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Register documents Workhouse inmates, nos. 1-5942 -- Entries include name, age, birthplace, sex, color, ever married, temperate or intemperate, later information on temperance, citizenship, convict status of parents, education (some, none, can read and write), later what property, ever in Army or Navy, when committed, why committed (tramp, vagabond, vagrant, dissolute), ever in reform school, number of former commitments, when discharged, how discharged (sentence expired, order Board of State Charities), length of sentence, days sick, days punished in prison, height, former numbers, remarks (former inmate, infant with her-- infants were allowed to remain with mothers sentenced, from other institution, court)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
As custodian of the foundation records of Massachusetts, the state secretary is responsible for binding and maintaining engrossed copies of acts and resolves of the General Court (MGLA c 3, s 23). Since 1978 responsibility for binding has been carried out by the Regulations Division of the secretary's office. Once binding is completed, the volumes are transferred to the Archives. Engrossed resolves are the original parchment resolves passed by the General Court -- (From 1826 to 1971, the secretary was also responsible for the actual engrossment of bills, i.e., copying onto parchment paper--St 1826, c 37; St 1971, c 34.) Along with the legal text of the resolve, engrossed copies include signatures of the Senate president, the speaker of the House, and the governor
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When Foxborough State Hospital was designated as an institution for the mentally ill in 1914, Norfolk State Hospital received all its patients not judged insane (i.e., male inebriates and drug addicts) and records relating to them and to such inmates admitted since Foxborough's inception. Inpatient case files were created to provide a record of the commitment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients committed by the court or voluntarily to these institutions. Also included are case files of women inebriates transferred from Westborough State Hospital in 1918-1919
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A federal act of June 7, 1832 provided Revolutionary War veterans who had served at least two years a pension for life. Those who had served less than two years, but not less than six months, were eligible for partial pensions. Applicants did not need to demonstrate need, and money due from the last payment until the date of death of a pensioner could be collected by the widow or children. The act required applicants to produce an official certificate confirming service. As custodian of the state's Revolutionary War records, the Massachusetts state secretary and his clerks were responsible for searching muster rolls and other records and issuing certificates. Series consists of incoming correspondence relating to certificates and confirmation of military service information needed for federal pension applications, -- primarily received during the administrations of secretaries John A. Bolles (1843-1844) and John G. Palfrey (1844-1848), but also those of secretaries Alden Bradford ... Read More
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Under the supervision of the Dept. of Mental Health, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and its predecessors have been responsible for providing residential and outpatient care and treatment for mentally ill persons--prior to 1967 specializing in acute psychotic disorders and since then serving more generally the Boston metropolitan area. To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the center, a videotape of interviews with present and former affiliates was prepared by Edward A. Mason in conjunction with Documentaries for Learning and the Dept. of Mental Health
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
The regulation of the milk industry in Massachusetts was carried out successively by the Milk Control Board and the Milk Control Commission, in later years with administrative support from the Division of Milk Control. Series consists of minutes of meetings of the board and commission. Minutes include official meeting notices, and a record of the date, attendees, and actions of the meetings. Actions include discussions and decisions regarding milk pricing and votes on license applications from milk dealers -- For minutes, 1971-1981, see: Massachusetts. Dept. of Food and Agriculture. Commissioner's subject files on milk regulation ((M-Ar)1922X)
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Under the supervision of the Dept. of Mental Health, since 1878, Danvers State Hospital and its predecessors were responsible for providing residential care and treatment of mentally ill persons in northeastern Massachusetts since 1878. Inpatient histories were created to record information about about patient commitment and personal history as well as periodic reports on condition
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Series lists by date the source (some individuals, mainly towns) and amounts of monies received by the Division of Aid and Relief (and predecessor) for reimbursement of state care, and what accounts applied to (State Infirmary, State Farm, later also transportation and Massachusetts Hospital School). Individuals, mostly likely reimbursing for their own expenses, have probable patient numbers listed
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In fulfilling responsibility as record keeper for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state secretary maintained reports and accounts concerning the Treasury as follows: -- (1) returns of state property at Rainsford Island by the Boston Board of Health, 1819-1829 (2) statement of number of vessels and business done on the Weymouth and Braintree rivers, 1803-1805 (3) report of commissioners appointed to examine accounts of county treasurers, 1811-1812 (Resolves 1811, c 138) (4) ms. and printed statements of county receipts and expenditures for 1884 (some filed 1885) (5) returns of county treasurers to the state secretary, pursuant to Senate order of Feb. 13, 1874, of amounts paid to them by state constables from monies received for services in criminal cases, 1865-1871
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 is responsible for providing a safe, healthy, and humane environment for its clients. In fulfilling this function the school employs a deputy superintendent for program services to assist the superintendent in the area of program development, creating this series -- Files contain correspondence, maintenance and other reports, census forms, budget and spending plans, procedures manuals, and minutes of meetings. Topics include personnel policies and procedures, client evaluation procedures, procedures for assessing functional levels of clients, quality of life, and human rights