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A selection of documents illustrating the formation and activities of the largest organization of the blind in the United States.

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Collection Location: National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland

Collection Overview: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) was founded on November 16, 1940, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at a meeting of the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Federation of the Blind (PFB) during its state convention. Led by Jacobus tenBroek (1911-1968), a young blind constitutional law scholar, members of the PFB executive committee and representatives of blind organizations from six other states—California, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois—adopted a constitution and elected their first officers. Their mission was to create a national organization governed by the blind with a majority blind membership that would work to improve the social, economic, and physical well-being of all blind people through mutual aid and common action. Today the NFB is the largest organization of the blind in the United States and has grown to include over 50,000 members.

For further information, go to the following websites:

Archon web portal, the Cane Tip

Jacobus tenBroek Library

Dr. Jacobus tenBroek Finding Aid

 
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