Jacobus tenBroek Library, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
THE CANE TIP
Welcome to THE CANE TIP, the Database for Special Collections & Archives Finding Aids
at the Jacobus tenBroek Library
About this Database
Many -if not most- blind people use white canes at least some of the time. For the National Federation of the Blind, the white cane is both a recommended tool for exploring the environment and a symbol of the independence achieved with its proper use. The tip of a well-used cane will wear out fairly quickly, and blind cane users always keep a supply of cane tips. This database enables researchers to explore the environment of the tenBroek Library's archival and manuscript collections by providing access to our finding aids. We hope the tips you get from this database will facilitate your research at the tenBroek library.
Located in Baltimore at the NFB Jernigan Institute, the collections held by the tenBroek Library include the personal and professional papers of people significant to the blind, oral history interviews, and the institutional records of the NFB. Be aware that the database provides links only to descriptive information about the collections. All archival material must be viewed at the library and is not available online at this time.
Access to these collections is open to members of the National Federation of the Blind, to its employees, and to outside researchers regardless of their institutional affiliation. All visitors should make an appointment to visit the Library and must complete a registration form in order to have access to the NFB archival collections.
Hours and Scheduling
The tenBroek Library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are closed each year in early July for the National Federation of the Blind's annual convention. Occasionally other NFB activities will necessitate temporarily closing the library to researchers. It is therefore important that people planning to use the collections contact us in advance.
The Jernigan Institute is closed on the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
- Labor Day
- The day after Thanksgiving
We are open on all other state and federal holidays.
For more information, please visit the Jacobus tenBroek Library Web page: http://www.nfb.org/nfb/JtBLibrary.asp
- The search engine looks for every term you submit.
- To search by phrase, use double quotes, e.g., "Festival of Contemporary Arts"
- To narrow your search results:
- Use a minus sign before a term you want to omit from your results (e.g., 'bass -fish' finds bass guitars but not bass fishing).
- Browse by collection title, subject, name, or classification.
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