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Photographs of Helen Keller

Helen Keller, beaming, at 80 years old

Head and shoulder portrait of a beaming Helen on her 80th birthday, June 1960.

"Smile! Laughter makes even subdued personalities sparkle. No one has a monopoly on achieving fame or fortune. The field is wide open."

Helen Keller was famous from the age of 8 until her death at the age of 87 in 1968. This longevity has provided us with an extraordinary collection of images chronicling her life. The images offer a unique window into the life of a deafblind woman and the rapidly changing world that she lived in.

View images spanning over seven decades of Helen Keller's life. Images include photographs taken with her friends and companions Anne S. Macy, Polly Thomson, Alexander G. Bell, and Mark Twain. The photographs depict events in her life including her graduation from Radcliffe College in 1904, and meeting public figures such as US President Calvin Coolidge, to private moments such as Helen writing at her typewriter and playing a game of chess.

Scans of these images are available for use with permission.

Want more information on Helen Keller? The AFB Helen Keller Kids Museum features a multimedia timeline for the life of Helen Keller. The Helen Keller Kids Museum also provides resources for sighted and visually impaired children to research and prepare reports on the life of Helen Keller.

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