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From the Archive: Reparative Description and the Power of Language

Note to the reader: this blog contains outdated historical terms for schools for the blind which are now deemed offensive....

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A Birthday Gift With a History

When Helen Keller celebrated her fourteenth birthday at the home of Alexander Graham Bell on June 27, 1894, she received...

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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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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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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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Piney Woods Country Life School

For a small exhibit this fall I researched two Hall of Fame recipients, Dr. Laurence C. Jones and Martha Morrow...

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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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Why We Celebrate Helen

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson awarded Helen Keller the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award...

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The Chair Went Out the Window

Museum objects and their stories are codependent. The artifact is the real deal. After all, it was there when history...

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Helen Likes Beer

“Helen,” she said superfluously, “does like beer.” That about sums up Helen Keller… That’s not what people expected to read...

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Telegrams

Learn more about the Western Union Telegram to Helen Keller above on AFB Helen Keller Archive Online.    Documents in...

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