Education: Crisis in Crates

At home in Virginia, stocky Luther Harris Evans has 3,000 books; down at the office, in Washington, he has more than 8,000,000.

Last week, Luther Evans, the 44-year-old Librarian of Congress, looked up from his books long enough to rehearse a request, in a tone bolder than librarians habitually use. Though the House Appropriations Committee is slashing almost every Government agency in sight, Evans will ask for $11,346,000—nearly twice last year's alltime high. There is a crisis in his library's crates: millions of new and wartime acquisitions (among them the Booker T. Washington and...

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