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Helen Keller EAD

Helen Keller Archives


Detailed Description of the Collection


Series 1: General Correspondence
1878 - 1998
209 manuscript boxes

Subseries 2: Advocacy and work
1887 - 1984
This subseries contains correspondence, memoranda, and itineraries resulting from her work for the blind as a private individual, beginning in 1906, and then as an employee of AFB as of 1924. This series is rich in information for scholars of visual impairment and American cultural history. Subjects are as follows: Affiliations, Events, Legislation, and Travel. The Affiliations files document her work with AFB and her association with other leading blind and deaf-blind organizations as well as social, political, and literary organizations from 1890 onwards. The Events files describe her visits to military hospitals during World War II as well as dedications and functions that she attended during her work for the blind and deaf-blind. The Legislation files document her national work to implement change through legislation at the state and federal levels. Keller's travel to thirty-nine countries are documented in the Travel files that are contained in this subseries, including detailed itineraries and correspondence with various government and civic leaders.

Box 20 Folder 1

Affiliations: A - General
1908 - 1958


Box 20 Folder 2

Affiliations: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
1914 - 1959


Box 20 Folder 3

Affiliations: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
1960 - 1969


Box 20 Folder 4

Affiliations: American Academy of Arts and Letters
1933 - 1964


Box 20 Folder 5

Affiliations: American Academy of Arts and Letters
1965 - 1966


Box 20 Folder 6

Affiliations: American Academy of Arts and Letters
1967 - 1976


Box 20 Folder 7

Affiliations: American Bible Society
1922 - 1960


Box 20 Folder 8

Affiliations: American Bible Society
1961 - 1982


Box 20 Folder 9

Affiliations: American Civil Liberties Union
1919 - 1977


Box 20 Folder 10

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Administrative materials - seals and stamps
1937 - 1955


Box 21 Folder 1

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind: Administrative materials - brass plates, form letters, acknowledgement cards
1960 - 1965


Box 21 Folder 2

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Appeal letter samples
1945 - 1964


Box 21 Folder 3

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising reports
1924 - 1926


Box 21 Folder 4

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising reports
1932


Box 21 Folder 5

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising reports
1932


Box 21 Folder 6

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising reports
1933


Box 21 Folder 7

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising reports
1933 - 1942


Box 21 Folder 8

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising reports
1934 - 1937


Box 22 Folder 1

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising report
1934


Box 22 Folder 2

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous fundraising documents
1937 - 1978


Box 22 Folder 3

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1923


Box 22 Folder 4

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1923 - 1924


Box 22 Folder 5

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1925


Box 22 Folder 6

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1926


Box 22 Folder 7

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1927 - 1929


Box 23 Folder 1

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1930 - 1931


Box 23 Folder 2

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1932


Box 23 Folder 3

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1932


Box 23 Folder 4

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1933


Box 23 Folder 5

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1934 - 1935


Box 23 Folder 6

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Fundraising
1936


Box 23 Folder 7

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Tribute
1937


Box 23 Folder 8

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Tribute
1937


Box 24 Folder 1

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Tribute
1937 - 1938


Box 24 Folder 2

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Tribute
1938


Box 24 Folder 3

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1938


Box 24 Folder 4

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1939 - 1940


Box 24 Folder 5

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1941


Box 24 Folder 6

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1942


Box 24 Folder 7

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1943 - 1946


Box 24 Folder 8

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1947 - 1949


Box 25 Folder 1

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1950 - 1955


Box 25 Folder 2

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1956 - 1959


Box 25 Folder 3

Affiliations: American Foundation for the Blind - Miscellaneous correspondence
1960 - 1982


Box 25 Folder 4

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind - Permanent Blind Relief War Fund
1916 - 1917


Box 25 Folder 5

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind - Permanent Blind Relief War Fund
1918-1977


