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Friend, Mentor and Advocate

Helen Keller to Alexander Graham Bell, January 12, 1907?
Helen Keller to Alexander Graham Bell, January 12, 1907?
Telegram
Manuscript Division
Gift of the Alexander Graham Bell Family, 1947 (123A.3)

Letter from student at Alexander Graham Bell School, Chicago, Illinois, 1917
Letter from student at Alexander Graham Bell School, Chicago, Illinois, 1917
Printed document
Page 2
Manuscript Division
Gift of the Alexander Graham Bell Family, 1947 (123A.4)

Even after becoming world renowned for his invention of the telephone, Bell never ceased in his lifelong work as an influential activist for handicapped people. This is demonstrated in a telegram to Bell from Helen Keller requesting his presence and assistance at a speaking engagement in New York. Dr. Bell also received letters of admiration and gratitude from blind students all over the country as shown in a letter from a student at the Alexander Graham Bell School in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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