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A Lifelong Friendship

Helen Keller (1880-1968)
"Autumn," 1893
Typescript poem with dedication to Alexander Graham Bell
Manuscript Division
Gift of the Bell Family, 1947 (123A.6)

Following in the footsteps of his father, Alexander Graham Bell devoted much of his life as an advocate for the deaf and blind. One of Dr. Bell's most notable students, with whom he developed a close relationship, was Helen Keller. Bell met Keller in 1887 and recommended that she be sent to the Perkins Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts. At the age of thirteen, Helen Keller composed a poem for Bell, expressing her appreciation and gratitude towards him.


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