Papers of Helen Keller, 1932-1939
Papers including a letter, photograph, and article, of Helen Keller, a humanitarian, activist, and author who was deafblind.
- Keller, Helen, 1880-1968 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
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Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Helen Keller as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
The papers of Helen Keller consist of a copy of a letter from Helen Keller to Mr. Hudnut, describing her visit to Scotland and England, when she received an LLD degree from Glasgow University, 1932, and a photograph of Keller, 1935. In addition, the collection contains an article by Keller about George Bernard Shaw, 1933, as well as clippings about Keller, including one about her getting a seeing eye dog.
At the age of nineteen months, due to an attack of scarlet fever, Helen Keller lost her senses of sight and hearing. Keller's parents requested that a teacher from the Perkins Institution in Boston, Massachusetts, be sent to instruct the child soon thereafter. Anne M. Sullivan was sent to Helen's home in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to train her according to the methods of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe. From 1888 onwards, at the Perkins Institution, and under Sarah Fuller at the Horace Mann School in New York, she learned to read, write, and talk, and became proficient to some degree in the ordinary education curriculum, several languages, and mathematics.
In 1900, Keller entered Radcliffe College and graduated cum laude in 1904. After her college education, Keller began working extensively in causes for people who are blind in the United States and internationally. She made many tours and held fund-raising benefits for the American Foundation for the Blind. During and after World War II she focused her efforts on aiding veterans, orphans, and refugees. Various honors, awards, and honorary degrees and citations were conferred upon Keller by foreign governments and civic, educational, and welfare organizations throughout the United States. Keller's writings include: Optimism (1903), "The Song of the Stone Wall" (1910), Helen Keller's Journal (1938), Teacher (1955), and others.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 92-M14
The papers of Helen Keller were given to the library by Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, in 1992.
Processed: February 1992
By: Anne Engelhart
Updated with additional description: June 2020
By: Paula Aloisio
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- Keller, Helen, 1880-1968 (Person)
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