Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
As a residential treatment center and educational facility for mentally retarded persons in Massachusetts, the Walter E. Fernald State School monitored the movement of its clients from other institutions for the Dept. of Mental Health, as recorded in this series -- Slips (DMH Form 302) were completed at the time of transfer and one copy submitted to the department's central registry. Information includes client name, sex, date of birth, date of admission, residence assignment, and institution from which transferred
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The Dept. of Public Works and its successor from 1992, the Massachusetts Highway Dept., have been responsible for development and maintenance of all state highways and bridges in the Commonwealth. The departmental public information/affairs unit provides photographs for departmental public relations. Series was created to assist in the planning and public relations relating to construction of Boston central artery including the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway
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As chief legal officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the attorney-general, at that time Henry C. Attwill, participated in and accrued files relating to the prosecution of Elizabeth M. Skeels, tried in 1919 for the murder of Florence M. Gay, who died of arsenical poisoning in 1917. Skeels was acquitted. Series contains trial transcript (Essex Superior Court Criminal Session, Judge Webster Thayer presiding), depositions, autopsy reports, and other court exhibits and filings, as well as correspondence and background materials on court cases stemming from similar circumstances
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The Massachusetts Bureau of Immigration was established in 1917. It was replaced by the Division of Education of Aliens in the Department of Education in 1919, renamed the Division of Immigration and Americanization in 1920
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Seeking to reevaluate this function in preparation for an annual report, Visiting Agent Gardiner Tufts sent a questionnaire to a variety of parties involved in this process (e.g., judges, trial justices, lawyers) inquiring as to whether court attendance continued to be a useful mandate of the agency. Series consists of responses to the questionnaire as written letters giving opinions on the issue. Includes copy of the original Tufts printed letter
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Legislation beginning with St 1886, c 263 has authorized the state board and its successor the board to settle labor disputes brought before them by petitioners requesting arbitration. The agencies have been responsible for investigating grievances through onsite visits and public hearings. This docket was created as a chronological listing of actions taken by the state board in each case -- Information includes docket number, date of entry, name of employer, type of work, and a list of proceedings. Proceedings include actions such as type of application filed, name of expert appointed, hearing date, type of correspondence received, appeals, amendments, withdrawals, reports issued, telephone calls received, and date decision issued or agreement signed. Information has been used to report cases heard before the board in its annual report. Vol. 2 (1908-1912) is annotated with page numbers of annual reports
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In Massachusetts, the State Board of Lunacy and Charity and its predecessors, the Board of Charities (to 1879) and the State Board of Health, Lunacy, and Charity (1879-1886), received weekly reports from institutions under their jurisdiction. Among these was the State Primary School, opened at the State Almshouse at Monson in 1866 and continuing after the almshouse's closing in 1872 until 1895, provided lodging, instruction, and employment for dependent and neglected children under age sixteen without settlement in the Commonwealth and some juvenile offenders. Reports list weekly admissions and discharges from the institution
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The Joint Board on Metropolitan Improvements investigated public works and transportation issues relating to the Boston Metropolitan District. The secretary of the Metropolitan Park Commission served as the secretary to the board and maintained its correspondence
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The Land Court is responsible for registration of titles to real estate and related matters. Final registration decrees record description of land as determined by the court; set forth the estate of the owner; and put forth all particular estates, mortgates, easements, liens, attachments and other encumbrances, including the rights of the husband or wife, to which the land or the owner's estate is subject (MGLA c 185, s 47) -- Information includes number of petition, name of petitioner(s), declaration by court who is owner of the land, lcoation, description of boundaries as drawn in a plan, name of person or company drawing plan, date plan drawn, encumbrances to which land is subject, name of judge, location of court, date, time, and name of recorder
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The State Board of Insanity, established in 1898, was replaced successively by the Massachusetts Commission on Mental Diseases in 1916 and the Department of Mental Diseases in 1919; that body was renamed the Department of Mental Health in 1938

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