Creator

Date Original

1900-1908

Description

This collection contains eleven volumes of the Holy Bible and one volume of scripture passages in New York Point.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Bibles in this collection were published using New York Point, a system of writing for the blind that is similar to Braille. New York Point was invented by William Bell Wait around 1860 as an alternative to the cumbersome and more complex Braille. In 1878, New York Point was endorsed by the American Association of Instructors of the Blind. Many people did not like Wait's system because it lacked some punctuation, such as capitalization and apostrophes. There were numerous different systems for blind readers, and by the 1890s, a feud developed over which one was best. Around 1916, a modified version of British Braille replaced the other systems, including New York Point, to become the standard used for blind readers. Alterations were made again in 1932, but the system is still not completely uniform today.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000439

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Braille Bible collection, MS.000439

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Braille Bible collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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