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Making the Helen Keller Archival Collection Accessible to Everyone

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Helen meets with schoolchildren in Adelaide, Australia

Image: Helen Keller with children in Adelaide, Australia, 1948

The American Foundation for the Blind is committed to promoting the life and legacy of Helen Keller. We are the proud caretakers of her archival collection of over 80,000 items including documents, photographs, photograph albums, press clippings, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, artifacts and audio-video materials.

The archives were first made available to researchers during the 1970s. Since then, historians, writers, film makers, school children and the general public have had access to these extraordinary materials. However this amazing resource remains underutilized and difficult to access. AFB is determined to change that!

In 2013 a pilot project was undertaken to digitize the entire collection and create a website that will be available to both sighted and non-sighted users. AFB is pleased that the Society of American Archivists has published an article on this project in its May/June Archival Outlook: We encourage you to read it and to check out the pilot project at

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