Pages from the 1833-1880 Perkins Scrapbook

Digitized Perkins Institution scrapbooks

Collection of scrapbooks of clippings with articles about Perkins Institution, now Perkins School for the Blind, spanning 1833-1957.


Our goal is provide resources that are accessible to all

The “Perkins Institution” scrapbooks 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. 

Perkins Institution scrapbooks on the Internet Archive

Links to scrapbooks are arranged by volume followed by years, earliest to latest. There are 50 volumes total spanning 1833-1957.

The school was named the New England Institution for the Education of the Blind from 1832-1839, Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind from 1839-1877, Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind from 1877-1955, and Perkins School for the Blind from 1955 until today.

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