The Orphan Blind Girl


Accession Number: 2003.102

Summary/Description: The author became blind from a childhood disease. Her parents died when she was young, and she was enrolled in the New York Institution for the Instruction of the Blind (now called the New York Institute for Special Education) in 1833. Her book recounts experiences at the school, where she later taught. She also taught at the Maryland School for the Blind. The book includes a history of the development of the New York school, with extracts from some of the school's annual reports, and a chapter about Laura Bridgman. Includes an illustration of a TVL math slate and of a writing guide. "To B. F. Newcomer, Esq., my worthy and esteemed friend, for his disinterested kindness to the author, This Little Volume is Respectfully Dedicated" --[p. 4]. Brown clothbound boards; blind-stamped design on front and back covers.

Author: Smith, Anna C.

History/Provenance: Museum purchased this book through an internet auction.

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2003.102

Publisher: James Young, Printer

Publisher Place: Baltimore

Publish Date: 1865

Subjects: Biography Blind Blindness Schools for the blind and visually impaired

Physical Description: 178 p. : ill. ; 7 x 4.5 x .5 in.