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The Board of State Charities had oversight of charitable and correctional institutions in Massachusetts from 1863 to 1879. Series consists of volumes compiled in the board secretary's office (F.B. Sanborn, secretary) -- Included are minutes of board meetings, accounts of visits to institutions under its supervision as well as others, reports, and copies of incoming and outgoing correspondence. References are made to records continued from other volumes, giving volume/page numbers
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
The governor has been chief executive officer of Massachusetts from the chartering of the Massachusetts Bay Company in 1629 to 1774 and from 1780 to the present day. Series consists of correspondence (including but not limited to that addressed to or written by the governor or deputy or lieutenant governor, often involving the government of neighboring jurisdictions) and other public nonjudicial documents created under the provincial charter (1692-1774) and the Commonwealth (from 1780)--and a few related earlier items--not specifically identified with the General Court, the Council, or the governor acting as the Council's head (i.e., receiving petitions or requests for reimbursement of expenses, or issuing orders, proclamations, or commissions) or otherwise dealing with treaties, truces, or submissions (also to be identified with the Council), or otherwise dealing with legislation, reimbursement of expenses, or vital records (to be identified with the General Court)
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Series contains actual redeemed notes (for related papers see: Receipts and papers for loan to suppress Shays' Rebellion, 1787 ((M-Ar)780X)) grouped by dividend book in which first dividend payment was recorded (first only located, see ((M-Ar)780X)); i.e., later loans might qualify for only the second/third or third payment cycle -- Dividend percentages of total, amounts, and dates are written across the front of the note (eventually paid in full) and on the verso total principal and interest paid, with receipting signature
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
From the time of the Massachusetts Bay Colony onward (e.g., Mass Recs 2: 244, May 10, 1648)), the treasurer of Massachusetts was required to submit a periodic (by the 1690s annual) statement of income and expenses to the General Court -- These statements have survived with a few gaps for the later colonial, provincial, and antebellum constitutional periods. Through 1776 statements are in: Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Massachusetts archives collection ((M-Ar)45X), v. 100, 122-125, often containing the deliberations of the examining legislative committee, a summary prepared by them, and the signed resolve by which the House and Council approved them. For 1735-1736, and then from 1753 onward (chiefly as duplicate through 1770), there are statements in volumes presumably made for the treasurer's records, with no legislative approval noted
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
For a generic description of this series see scheduled item record (CStRLIN)MASV90-A231 for: Levies upon execution ((M-Ar)CDS-6.5.15). Property referred to includes personal as well as real property
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Pursuant to Const Amend Art 21, a census of legal voters in each municipality of Massachusetts was taken in 1857, and, beginning in 1865 and every ten years thereafter, a census of legal voters was taken as part of a census of inhabitants. Numeration was the basis on which the House of Representatives the following year apportioned its members among the counties, which were then divided in the same manner into representative districts by a meeting of the county commissioners (in Suffolk County the mayor and aldermen of Boston). Apportionment procedures were redefined by Const Amend Art 71 (ratified 1930) for decennial censuses beginning in 1935
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Series consists of various printed documents issued by the Massachusetts Loan Office, as found among the papers of the Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General, with whose office it interacted -- Files include loan certificates and receipts for interest payments and for certificate transfers (transferring stock between individuals). There are also receipts relating to the payment of pensions for invalids (disabled soldiers), which the commissioner did twice a year, and occasional handwritten documents relating to office business
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Guardians of Massachusetts Indian tribes on their plantations were appointed by the General Court to take, redistribute, and lease or sell Indian lands, using the income to support sick and indigent Indians, and reporting their transactions to the General Court. These records are annual financial statements from the Guardians of the Dudley Indians to the General Court's Committee on Accounts (Resolves 1801, c 17) from 1801 through 1846, with a few other documents from 1857
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Legislation originates in the General Court as petitions filed by members on their own behalf or that of citizens or groups of citizens; appropriation bills from the House Ways and Means Committee; messages from the governor; or reports from state officers, agencies, or commissions. Passed acts are bills resulting from the ensuing legislative process that have been approved by the legislature and signed into law by the governor -- Bill packets include petition or other recommendation, bill versions, amendments, reports of committee action, and correspondence
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Resolves 1829, c 83 (1830) authorized the governor of Massachusetts to purchase land for the construction of a lunatic hospital and to appoint a three-person board of commissioners to oversee its construction. (The institution was established as the State Lunatic Hospital per St 1832, c 163, and is presently known as Worcester State Hospital.) The commissioners, empowered to make contracts and to appoint agents to superintend construction, were to present their accounts to governor and council for auditing and payment

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