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AFB’s Prestigious M.C. Migel Memorial Library is Moving to the American Printing House for the Blind

NEW YORK (August 26, 2009)–The M.C. Migel Library of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), one of the largest and most important research collections on the non-medical aspects of blindness and visual impairment in the world, will be moving to the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)–the world’s largest provider of accessible educational and daily living products, with over 150 years of service. APH was one of several organizations that applied for the collection when AFB decided to move it to another venue that could continue to make it widely available to students and professionals in the field of blindness.

"We selected APH to house the Migel Library because it is a repository of knowledge and is committed to preserving and expanding its book collection," said Carl R. Augusto, President & CEO at AFB. "With APH’s popular annual meeting and its connection to a number of university prep programs, we are confident these important books will continue to educate people in our field for years to come."

"We are pleased to continue AFB’s legacy of collecting significant materials for the benefit of the field of blindness," said Dr. Tuck Tinsley, President of APH. "APH is committed to providing information to educators, administrators, and students across the nation. The Migel Library will enhance and complement other collections at APH, which include the Barr Library, APH Museum collection, Braille Authority of North America Archives, AER Warren Bledsoe Orientation and Mobility Archives, and several online data bases."

For over 75 years, the M.C. Migel Memorial Library has been providing scholars, researchers, practitioners, students, and consumers with a centralized source of materials related to blindness and visual impairment. The Migel Library collection contains items on aging, orientation and mobility, education, employment, and rehabilitation. It also includes a collection of items relating to deaf-blindness, fictional titles that feature blind or visually impaired characters, books on Helen Keller, children’s books that touch on blindness and visual impairment, and many important AFB publications dating back to the 1920s. The Library contains approximately 40,000 volumes in its holdings, including a number of current titles and many out-of-print and historic titles. The Migel Rare Books Collection, which serves as a political, social, and educational chronicle of blindness in western civilization in the latter part of the 2nd millennium, will remain at AFB along with the Helen Keller Archives, the AFB and Talking Book Archives, and the Bertrand Lowenfeld and Josephine L. Taylor Archives.

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About the American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

About the American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind, founded in 1858, is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and the world’s largest not-for-profit company that creates educational, workplace, and life-style products for blind and visually impaired people.

APH’s mission is to promote independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. It is home to several national resources, including the APH Louis database, which contains information on more than 200,000 textbook titles in accessible formats for K-12 students, as well as some titles on the post-secondary levels, the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends in the Field of Blindness, and the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, which presents the international history of blindness education.


Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications

Roberta Williams
APH Communications