Library Collections

(Blind youth play stringed instruments, Australia, American Foundation Blind, 1949)
Letters, memoirs, Sunday School chapbooks, post-cards, photos, annual reports, cartoons, and more!

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Education Programs

(US Census 1870: Chart shows aggregate number of insane population. Statistical Atlas, 1874)
Bring disability history into US History course work. Teach with primary sources.

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Pluck, Luck and Sorrow:
Anne Sullivan's Massachusetts,

Exhibit: Pluck, Luck, and Sorrow
Immigrant, impoverished and impaired. "Unsettled" in her day, Anne Sullivan's parents would be called "undocumented" in ours. Follow the parallels and differences, then and now, as her family navigates the 19th century safety net. Then see how Anne and others seek independence as adults. In an age of inequality, Sullivan and her fellows blaze a path toward our present. Exhibit In Development.


We know her name.
The legend. The jokes.
Her story is bigger.

a two hour documentary film

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