Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Series tracks funds expended for various projects and activities at the State Workhouse and later at the State Farm, financed by specific appropriations of the state legislature. These usually are for building projects or various capital improvements, such as the power plant, water systems, purchase of cows, etc -- Specific acts or resolves are cited for each appropriation. Each project lists by date the supplier, items, and amounts
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Series indexes names of Massachusetts Revolutionary War soldiers who received federal pensions, or whose applications were rejected, apparently compiled from the following published sources
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
As record keeper for the Commonwealth, the state secretary has responsibility for administration of elections, maintenance of public records, filing and distribution of regulations and public documents, corporate registration, lobbying agent registration, recording of appointments and commissions, storage of historical data, preservation of historic sites, administration and enforcement of the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, information and referral on all aspects of state government, and until 1990, administration of the state decennial census. Chief legal counsel and staff advise the state secretary on legal aspects of all responsibilities of the secretary's office and propose/testify for legislation favorable to its goals. Series is created to inform the secretary and staff of relevant court decisions, opinions, and issues -- Files contain correspondence, memorandums, opinions, press releases, and legislative review materials
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Currently under the supervision of the Dept. of Mental Health, Westborough State Hospital and its predecessors have been responsible for providing residential care and treatment to mentally ill persons in Massachusetts since 1886--prior to 1939 specializing in homeopathic medicine and since then serving more generally the area south and west of Boston. Inpatient case histories were created to record information about patient commitment and personal history as well as periodic reports on condition
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On June 17, 1774, in Salem, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the General Court's upper house (Council) passed a resolve directing 500 pounds be paid out of the public treasury to finance the activities of a legislatively appointed committee to join with other similar colonial bodes to meet jointly in September (which became the First Continental Congress). Governor Gage refused to sign the resolve and prorogued the House. It then proceeded to pass three additional resolves that were reprinted in this broadside transmitted to the various towns and districts of the Province of (the) Massachusetts Bay, one apportioning the 500 pounds to be raised among the towns instead, another asking the provincial inhabitants to come to the rescue of those of Charlestown and Boston from the British-imposed blockade of Boston Harbor, and a third for inhabitants to boycott all goods imported from the East Indies or Great Britain. This copy signed by Samuel Adams, clerk
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Series consists of copies of outgoing correspondence of Hollis M. Blackstone, superintendent of the State Workhouse/State Farm at Bridgewater, Mass., 1883-1922, in letterpress volumes -- Letters, initially handwritten and subsequently typed, include orders for supplies, health and building materials; correspondence regarding employee hiring; requests to transfer named inmates to and from other institutions; and communications with friends and family members regarding specific inmates, especially concerning release dates, illness, death, and disposal of bodies
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As noted above, the Dept. of Mental Retardation assumed responsibility for the mentally retarded in 1986, taking on specific quality enhancement functions in 1993. Series consists of forms completed for the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services and Health Care Financing Administration, and related documents. Forms document violations in facilities and client care at named state institutions and describe and date corrections applied
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Series consists of documents and publicity items--newspaper clippings, advertisements, publications and brochures, legislation, drafts and published articles, photographs, speeches and radio addresses reflecting efforts by founders, staff, and others documenting the origins and development of SBLI, its mission and administration -- Early materials most frequently reflect speaking and publishing efforts by Brandeis to promote the concept of the savings bank life insurance and its establishment through legislative action. Alice Grady, initially private secretary to Brandeis, then working with the league, ultimately division deputy commissioner, 1920-1934, became largely responsible for promotional efforts and the recruitment of policy holders and banks into the state-supported program. Later materials were created to support the activities of member banks. Also included are external publications and those of the Savings Bank Life Insurance Council, administered by Clyde Casady
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The Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council was an independent Massachusetts state agency responsible in conjunction with the Dept. of Environmental Management and the Dept. of Environmental Protection for overseeing siting of hazardous waste treatment facilities from 1980 to 1996. Siting process as administered by the council included receiving and reviewing developer's proposal and facilitating negotiations among developer and affected communities prior to the reaching of a siting agreement declared operative by the council. Series consists of audiovisual materials publicizing or providing background for the agency's mission, as produced chiefly by the Dept. of Environmental Management or local television news organizations -- Topics include hazardous waste generation and treatment, in Massachusetts and elsewhere
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The Berkshire County treasurer produced this list of sums, grouped semi-annually, unpaid as of Jan. 1, 1860, as owed to named individuals for costs of their involvement in criminal cases heard before the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas (1857-1859), and the newly-formed Superior Court (July 1859) -- Expenses are not identified, but appear to be primarily witness fees. The total, presumably to be credited to the Commonwealth, reflects a one-third deduction for the county's share. The accounts are attested to by the county treasurer, and certified by a justice of the peace. Also includes a listing of still-outstanding court fees for 1859 payable to the Commonwealth