Helen Keller - Radcliffe Student, 1900

Helen Keller the Radcliffe Student, 1900

While Helen was a college student at Radcliffe, how did she write her exams?  She gives us an explanation in her autobiography, The Story of My Life:

Perhaps an explanation of the method that was in use when I took my examinations will not be amiss here. The student was required to pass in sixteen hours--twelve hours being called elementary and four advanced. He had to pass five hours at a time to have them counted. The examination papers were given out at nine o'clock at Harvard and brought to Radcliffe by a special messenger. Each candidate was known, not by his name, but by a number. I was No. 233, but, as I had to use a typewriter, my identity could not be concealed.

It was thought advisable for me to have my examinations in a room by myself, because the noise of the typewriter might disturb the other girls. Mr. Gilman read all the papers to me by means of the manual alphabet. A man was placed on guard at the door to prevent interruption.

Media Credits

Photo online, courtesy Helen Keller Foundation.

Quoted passage from The Story of My Life, 1905 edition, pages 87-88.  Online, courtesy Google Books.


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