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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

Kevin holds a brailler while a group of people around him take a look, including Shirley Temple.

Remembering former Perkins Director Kevin Lessard

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

Portrait of Emile Pierre Trencheri, 1832.

Emile Trencheri

Edward Kennedy, facing the camera, shaking Richard C. Carlson's hand. Carlson's back is to the camera.

Edward M. Kennedy’s 1988 Perkins Graduation Speech

Photo portrait of Ellen Mazel

Ellen Mazel oral history

Professional portrait of Martha Majors

Martha Majors: Creating waves of impact through mentorship