Library of Congress - National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Legislative documents, minutes, finance reports, petitions, and ephemera, relating to the attempts of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., to secede from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when it was evident that the two islands were going to lose their representation in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Many plans were developed which included complete secession from the U.S., making the islands a special territory of Massachusetts, or joining the states of Vermont or New Hampshire
Library of Congress - National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Election statistics, correspondence, speeches by John F. Kennedy, political polls, and audiotapes. Includes material relating to the book "Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye" (1972) by Powers, Kenneth P. O'Donnell, and Joe McCarthy, and to Kennedy's political career in Massachusetts and as president
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Series documents visitors during the last years of the State Workhouse and intermittently during the existence of the State Farm (1884-1931, 1946-1948, 1952) -- Entries include name and town of residence/address; in some cases visitor is identified as a physician, or institution or state official, including overseers, trustees, members of legislative committees, governor, and council members. Later volumes indicate inmate visited, giving name and number
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
The Boston State Hospital and its predecessors were responsible for providing residential care and treatment to mentally ill persons in the metropolitan Boston area from 1839 to 1981. By law the hospital's trustees had general charge of the institutions affairs. Series consists of reports prepared by the superintendent for trustee monthly meetings and also includes superintendent's copies of trustee meeting agendas and minutes -- Reports contain statistics on patient movement and population and descriptions of activities of hospital departments, used as a basis for annual reports. Minutes of trustee meetings include a record of their decisions
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Since 1971 the Executive Office of Human Services (Executive Office of Health and Human Services since 1992) has been responsible through its constitutent agencies for the delivery of a wide range of services to persons with financial, health, social, protective, rehabilitation, and correctional needs. Its role is one of management and fiscal oversight, coordination of interagency planning and program development, and policy analysis. A director of employment and training, through one of the executive office's assistant secretaries, developed and administered training programs for constituencies of the office, in cooperation with departments of the office and the Executive Office of Economic Affairs. Series was created to develop policy in this area -- Files contain memorandums, correspondence, and reports
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Boston extension, and Callahan Tunnel to East Boston, all of which it constructed, and of the Sumner Tunnel from East Boston. Series records official deliberations and actions of authority members -- Files contain original signed copies of dockets and minutes, including exhibits for construction projects; and one set of working copies
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
From 1972 to 1984 the State Building Code Commission was responsible for promulgating and amending the state building code. In addition the commission acted as the State Building Code Appeals Board, conducting hearings to consider appeals of decisions that had been issued by local or state agencies responsible for enforcing the state building code. Appeals Board case files were created for each appeal made to the board -- Files contain correspondence; memorandums; legal briefs; lists of documents created for case; and applications for and notices and accounts of hearings; also building plans, photographs, and notes. Information includes names of appellant and legal counsel, date and location of hearing, persons present, nature of appeal, and board's decision. Parties making appeals include individuals, business firms, and schools; most appeals relate to waiving provisions of the state building code
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
In its statutory role as advocate for services to children in Massachusetts, the Office for Children coordinates such services in privately funded and particularly public programs, evaluating and monitoring programs in departments and agencies within the Executive Office of Human Services and other executive offices (MGLA c 28A, s 4). Through FY1991 the office's advocacy unit in its Help for Children Program provided comprehensive information, referral, and advocacy services to assure children appropriate social, health, or financial support, administered on a community basis through ca. 43 area offices grouped under ca. six regional offices. Cases involving such service needs not resolvable on a area level were referred to an interagency (interdepartmental) childrens' services team convened by the office from human services (public health, mental health, mental retardation, social services) and education agencies, first at the regional office level and then if necessary at the ... Read More
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
The director of campaign and political finance administers through this office the laws of the Commonwealth regulating political campaigns. Before it may receive or expend monies, a political committee for county or statewide office must file a statement of organization with the director, including a statement of acceptance signed by the committee's treasurer, who thereby qualifies for the office (MGLA c 55, s 2) -- These Statements of organization (CPF 101) contain information about the committee, its treasurer, and other officers, including name of committee, address, purpose, officers' names and addresses, signature of the committee chair, and signature of the candidate on whose behalf the committee is organized, if appropriate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
The Commonwealth Museum, located at the site of the Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point (Dorchester, Boston), opened a permanent exhibition on the history of Massachusetts in 2009. Based on facsimiles of Archives documentary and artifactual holdings, it also includes a treasures gallery containing the first (vellum) leaves of the 1629 colonial and 1691 provincial charters and the 1780 Constitution, the vellum Massachusetts copy of the federal Bill of Rights, the Massachusetts printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, and the Paul Revere copperplate engraving of the Boston Massacre

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