Box 25 Folder 6

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind
1946 - 1947


Box 26 Folder 1

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind
1948 - 1950


Box 26 Folder 2

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind
1951 - 1954


Box 26 Folder 3

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind
1952 - 1972


Box 26 Folder 4

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind
1955 - 1957


Box 26 Folder 5

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind - Helen Keller Crusade for the Blind
1955-1964


Box 26 Folder 6

Affiliations: American Foundation for Overseas Blind
1958 - 1980


Box 26 Folder 7

Affiliations: American Rescue Mission Ship
1941


Box 27 Folder 1

Affiliations: Associations for the Deaf and Mute in Israel
1952 - 1967


Box 27 Folder 2

Affiliations: B - General
1948 - 1955


Box 27 Folder 3

Affiliations: Better Vision Institute
1931 - 1977


Box 27 Folder 4

Affiliations: British Empire Society for the Blind
1950 - 1957


Box 27 Folder 5

Affiliations: C - General
1952 - 1960


Box 27 Folder 6

Affiliations: Cambridge School for Young Ladies
1897 - 1902


Box 27 Folder 7

Affiliations: Connecticut Society for the Prevention of Blindness
1955 - 1966


Box 27 Folder 8

Affiliations: Cosmopolitan Club
1949 - 1980


Box 27 Folder 9

Affiliations: Delta Epsilon
1953 - 1960


Box 27 Folder 10

Affiliations: East Japan Helen Keller Foundation
1950


Box 27 Folder 11

Affiliations: Eugene Field Society
1939


Box 27 Folder 12

Affiliations: Elbyrne G. Gill Eye and Ear Foundation
1952 - 1971


Box 27 Folder 13

Affiliations: Hajji Baba Club
1942 - 1949


Box 27 Folder 14

Affiliations: Hajji Baba Club
1951 - 1966


Box 27 Folder 15

Affiliations: Hall of Fame of Great Americans, New York University
1933 - 1961


Box 28 Folder 1

Affiliations: Harmon Foundation
1927 - 1931


Box 28 Folder 2

Affiliations: Harvard Club and College
1964 - 1966


Box 28 Folder 3

Affiliations: Helen Keller Foundation for the Blind of Japan
1948 - 1968


Box 28 Folder 4

Affiliations: Helen Keller Home for Blind Children, Samara, USSR
1923 - 1925


Box 28 Folder 5

Affiliations: Helen Keller Home for the Deaf, Israel
1952 - 1965


Box 28 Folder 6

Affiliations: Horace Mann School for the Deaf
1890 - 1967


Box 28 Folder 7

Affiliations: Industrial Home for the Blind, Brooklyn, New York
1943 - 1957


Box 28 Folder 8

Affiliations: Industrial Home for the Blind
1958 - 1980


Box 29 Folder 1

Affiliations: Institution for the Chinese Blind
1938 - 1943


Box 29 Folder 2

Affiliations: Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, India
1918 - 1930


