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Three students displaying models of the solar system and constellations made from plastecine. Two of the students are holding up the models and one student is standing next to the table.

The 1925 Solar Eclipse at Perkins

Two tiled portraits. On the left, a photographic portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner from 1888 courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. On the right, a group photographic portrait of the young students and on the steps of the Kindergarten for the Blind, circa 1893.

Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Kindergarten

Exerpt of handwritten letter from Henry David Thoreau.

A letter from Henry David Thoreau

Charles Lindsay with his uniformed driver, George S. Harvey. Both men are wearing long coats and hats, Lindsay in a bowler hat. Lindsay has his hand on Harvey's elbow, in a sighted guide position. There is an old-style car behind them.

Sir Charles William Lindsay

Howe Building in the snow in 1913.

Memories of a Perkins’ winter wonderland

Richard Chapman and Claude Ellis running in a race.

Richard Chapman oral history (2023)

Portrait of George Roukey, a white man, wearing a suit and tie. He is wearing dark glasses.

The unexpected discovery of a blind ancestor named George

Five boys sit at a wooden table each occupied in reading or writing with embossed books, braillers, slate and stylus, and an activity board.

National History Day 2024 in the Perkins Archives

Tiled portrait of Augustus Saint-Gaudens painted portrait and photographic portrait of Anna Lyman Gray.

Anna Lyman Gray and Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Excerpt of handwritten committee report

Admitting Black students at Perkins in the 1830s

View of Perkins Institution campus from across the Perkins Pond. A boat with two instructors and about seven boys is at the center of the pond. Two of the boys, one in the bow and one in the stern, have their arms over the side of the boat with their fingers in the water. Another group of students sit on the grassy banks. Circa 1914.

The Perkins Pond

Portrait of Lady Campbell. In three-quarter profile with hair parted down the middle and braided in the back. Wearing a dress with lace collar and dark lacy shawl.

Lady Campbell