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Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA 02472-2751)
Betsy McGinnity (Project Director: July 2011 to October 2015)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$98,007 (approved)
$98,007 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015

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

The arrangement and description of 120 linear feet of archival materials related to the institutional history of the Perkins School for the Blind from the 1830s to 1906.

The Archives at Perkins School for the Blind is a bountiful source of historical material that documents both the evolution of the field of blindness education and of the gradual inclusion of people with visual impairments into the mainstream of American life. Perkins is requesting funding for the arrangement and description of the nineteenth-century documents (1830s-1906) in its Archives, occupying approximately 120 linear feet. At the end of the project, Perkins will have created physical and intellectual control over the most frequently used and information-rich materials in the Research Library Archives, including correspondence, journals, and institutional records. These materials include correspondence and other items written by Helen Keller, Samuel Ward Howe, Charles Dickens, and Horace Mann. With a skilled and experienced Archivist working through the three-year grant period, we plan to follow archival best practices to make this important collection widely accessible.