In 1914: "In more than a third of the libraries in Massachusetts, the salaries of librarians are merely nominal, averaging less than $2 a week."2
In 2015 dollars, this would be $46.96.3
TODAY: The average income of the lowest-paid 33% of library directors in Massachusetts was $19.42 per hour, or $777 for a 40-hour week.4
What else happened in 1914?
1. explorewmass.blogspot.com [link].
2. Twenty-fifth Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts, 1915.
3. www.dollartimes.com [link].
4. MBLC website [link].
5. www.salem.org [link].
6. www.history.com [link].
7. www.baberuth.com [link].
8. www.pbs.org [link].
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