Helen Keller: Our Champion
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Honoring and Supporting Blinded Veterans
Since its founding in 1921, AFB has honored our military veterans for their service, and advocated for soldiers who have lost their vision.
Helen Keller on "Listening" to Music
Helen Keller's Letter on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Goes Viral
A Visual History
Helen was famous from the age of 8 until her death at the age of 87. The photographs contained in the Helen Keller Archives span the nine decades of her life. The images provide a window into her life and the social, political, and cultural changes that took place in American society and the world around her.
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Following her death in 1968, Helen Keller left AFB her dearest possessions with the understanding that we would preserve and make them available to the public.
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Helen Keller worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for more than 40 years. She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880, and became deaf and blind at 19 months. Few could have imagined the leading role she would go on to play in many of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the 20th century. Until her passing on June 1, 1968, she worked unceasingly to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
As caretakers of Helen Keller's archival collection and legacy, we are honored to share her history with you via our website. Learn more about Helen Keller's life through AFB's biography and chronology, her letters and speeches, famous quotes, and her own memoir, The Story of My Life.
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AFB is proud to preserve and provide access to this unique collection of Helen Keller papers, letters, scrapbooks, artifacts, photograph albums, and photographs—the world’s largest repository of materials about and by Helen Keller.
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