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MBLC Celebrates 125 Years


Map showing the Beacon Street location of the MBLC in the 1970s

A hand-drawn area map of the MBLC offices, formerly located at 648 Beacon Street.1

The Board of Library Commissioners held their monthly meeting in Fitchburg on June 17, 1975. According to Chairman Bennet Wilson, other board meetings would begin to be held around the state to permit the commissioners to meet informally with members of various library groups outside of Boston, as well as the Commonwealth's widespread consumers of library services.1

In 1975, there were 83 public library friends groups across the Commonwealth.1

What else happened in 1975?

  • President Ford escaped two assassination attempts in the month of September.2
  • The year's median household income in current dollars: $11,800.2
  • The Boston Red Sox were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds during the World Series.2
  • Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC. George Carlin hosted the first show.2
  • Home videotape systems (VCRs) are developed in Japan by Sony (Betamax) and Matsushita (VHS).2

1. Mediawrite (MBLC newsletter), 1975.
2. [link].