Last month the American Foundation for the Blind launched one of the largest collections of content about the life and work of Helen Keller, the Washington Post reports.
The archive, located in New York City, “is the first of its kind to be fully accessible to blind, deaf, hard-of-hearing, low vision and deaf-blind audiences,” according to the foundation.
Keller became one of the most famous advocates for children and people with disabilities, and worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for 44 years.
When she died at 87 in 1968, she left all her belongings to the foundation. “Due to their fragility, many of these items were unavailable to the public until now,” the foundation said in a statement.
The archive includes copies of more than 475 of Keller's speeches and essays. “Despite her fame, relatively few people know that Helen Keller wrote 14 books as well as hundreds of essays and articles on a broad array of subjects ranging from animals and atomic energy to Mahatma Gandhi,” according to the foundation.
Mark Twain once said: “The two most interesting characters of the 19th century are Napoleon and Helen Keller.”
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