Box 29 Folder 3

Affiliations: Israel Foundation for Guide Dogs for the Blind
1959


Box 29 Folder 4

Affiliations: John Milton Society
1932 - 1948


Box 29 Folder 5

Affiliations: John Milton Society
1949 - 1957


Box 29 Folder 6

Affiliations: John Milton Society
1958 - 1984


Box 29 Folder 7

Affiliations: Kindergarten for the Blind, Boston, Massachusetts
1892 - 1950


Box 29 Folder 8

Affiliations: Lend-A-Hand Society
No Date


Box 29 Folder 9

Affiliations: Lions International
1925 - 1984


Box 29 Folder 10

Affiliations: M - General
1906 - 1956


Box 29 Folder 11

Affiliations: Mark Twain Society and Memorial
1952 - 1978


Box 30 Folder 1

Affiliations: N - General
1927 - 1968


Box 30 Folder 2

Affiliations: National League of American Pen Women
1958


Box 30 Folder 3

Affiliations: National Society for the Prevention of Blindness
1924 - 1968


Box 30 Folder 4

Affiliations: New York Association for the Blind (The Lighthouse)
1906 - 1937


Box 30 Folder 5

Affiliations: New York Association for the Blind (The Lighthouse)
1948 - 1966


Box 30 Folder 6

Affiliations: Nippon Lighthouse Welfare Center for the Blind
1935 - 1948


Box 30 Folder 7

Affiliations: Nippon Lighthouse Welfare Center for the Blind
1949 - 1954


Box 30 Folder 8

Affiliations: Nippon Lighthouse Welfare Center for the Blind
1954 - 1982


Box 31 Folder 1

Affiliations: Ophthalmological Foundation
1948 - 1961


Box 31 Folder 2

Affiliations: Palestine Lighthouse
1935 - 1953


Box 31 Folder 3

Affiliations: Perkins School for the Blind
1887 - 1906


Box 31 Folder 4

Affiliations: Perkins School for the Blind
1937 - 1966


Box 31 Folder 5

Affiliations: Perkins School for the Blind
1973 - 1984


Box 31 Folder 6

Affiliations: Phi Beta Kappa
1933 - 1964


Box 31 Folder 7

Affiliations: Pilot Club
1952


Box 31 Folder 8

Affiliations: President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped
1950 - 1977


Box 32 Folder 1

Affiliations: Radcliffe College Class Papers, Folio I
1900 - 1904


Box 32 Folder 2

Affiliations: Radcliffe College Class Papers, Folio II
1903 - 1904


Box 32 Folder 3

Affiliations: Radcliffe College Class Papers, Folio III
1899 - 1901


Box 32 Folder 4

Affiliations: Radcliffe College Class Papers, Folio IV
1900 - 1904


Box 32 Folder 5

Affiliations: Radcliffe College Class Papers Folio, V
1900 - 1904


Box 32 Folder 6

Affiliations: Radcliffe College
1899 - 1936


Box 32 Folder 7

Affiliations: Radcliffe College
1947 - 1959


Box 32 Folder 8

Affiliations: Radcliffe College
1960 - 1974


Box 32 Folder 9

Affiliations: Radcliffe College
1975 - 1984


Box 33 Folder 1

Affiliations: Royal National Institute of the Blind
1923 - 1980


Box 33 Folder 2

Affiliations: Socialist Party of America
1912 - 1979


Box 33 Folder 3

Affiliations: S - General
1919 - 1958


Box 33 Folder 4

Affiliations: U - General
1962 - 1967


Box 33 Folder 5

Affiliations: United Nations
1949 - 1974


Box 33 Folder 6

Affiliations: Variety Clubs International
1956 - 1960


Box 33 Folder 7

Affiliations: Women's Club of Forest Hills
1959 - 1968


Box 33 Folder 8

Affiliations: World Council for the Welfare of the Blind
1929 - 1931


Box 33 Folder 9

Affiliations: World Council for the Welfare of the Blind
1951 - 1959


Box 33 Folder 10

Affiliations: W - General
1938 - 1952


Box 34 Folder 1

Events: Miscellaneous
1901 - 1983


Box 34 Folder 2

Events: Anniversary - Fiftieth Anniversary meeting of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy
1937 - 1938


Box 34 Folder 3

Events: Anniversary - Fiftieth Anniversary meeting of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy
1938


Box 34 Folder 4

Events: Dedication - California School for the Blind, Dedication of Deaf-Blind Department
1949 - 1950


Box 34 Folder 5

Events: Dedication - Kansas Rehabilitation Center for the Blind
1949


Box 34 Folder 6

Events: Dedication - Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind
1955 - 1979


Box 34 Folder 7

Events: Fundraising - Allen County (Indiana) Committee for the Blind
1949


Box 34 Folder 8

Events: Lecture Tour
1914 - 1917


Box 34 Folder 9

Events: Meeting/Dinner Function - Pleiades Club Dinner
1932


Box 34 Folder 10

Events: Meeting/Dinner Function - Cleveland Society for the Blind Annual Meeting
1951 - 1952


