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Krebs, Annette Boucher, 1916-1989. Papers of Annette Boucher Krebs, 1956-1989: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 90-M121
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Annette Boucher Krebs, 1916-1989
Title: Papers of Annette Boucher Krebs, 1956-1989
Date(s): 1956-1989
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Reports, articles, correspondence, etc., of Annette Boucher Krebs, adult literacy advocate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 90-M121
The papers of Annette Claire (Boucher) Krebs were given to the Schlesinger Library by her widower, William A. Wallace Krebs, in July 1990.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: December 1991
By: Eva Moseley

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Annette Boucher Krebs as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Annette Boucher Krebs Papers, 1956-1989; item description, dates. 90-M121, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


Annette Claire (Boucher) Krebs was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, on August 19, 1916, the daughter of Fred and Leona Grace (Mitchell) Boucher. Her father, a violinist and conductor, was a Native American, the grandson of a chief of the Chippewa tribe in northern Michigan. After graduating from the public schools in Tulsa, Krebs studied music and drama at the Kansas City Conservatory. In 1938 she married William A.W. Krebs, a classmate from high school who soon was to graduate from Yale College; they had four children.
Annette Boucher Krebs worked for a literary agency in New York and the War Production Board in Washington, DC. In 1953 the family moved to West Newton, Massachusetts, where Krebs chaired the Newton Council of Parent-Teacher Associations' Committee on Guidance in the Newton public schools, a group that championed the role of guidance and special education. From 1965 to 1969, Krebs was head of the Project for Adult Literacy of the Massachusetts Council for Public Schools. The project trained 1500 volunteers as tutors in seventeen literacy centers; these volunteers taught 1300 men and women in the Boston area to read. In 1964 Krebs earned a master's degree in psychology from Brandeis University, where she also served as a research associate while managing the Adult Literacy Project. She died of Alzheimer's disease at her home in 1989.


The collection includes a memorial booklet about Annette Boucher Krebs, pamphlets published by the Committee on Guidance, a speech and an article by Krebs, correspondence with and an application to the Radcliffe Institute, and a report of the Project for Adult Literacy, by Krebs and others.

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Additional Index Terms

Education--Parent participation
Educational counseling--Massachusetts
Literacy programs--Massachusetts--Boston
Newton (Mass.)--Social conditions