ArchiveArchive of 8 certificates belonging and awarded to Helen Keller for her service including one certificate awarded to her teacher and lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan. The dates of the documents are 1936 to 1948. After illness in early childhood left her blind and deaf, Keller spent her adult life as a disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Her devotion to personal progress extended into lifelong service on behalf of marginalized communities. Certificates are mounted to cardboard ranging in size from 12" x 14" to 23" x 16" in. Awards include one by the General Federation of Women's Clubs for "outstanding service in the field of Social Service for the BLind and of her leadership among the women of the world" as well as the American Women's Voluntary Services Award for achievements that "furthered the economic, cultural, and social prestige of women." The largest certificate awarded by the International Confederation of Catholic Relief shows an attractive image of a woman with angel wings and halo reading "Caritas", her hands holding the diploma, made out in French. Two honorary memberships include The National Geographic Society and the Eugene Field Society National Association of Authors and Journalists for "an outstanding contribution to contemporary literature." The archive includes the Kate Smith Award for Distinguished Personal Heroism made out to Anne Sullivan for giving "her entire life to leading another from darkness and despair into light and hope." Award has official gold award with red, white and blue ribbon attached. A founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and member of the Socialist Party of America, Keller wrote fourteen books and hundreds of speeches, campaigning for women's suffrage, labor rights and world peace. Her hope was deeply grounded in personal experience, transcending the silent darkness of her condition to become an outspoken voice for change. "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope," Keller wrote in 1903. A moving archival testament to the power of willful intelligence.
The awards in this archive are:
Kate Smith Award for Distinguished Personal Heroism, , 1936
The National Geographic Society, 1936
Eugene Field Society National Association of Authors and Journalists, n, 1939
The General Federation of Women's Clubs, " in, 1941
The Florida Council for the Blind, " in, 1944
Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria, 1948
American Women's Voluntary Services Award
"The Florida Council for the Blind Does Hereby Cite Dr. Helen Keller for Conspicuous, Meritorious and Unselfish Work in the field of services fostered and rendered by the FLorida Council for the Blind...Duly authorized by the Coucnil in regular session this 12th day of January 1944" signed by chairman and executive director and stamped with the state seal of Florida (date and signatures and Keller's name handwritten) 11" x 8.5" on 14" x 14.5" inch cardboard mounte
Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria, "This is to certify that at a meeting of hte Lifef Governors and Subscribers Held 28-10-1948 Miss Helen Keller, L.H.D., L.L.D. was elected a Life Governor of the above Society" signed by president and secretary (date and Keller's name handwritten) Objective: The after school welfare of the whole of the deaf and dumb of the state.13" x 13.5" on 16" x 16" in cardboard mounted:
"The National Geographic Societ yThrough the Board of Trustees at a meeting held in Washington District of Columbia in the United States of America has elected Helen Keller of Forest Hills, New York a member of that society" March 5, 1936 with society seal imprinted, signed by secretary. 8.5" x 10.5", mounted on 12" x 14" cardboard,
"Kate Smith Award for Distinguished Personal Heroism Thereas, unselfish service to others is highly to be commended by all men; Whereas Anne Sulliven Macy gave her entire life to leading another from darkness and despair into light and hope; and Whereas, her service has been certified to the National Committee of the Kate Smith Aware, and due recognition accorded; and whereas, the people of America have been made aware of her distinguished service to others over a nationwide radio network and have duly acclaimed her; Therefore, this scroll bearing witness to these facts has been bestowed upon her as a token of the nation's genuine admiration and respect. May her example serve as a lasting inspiration to all." Signed by Kate smith dated November 5, 1936 wtih attractive gold medal and red white and blue ribbon attached. 11" x 14", mounted on 15" x 18" in cardboard.
Diploma of Honor Caritas woman with angel wings and halo surrounded by foliage and holding the diploma like a sign in herhands, black and white with some letters in red. International is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
12" x 9.5" in mounted on 16" x 16" in cardboard, "Eugene Field Society National Association of Authors and Journalists" Certificate of Honorary Membership Know all men, by these presents, that: Helen Keller having by her writings made an outstanding contribution to contemporary literature" dated February 1st 1939. Signed and dated in blue ink, seal featuring silhouette of Eugene Field. 19 x 10.5", mounted on 23" x 16" in cardboard (in french).
"Scroll of Honor In recognition of her outstanding serviec in the field of Social Service for the Blind and of her leadership among the women of hte world Helen Keller is awarded this scroll by The General Federation of Women's Clubs during the Golden Jubilee Convention on thsi nineteenth day of May nineteen hundred forty-one" attractive gold sunbeam seal. 10" by 13" , mounted on 14" x 16" cardboard.
"American Women's Voluntary Services Award to Helen Keller who's achievements have furthered the economic, cultural, and social prestige of women'. 9.25" x 7" , mounted on 14" x 14" in cardboard.
There are 8 documents, with 7 awarded to Helen Keller and one to her teacher and lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan. All in good to very good condition. An important and unique archive.