Correspondence volumes and boxes

Digitized correspondence collection

Guide to digitized letters from the Perkins Correspondence Collection spanning 1828-1920.


Our goal is to provide resources that are accessible to all

Several volumes and boxes of the “Perkins Correspondence Collection” have been digitized and made available on the Internet Archive website, which utilizes optical character recognition (OCR) and downloadable file formats, including Daisy, to provide access to users who are blind and visually impaired. We acknowledge that OCR is prone to errors and cannot recognize graphics or handwritten text, thus creating barriers to these materials. It is our intention that by providing the materials as is, the resource is findable online to all. If any of Perkins Archives resources accessed online aren’t accessible, in part or in whole, to a user because of a disability, we will create an accessible version upon request. 

Collection scope

This guide is for digitized letters from the Perkins Correspondence Collection spanning 1828-1920. The collection includes incoming and facsimiles of outgoing correspondence to and from Perkins and transcriptions of correspondence indices. The collection is predominantly general correspondence addressed to the school or to the school director. Includes many notable correspondents, including Anne Sullivan, Dorothea Dix, Henry David Thoreau, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Charles Dickens.

Collection access

Transcribed correspondence indices are divided into incoming and outgoing correspondence and grouped by date ranges from earliest to latest. Volumes include links to indices, then digitized correspondence volumes and boxes if available. Not all resources in this collection have been digitized. The full list of correspondence is available on the Perkins Correspondence Collection finding aid.

Incoming correspondence, 1828-1853

Incoming correspondence, 1854-1873

Incoming correspondence, 1873-1884

Incoming correspondence, 1884-1888

Incoming correspondence, 1888-1893

Incoming correspondence, 1894-1898

Incoming correspondence, 1899-1903

Incoming correspondence, 1903-1906

Incoming correspondence, 1906-1909

Incoming correspondence, 1909-1910

Outgoing correspondece, 1892-1920

List of six volumes of bound facsimiles of correspondence sent from Perkins Directors or staff.

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