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Perkins films

This collection of films were produced by Perkins School for the Blind and are part of the Perkins Archives collections.

Collage of Perkins Films

The films span 1923-1985 and document evolving educational techniques, changing student populations, school events and advocacy for those affected by blindness and deafblindness. The films are provided with audio description, closed captioning, and include a downloadable transcript of the film. This collection of films will continue to grow. Please check back for more accessible Perkins Archives films or contact [email protected] for more information.

Films from Perkins

Digitized films from the Perkins School for the Blind Collection in Watertown, Massachusetts. These films were produced by Perkins from 1923 to 1985. They highlight student life and education at Perkins, as well as successful adults. The film, Legacy of Anne Sullivan, was produced in cooperation with the Industrial Home for the Blind in New York, now called Helen Keller Services for the blind.

Links by title and year to the full-length film on the internet archive website: 
Visit Perkins’ homepage on the internet archive at

Light For All, 1923
Perkins Institution, 1933
The Perkins Story, 1957
Children of the Silent Night, 1961 
Legacy of Anne Sullivan, 1968
The Perkins Story Adapting to Change, 1977
Realities of Blindness-The Perkins Experience, 1972
Perkins…Challenging, Changing, Growing, 1985

Examples of digitized materials on Flickr

Digital collections on the Perkins Archives Flickr site