

Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind
Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind. Kindergarten for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind--History.
South Boston (Boston, Mass.)--History.

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