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Coverage for grant PW-51055-12

Arranging, Describing, and Creating Access to the Archives at Perkins School for the Blind
Betsy McGinnity, Perkins School for the Blind

Grant details:

Helen Keller’s Handwritten History Now Open to View Online (Media Coverage)
Publication: Past is Present, blog, American Antiquarian Society
Date: 10/19/2012
Abstract: For the first time ever, the extensive 1880s-era correspondence between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan and Sullivan’s mentor at Perkins School for the Blind, Michael Anagnos, are available online. An unusual collaboration between the American Antiquarian Society and Perkins harnesses the power of social media to create a revealing new online exhibit that unites previously separate collections in a single online showcase.

A Treasure Trove of Archives (Media Coverage)
Publication: Perspectives
Date: 11/11/2013
Abstract: Thanks to a grant Perkins received two years ago from the National Endowment for Humanities to assess the collection’s 19th century items, the public can now visit to view high-resolution images of everything from Henry David Thoreau’s job application to correspondence between Mark Twain and Helen Keller.

New Deafblind History Collections on Digital Commonwealth (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Molly Stothert-Maurer
Publication: Digital Commonwealth News & Announcements
Date: 8/3/2015
Abstract: The Perkins School for the Blind Archives recently added four new collections to the Digital Commonwealth Repository. These collections are important primary resources including photographs of Helen Keller, from childhood through adulthood, correspondence from Anne Sullivan (including her first letter describing her arrival in Tuscumbia, AL when she first met Helen Keller), and a look at deafblind education from the perspective of another Perkins student, Carmela Otero, whose life remained out of the public eye as Keller’s was.

Perkins announces the release of the Laura Bridgman Online Collection (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Charlotte Cushman
Publication: The Driving Force: AER Itinerant Personnel News Journal
Date: 8/30/2013
Abstract: Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Perkins has been working to make the Bridgman Collection more widely available through multiple means online. The full listing of the collection can be seen in the finding aid through the Perkins Archives site. In addition, a collection of portraits, photos of textiles and personal items, and selected writings are available in a Flickr collection. As additional materials are scanned and transcribed, they will be added. Perkins has also digitized four volumes of scrapbooks related to Laura Bridgman and they are available to browse online through the Internet Archive.