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Friday, September 04, 2009

The M.C. Migel Library at the American Printing House for the Blind

The M.C. Migel Library APH Continues the AFB Legacy

One of the finest collections of blindness related materials in America is coming to Frankfort Avenue! In late August 2009, the American Foundation for the Blind announced that it will transfer the bulk of its Migel Library Collection to the American Printing House for the Blind. The Migel Library, founded in the 1920s, has been described as the largest collection of non-medical research material on blindness in the world. It was named to honor the first AFB Board Chair, M.C. Migel. For many years, researchers accessed the collection at the Foundation's Manhattan headquarters. AFB decided to transfer the library last spring and sought a partner with adequate facilities, and an equal commitment to preservation and accessibility. APH submitted a proposal, which was approved by the Foundation's leadership in July 2009.

The AFB Migel Memorial Collection will be available to the public sometime in early 2010, following necessary time to inventory, process, and prepare finding aids. Researchers will enjoy the spacious reading room in the APH Barr Library, right next to the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends. The roughly 40,000 books, magazines, pamphlets, and essays will join other significant collections at APH including the Barr's collection of professional research materials, the APH Museum Collection documenting the history of education for the blind, the AER Warren Bledsoe Orientation and Mobility Archives, and the Braille Authority of North America Archives. For more information contact Julia Myers at or Mike Hudson at

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