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Oklahoma profile: Ruth Brown, part 3


September 18, 2020

As we have seen, Ruth Brown, the long-serving librarian of the Bartlesville public library, was a staunch believer in providing reading materials of all kinds to the townspeople who used that facility.

She did not think that reading about the Soviet Union made one a communist sympathizer. She adamantly declared to Bartlesville’s city government leaders, who questioned some of the library’s materials, that she was a patriotic American.

She was also a vocal supporter of equal treatment for all people. She wanted African Americans to be able to check out library books and for the library...

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