Helen Keller: An Introduction

Helen Keller (1880-1968) joined the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in 1924 and was our ambassador for 44 years, championing worldwide the rights of people with vision loss. She was likely the most recognized person with a disability in the 20th century, and used her extraordinary popularity not only as an advocate on behalf of those with disabilities, but also as a feminist, suffragist, social activist, and author. Because of her deep commitment to AFB’s mission, Keller bequeathed her personal archive containing over 80,000 items to the organization for safekeeping.

As caretakers of Helen Keller's archival collection and legacy, we are honored to share her history with you via our website.

Helen Keller Information

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    View Our Online Helen Keller Kids' Museum

    This online museum traces Helen Keller's life from her childhood and education under Anne Sullivan, to her early political activism and career as a leading advocate for those with vision loss in the United States and her eventual fame as a leading advocate worldwide.

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    Helen Keller's Quotations, Books, Letters, and Speeches

    Helen Keller saw herself as a writer first and foremost—her passport listed her profession as "author." It was through the medium of the typewritten word that Helen communicated with Americans and ultimately with thousands across the globe.

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    View Our Online Anne Sullivan Museum

    Using her words, “Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker” tells the viewer about Annie Sullivan's difficult childhood, her years in the Tewksbury Almshouse and subsequent removal to the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston. The viewer reads about her extraordinary success at teaching Helen and her lifelong role as a stalwart supporter of her pupil.

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