Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Under the direction of the state archivist, the Massachusetts Archives is responsible for securing, preserving, and managing noncurrent records of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts determined to possess archival value. Incidentally it has become the repository for certain objects related to events in Massachusetts history by contemporaneous or commemorative usage, including items presented directly to the Archives and those presented to officials of state government
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The Secretary of the Commonwealth proposes legislation to the General Court and also, through the office's legislative director, monitors progress of other legislation introduced in the General Court that is relevant to the secretary's responsibilities and functions, resulting in these files. They contain copies of bills in various stages, comments by staff, accounts of public hearings and committee testimony, and correspondence -- Files vary from two-year legislative session to session, but typically include sequences filed by House and Senate bill number, with more general or particularly substantial files kept separately. Legislation that has been signed into law is marked on the folder cover with statutory reference
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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. The Milk Board/Commission established and issued orders, legally based and enforceable policies detailing regulations for the milk industry. Such orders included the designation and redesignation of milk marketing areas, the fixing of milk prices paid to producers, and dealer licensing requirements
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Since 1877 the Reformatory Prison for Women under successive names has had as its function the punishment and rehabilitation of female offenders. Institutional information files are a miscellaneous collection of historical materials from various divisions of the facility and some from before the institution's founding -- Included are statistics, rule books for officers and inmates, selected program evaluation and policy directives, and photographs
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As part of his official duties, the treasurer of Massachusetts made various reports on the condition of the Treasury and of the accounts due to and from the Commonwealth. These reports included statements for the previous year or estimates of the current year's debts and revenues. Estimates were reviewed and approved by the General Court to authorize sufficient money to be transferred to or borrowed by the treasurer to pay the debts of the Commonwealth. Series consists of these various types of reports and miscellaneous related documents, -- including: end of year statements for 1802, 1808, and 1821 (printed) and for various years from 1802-1833 (manuscript), fragmentary predecessors of annual reports that began as printed media in 1832 ((M-Ar)1318S, from 1842 (incomplete)), with similar reports for other years in the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society); beginning or mid-year statements and the rest of the year's debts and ... Read More
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The State Board of Charity had jurisdiction over the settlement or non-settlement of the state poor under the control of the institutions supervised by the board or by the State Board of Insanity, and administration of the laws of settlement relating to the support of the state's sane poor by cities and towns (St 1898, c 433). Series consists of volumes detailing accounts of the State Board of Charity, including amounts received from treasury allocations and receipts, as well as advances made to individuals and departments, including for the adult poor, children, infants, transport, and the board itself
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Series contains case histories and running notes as kept by Dr. Sarah M. Crawford, a medical officer in the Dept. of Outdoor Poor -- Information includes name, birthdate, case no., date found or transferred to custody of the Dept. of Outdoor Poor, parent names, residence, and other information affecting settlement (grandparents, immigration, naturalization, etc). Case history is followed by visit notes by physician, with some added entries in other hands or referring to other physicians. Visits, made every month or two, or more frequently when the child was ill, include comments on the child's physical and emotional condition, care in the home, and details of medical treatments. Occasionally a child remained with his mother while receiving state support. Dated notations were made when the child died, was transferred to another doctor's care, was discharged for adoption, or was transferred to the Dept. of Indoor Poor at age three. Some entries indicate case numbers corresponding to ... Read More
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Series contains descriptions of immigrants receiving aid, including name, age, birthplace, rate, date of entry into the U.S., hospital, date admitted, disease (and if prior or subsequent to landing), discharge, ship, and port of entry. Notes indicate when case was submitted for reimbursement, amount of bill and if and when paid. Cases are noted as being discharged when landing dates were too long ago or were unable to be verified, or if the bill was paid by family or friends. Also notes if the patient was to be deported, or if left the institution before investigation or arrest could be made
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Report year end date varies. Date recorded here is for predominant year represented, although actual publication date is usually the following calendar year
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The committee held regular meetings (usually three per year) with the Preservation Specialist to review recent activities and projected plans and to advise on issues to be considered in the future. It also acted to increase general public and institutional awareness of conservation and preservation issues and resources. Meetings are documented by agendas and minutes comprising this series. Also included are bylaws, lists of committee members, and special reports. The committee ceased to meet in 2010