Blind Intern Works with Braille Building Model

ID: SIA RU000371 [78-6290-31A]

Creator: Hofmeister, Richard K

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1978

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: June 1978, Image No. 78-6290-31A

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  • Rene Zelickson, intern, and Harold Snider, coordinator of programs for the handicapped at National Air and Space Museum (NASM), examine raised line drawings of NASM.
  • Excerpt from Torch article: "'For the first time that we know of, a handicapped museum intern is being sponsored by a State agency of vocational rehabilitation...we hope this will be the first in a string of such opportunities. There are a lot of jobs in museums that blind people could do,' said Snider, who is himself blind, 'and only through such a program can blind people, museum people, and rehabilitation counselors become aware of how many possibilities are open.' Zelickson, who will be at NASM until mid-August, is a recent graduate of the Orientation Center for the BIind where she learned braille, cooking, cane travel, and other mobility skills. 'After she gets familiar with the Museum and its exhibits,' Snider said, 'Rene will be exploring new techniques for cassette tours.'"


  • Snider, Harold W
  • Zelickson, Rene
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs
  • National Air and Space Museum


  • Original film available in SIA Acc. 11-009.
  • Featured in the "Torch," June 1978.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: June 1978, Image No. 78-6290-31A

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1978
  • May 11, 1978

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Black-and-white photographs

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SIA RU000371 [78-6290-31A]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 10 x 8;

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