Box 34 Folder 11

Events: Meeting/Dinner Function - Lions International Convention
1953


Box 34 Folder 12

Events: Meeting/Dinner Function - Rotary International Congress
1955 - 1957


Box 35 Folder 1

Events: Military - Veterans (general)
1919 - 1945


Box 35 Folder 2

Events: Military - Visits to Armed Forces
1944


Box 35 Folder 3

Events: Military - Visits to Armed Forces, January - August 1945
1945


Box 35 Folder 4

Events: Military - Visits to Armed Forces, September 1945 - September 1949
1945 - 1981


Box 35 Folder 5

Events: Visit to Empire State Building, New York City
1931 - 1937


Box 35 Folder 6

Events: Visits to Bell Telephone Laboratories
1948 - 1950


Box 35 Folder 7

Helen Keller Room at American Foundation for the Blind
1932 - 1979


Box 36 Folder 1

Legislation: Federal - General
1927 - 1967


Box 36 Folder 2

Legislation: Federal - Library services for the blind
1930 - 1937


Box 36 Folder 3

Legislation: Federal - Research against blindness
1958 - 1960


Box 36 Folder 4

Legislation: Federal - Social Security Act - Title X
1935 - 1946


Box 36 Folder 5

Legislation: State - General
1905 - 1949


Box 36 Folder 6

Legislation: State - General
1937 - 1961


Box 36 Folder 7

Travel: General
1934 - 1960


Box 36 Folder 8

Travel: Yugoslavia Tour
1931


Box 36 Folder 9

Travel: England and Scotland Tour, March - May 1932
1932


Box 36 Folder 10

Travel: England and Scotland Tour, June 1932
1932


Box 36 Folder 11

Travel: England and Scotland Tour, July 1932
1932


Box 36 Folder 12

Travel: England and Scotland Tour, August - November 1932
1932 - 1984


Box 37 Folder 1

Travel: England and Scotland Tour
1933 - 1934


Box 37 Folder 2

Travel: Japan Tour, November 1936 - April 1937
1936 - 1937


Box 37 Folder 3

Travel: Hawaii
1937


Box 37 Folder 4

Travel: Japan Tour, May 1937 - November 1940
1937 - 1940


Box 37 Folder 5

Travel: Japan Tour
1937


Box 37 Folder 6

Travel: South America Tour - Planning with U.S. State Department
1941 - 1942


Box 37 Folder 7

Travel: Greece, Italy, France, and England Tour, January - November 1946
1946


Box 37 Folder 8

Travel: Greece, Italy, France, and England Tour, December 1946 - 1948
1946 - 1948


Box 37 Folder 9

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - General
1947 - 1948


Box 37 Folder 10

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Equatorial crossing
1948


Box 38 Folder 1

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Japan
1948


Box 38 Folder 2

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Japan
1948 - 1982


Box 38 Folder 3

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Japan, January - September 1948
1948


Box 38 Folder 4

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Japan
1948


Box 38 Folder 5

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - New Zealand
1948


Box 38 Folder 6

Travel: Australia, New Zealand and Japan Tour - Australia
1945 - 1948


Box 38 Folder 7

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia, April 1 - April 9, 1948
1948


Box 38 Folder 8

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia, April 10 - April 30, 1948
1948


Box 39 Folder 1

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia, May 1948
1948


Box 39 Folder 2

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia, June 1 - June 17, 1948
1948


Box 39 Folder 3

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia, June 18 - June 30, 1948
1948


