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Collage of Laura Bridgman collection

Digital collections on the Perkins Archives Flickr page

Collage of Perkins Films

Perkins films

Elizabeth McClellan, a child born both deaf and blind due to a rubella infection, learned new communication skills after coming to Perkins.

Throughout history, Perkins emerges stronger from world-changing events

Seated portrait of Jessica Langworthy, circa 1936. There is a Japanese style artwork showing bamboo in the background. She is wearing a sweater and blouse. Langworthy has round wire-framed glasses on. Her hair is styled in finger waves.

A legacy of teaching students and teaching teachers

Student working at a wooden table with a braille writer and an open braille book.

Barriers being broken

A color film still showing Perkins students performing in the Deafblind Circus. A caged circus wagon sits in front of an audience. Inside is a student in a lion costume. Another student dressed like a lion tamer stands nearby.

Deaf-Blind Circus, 1969