It’s National Deaf History Month! The American Foundation for the Blind holds the Helen Keller Archive, the largest collection of Keller’s writings and photographs in the world, was made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National archives.
Born in 1880, the remarkable Helen Keller contracted an illness when she was less than two years old that left her unable to hear or see. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film “The Miracle Worker.”
A passionate and determined advocate for people with disabilities, Keller began to work with American Federation for the Blind (AFB) in 1924 and served as a spokesperson and ambassador for the Foundation until her death in 1968.
Image: Helen Keller christens a United States Emergency Fleet ship launched in the Los Angeles harbor. The newly completed ship was the twelfth boat launched by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. Central News Photo Service., ca. 1918. National Archives, Record Group 165, ARC 533716.
Text and image via the NHPRC Facebook page.