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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 11

Papers of Helen Keller, 1898-2003


Correspondence, clippings, photographs, etc., of Helen Keller, Radcliffe College Class of 1904.


  • 1898-2003

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


1.67 linear feet ((4 file boxes) plus 2 folio+ folders, 1 folio folder)
This collection consists of Helen Keller's correspondence with the college, correspondence about Keller from the Alumnae Office, clippings collected by the Publicity Office, photographs taken at Radcliffe College functions, and printed material.


Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880. At the age of nineteen months, due to an attack of scarlet fever, she lost her senses of sight and hearing. Her father requested a teacher from the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Anne Sullivan, who had been blind herself, became Keller's teacher, and remained her companion and friend until her death in 1936. From 1888, Keller was educated at the Perkins Institute, and at the Horace Mann school. She learned Braille, and eventually to read, write and speak. She did three years of college preparatory work at the Gilman School in Cambridge and entered Radcliffe College in 1900. With the aid of Anne Sullivan and other tutors, she took a full program of 17 1/2 courses including Mathematics, Latin, French, German, English and History, and graduated cum laude in 1904. After college she worked extensively on behalf of the blind, and for refugees and the disabled after World War II. Keller was a prolific writer. Among her works were two autobiographies: The Story of My Life (1902), and Midstream-My Later Life (1929). Many honors were conferred on Keller by foreign governments, and by civil, educational and welfare organizations throughout the world.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R75-47

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Deceased Alumnae Files (RG IX), Registrar Records, RG XII, Series 6, Box 8, and the Schlesinger Library Collection (176).


  1. Box 1: 1-35a
  2. Box 2: 36-43
  3. Box 3: 47-50
  4. Box 4: 51-52

Processing Information

Processed: September 1979

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
Link to catalog
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968. Papers of Helen Keller, 1898-2003: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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