People working in the Robbins Library in Arlington.
(Image from Digital Commonwealth collections)
On January 29, 1973, President Nixon sent a budget to Congress that would terminate federal funds for the following:
• $33 million for public libraries
• $90 million for elementary and secondary schools
• $15 million for colleges and universities1
Seventeen public libraries in the Commonwealth had telephones installed in 1973. There were still 37 libraries without telephones by the end of the fiscal year.1
As of April 1973, there were 384 public libraries in Massachusetts.1
What else happened in 1973?
1. MBLC newsletters, 1973.
2. www.infoplease.com [link].
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