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An Amazing Discovery: Laura Bridgman

While working my way through a series in the American Foundation for the Blind collection called “Education, Rehab, and Welfare,”...

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Series 3: Unprocessed

When the AFB Helen Keller Archive arrived at APH, we found a few boxes labeled “Series 3: Unprocessed.” These unprocessed...

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Dr. Joseph Himes: A Black History Month Profile

In my work cataloging the materials in the AFB Helen Keller Archive, I’ve come across  hundreds of folders with the...

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Preserving a Panorama: A Conservation Journey

Have you ever stored something rolled up? Maybe that poster you bought at a concert years ago that you tucked...

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The History of Puzzle Maps

When I first started working in the museum at APH in 2005, I’d often commandeer my young son and nephews...

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Helen Keller and the Stoney Nakoda Nation

In September of 2021, the AFB Helen Keller Archive received a handful of Helen Keller artifacts that had been discovered...

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A Journey from Braille to Print: Rediscovered 19th Century French Organ Music

Chipping away at the backlog of unprocessed collections (there’s always a backlog in archives), I came across four spiral-bound volumes...

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The Carrier’s Address

I stumbled across something interesting while cataloging the archives of the Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni Association yesterday. Historians...

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You Must Remember This: Research in the APH archives

In my previous position at a university archive, I worked closely with researchers. My colleagues and I helped these researchers...

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Christmas Letters to Helen

In 1933, Miss Elizabeth Aitkin sent Helen Keller a handful of letters from her third and fourth grade classes in...

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Lessons in Labels

In my nearly 20-year career in the museum field, I have been a part of an exhibit team, helped locate...

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Math Accessibility Through History

I like numbers. I think the way they dance around and make different, almost mystical combinations is cool. (Hang with...

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A Lot of Dots

Photos above from Museum Archives: Hall braillewriter 1892; APH employees typing braille printing plates with stereograph machines, c. 1945; detail...

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Hellen Keller, My Religion, and Lillian Gish

In My Religion, published in 1927, Helen Keller spelled out her religious beliefs to the world. Helen was an ardent...

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How the Helen Keller Archive Began

When I started working in the AFB (American Foundation for the Blind) Helen Keller Archive at APH in October of...

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