Box 39 Folder 4

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia, July 1948
1948


Box 39 Folder 5

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia, August 1948
1948


Box 39 Folder 6

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia
1949 - 1953


Box 39 Folder 7

Travel: Australia, New Zealand, and Japan Tour - Australia
1948


Box 40 Folder 1

Travel: General
1950 - 1951


Box 40 Folder 2

Travel: South Africa
1951


Box 40 Folder 3

Travel: South Africa
1951


Box 40 Folder 4

Travel: South Africa
1951


Box 40 Folder 5

Travel: South Africa
1951


Box 40 Folder 6

Travel: Middle East Tour - General
1951 - 1953


Box 40 Folder 7

Travel: Middle East Tour - Egypt
1952


Box 40 Folder 8

Travel: Middle East Tour - Israel
1951 - 1952


Box 40 Folder 9

Travel: Middle East Tour - Jordan
1952


Box 41 Folder 1

Travel: Middle East Tour - Lebanon
1952


Box 41 Folder 2

Travel: Middle East Tour - Syria
1952


Box 41 Folder 3

Travel: Latin American Tour - General
1953


Box 41 Folder 4

Travel: Latin American Tour - Brazil
1953


Box 41 Folder 5

Travel: Latin American Tour - Brazil (press clippings)
1953


Box 41 Folder 6

Travel: Latin American Tour - Brazil (press clippings)
1953


Box 41 Folder 7

Travel: Latin American Tour - Chile
1953


Box 41 Folder 8

Travel: Latin American Tour - Mexico
1951 - 1953


Box 41 Folder 9

Travel: Latin American Tour - Panama
1953


Box 41 Folder 10

Travel: Latin American Tour - Peru
1953


Box 41 Folder 11

Travel: Latin American Tour - Peru
1953


Box 41 Folder 12

Travel: Latin American Tour - Publicity
1953


Box 41 Folder 13

Travel: Latin American Tour - Press clippings
1953


Box 42 Folder 1

Travel: Far East Tour - Farewell dinner
1954 - 1955


Box 42 Folder 2

Travel: Far East Tour - Burma (now Myanmar)
1954 - 1955


Box 42 Folder 3

Travel: Far East Tour - Beginning in England and Scotland
1955


Box 42 Folder 4

Travel: Far East Tour - Hong Kong
1955


Box 42 Folder 5

Travel: Far East Tour - India
1952 - 1954


Box 42 Folder 6

Travel: Far East Tour - India, January - February 1955
1955


Box 42 Folder 7

Travel: Far East Tour - India, March 1955
1955


Box 42 Folder 8

Travel: Far East Tour - India, April - November 1955
1955


Box 42 Folder 9

Travel: Far East Tour - Bombay, India (press clippings A-K)
1955


Box 42 Folder 10

Travel: Far East Tour - Bombay, India (press clippings L-Z)
1955


Box 42 Folder 11

Travel: Far East Tour - Indonesia
1955


Box 42 Folder 12

Travel: Far East Tour - Japan
1955


Box 42 Folder 13

Travel: Far East Tour - Pakistan
1952 - 1955


Box 42 Folder 14

Travel: Far East Tour - Philippines
1954 - 1955


Box 42 Folder 15

Travel: Far East Tour - Thailand
1955


Box 43 Folder 1

Travel: Far East Tour - Itinerary
1955


Box 43 Folder 2

Travel: Far East Tour - Loss of watch "H. K. Henry Captain"
1955


Box 43 Folder 3

Travel: Far East Tour - Publicity
1954 - 1955


Box 43 Folder 4

Travel: Far East Tour - State Department
1954 - 1955


Box 43 Folder 5

Travel: Far East Tour - General
1955


Box 43 Folder 6

Travel: Spain and Portugal - General
1955 - 1957


Box 43 Folder 7

Travel: Canada
1956 - 1957


Box 43 Folder 8

Travel: Scandinavian Tour - General
1957 - 1958


Box 43 Folder 9

Travel: Scandinavian Tour - Denmark
1957


Box 43 Folder 10

Travel: Scandinavian tour - Finland
1957


Box 43 Folder 11

Travel: Scandinavian Tour - Iceland
1957


Box 43 Folder 12

Travel: Scandinavian Tour - Norway
1957


Box 43 Folder 13

Travel: Scandinavian Tour - Sweden
1957


Box 43 Folder 14

Travel: Scandinavian Tour - Switzerland
1957


Box 43 Folder 15

Travel: Scandinavian Tour - Press Coverage
1957