ocal chapter members of the Protestant Guild for the Blind listening to a talking book in Massachusetts, circa 1940.
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Oral histories

Links to oral histories related to Perkins, including alumni, staff, relatives, trustees and members of the Teacher Training Program and the Educational Leadership Program. The interviewees include alumni who attended as early as the 1930s to Staff who recently retired.

Links to oral histories that relate to Perkins. Interviewees include alumni, staff, relatives, trustees, as well as members of the Teacher Training Program and the Educational Leadership Program. The interviews are listed by grouped type of interviewee and arranged alphabetically by last name. Those with multiple roles such as alumni and staff are listed in both categories. Female students may also include the maiden name used while a student. Information after the link includes brief information about the individual and the length of the interview.

Alumni

Staff

Teacher Training Program

Educational Leadership Program (ELP)

Trustees

Relatives

  • Lamen, Marjorie Abraham interview. Daughter of David Abraham, Perkins staff from 1934-1961. Abraham taught in the Manual Training Department, was chief engineer of the Howe Press, and designer of the Perkins Brailler, 75 minutes long.
  • McRory, ​​Camilla interview. Great-granddaughter of Florence Marion Howe Hall, the daughter of Perkins founding Director Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe.
  • McRory, ​​Margaret interview. Granddaughter of Florence Marion Howe Hall, the daughter of Perkins founding Director Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe.
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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.
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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.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Kindergarten

Exerpt of handwritten letter from Henry David Thoreau.
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A letter from Henry David Thoreau