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SC 11

Keller, Helen, 1880-1968. Papers of Helen Keller, 1898-2003: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 11
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Helen Keller, 1880-1968
Title: Papers of Helen Keller, 1898-2003
Date(s): 1898-2003
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes) plus 2 folio+ folders, 1 folio folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, photographs, etc., of Helen Keller, Radcliffe College Class of 1904.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R75-47

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1979
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

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.

Preferred Citation:

Helen Keller Papers, 1898-2003; item description, dates. SC 11, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

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).


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.


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.


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Additional Index Terms

De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956
Gilman School (Cambridge, Mass.)
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1904
Radcliffe College--Students