Bettye Krolick Collection Finding Aid

Samuel P. Hayes Research Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472


Bettye Krolick

Date Range: 
1841-2004, bulk 1970-1994
Call number: 

Bettye Krolick was a musician, writer, philanthropist and former President of the National Braille Association (NBA). The collection consists of papers, notes, correspondence, and published materials that she collected while writing the New International Manual for Braille Music Notation and Dictionary of Braille Music Signs. The collection also includes the accession record for the collection.

10.5 linear feet
English (Bulk), Russian, German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Spanish, Danish, Czech
Processed by: 

Maxine Brown, 2014

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Bettye Allerton Maxwell Krolick was a musician, writer and former President of the National Braille Association. Krolick graduated from the Eastman School of Music where she met her husband, Edward John Krolick. She played violin for the San Antonio Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Springfield Symphony while they lived in Illinois and in the Fort Collins, Greeley, and Cheyenne orchestras after they moved to Colorado in 1983. She compiled the New International Manual for Braille Music Notation (1996) as well as several other books on braille music including Dictionary of Braille Music Signs (1979) and How to Read Braille Music (1998). She was elected president of the NBA in 1987 and served for two years. Krolick also won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Migel Medal Award in the volunteer category in 1997. She died in 2011 at the age of 85.

Sources of information: 

Bettye Krolick obituary: 
NLS newsletter including Krolick’s winning of the Migel Medal
Edward Krolick obituary: 

Credit line/Citation: 
Maxine Brown, 2014

The Bettye Krolick collection contains 32 books in Russian Braille, 5 books in German Braille, 2 books in English Braille, 48 folders of Krolick’s research papers, 45 pamphlets in multiple braille languages, and 21 braille manuals in print which were used by Krolick when compiling the  New International Manual for Braille Music Notation (1996) and Dictionary of Braille Music Signs (1979). 


3 series, 13 boxes

Series 1: Bettye Krolick’s project files, alphabetically by subject 

Series 2: Print reference materials (1929-2001)

Series 3: Braille reference materials (1841, 1911-1991) 

Container List: 

Series 1

Bettye Krolick’s project files, alphabetically by subject

Box 1: Folder 1-2: Accession record and Krolick’s description of files (2000-2004)

A detailed guide to collection written by Krolick is available upon request

Box 1: Folder 3-10: Product folders Acceleration through Conference papers 1992-1994 (1978-1994)

Box 1: Folder 12-16:  Product folders Fermatas through History (1974-1990)

Box 2: Folder 17-35:  Product folders Italy-Vassio Papers through Rodenberg (1982-1991)

Box 3: Folder 36-48:  Product folders Russian Correspondence through 1979 notes (1979-1984)

Series 2: Print reference materials

Box 4: Braille music manuals in print (1929-2001)

Box 1: Folder 11: Photocopies of deaccessioned dictionaries

Series 3: Braille reference materials

Box 4-13: Braille reference materials (1841, 1911-1991)

Subject Headings: 

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.

Braille music notation

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