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To assist the Department of Mental Health in providing services for mentally ill clients residing in public institutions, the department's evaluation unit maintains a central register of client information and provides statistical reports for planning and review of services. Through the 1970s and 1980s the department's policy favored the release of institutionalized clients to live in supervised residences in the community. This series was created to gather information to be included in a report (Statewide aftercare study final report ((M-Ar)746X)) to monitor both the success rate of these clients and the effectiveness of support services designed by the department to aid its former institutionalized clients -- The printed forms include client name, age, sex, location, diagnosis, clinical staff ratings, psychiatric behaviors, nursing care needs, medications and aftercare services required
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The state secretary holds constitutional and statutory responsibilities for elections, duties carried out since 1948 in the secretary's Elections Division. Pursuant to MGLA c 41, s 15, town clerks are required to transmit to the state secretary a complete list of all town officers elected, immediately after each annual town election. Returns of elected town officers are certified by the town clerks on forms provided by the secretary -- They list office, name of person elected, and when term expires. Also included are letters from clerks notifying secretary of changes in office during the year
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The Massachusetts Industrial Commission was created in 1929 for the promotion and development of the industries and the industrial, agricultural, and recreational resources of the Commonwealth. Resolves 1929, c 54 asked the commission to investigate the textile industry and to make recommendations on improving working conditions and alleviating unemployment in that and other industries, including in its considerations the question of providing unemployment insurance. This report documents the commission's investigation
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The commission, acting as the State Board of Voting Machine Examiners, was responsible until 1977 for examining and approving all voting machines, ballot boxes, and counting apparatuses and for filing its reports with the state secretary. (Until 1903, approval was by the state secretary, treasurer, and auditor, and for the period 1903-1912 reports were filed by a separate State Board of Voting Machine Examiners.) These filings include drawings, blueprints, photographs, patents, advertisements, and written specifications of the voting machines submitted to the board by their inventors or manufacturers
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The Dept. of Public Welfare has the responsibility to provide and administer a comprehensive public welfare financial assistance program (MGLA c 18, s 2). The department determines eligibility for public assistance provided under federal-state programs; and provides financial assistance to those in economic need, to the aging for care and rehabilitation, to those needing health services and medical care, and other forms of financial assistance to families and individuals as needed. Client case files are created to deliver such assistance to eligible applicants
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As part of its mandate to protect drinking water supplies in Massachusetts, the Division of Water Supply requires testing of supplies for potential contamination, pursuant to MGLA c 111, s 160. Series is created to test water supplies for levels of contamination by pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides -- Tests have been performed quarterly since 1988, each system being tested on a triennial basis. Tests are performed by the Lawrence Experiment Station. Copies of results are retained by the regional office, which submits a list of violators to the central office of the division. The central office compiles a master list and submits it to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency quarterly. Since testing for pesticides was initiated in 1977, no sample in Massachusetts has been found to exceed safe limits. Information includes name of municipality and location from which sample was taken, date and time sample collected, name of collector, analysis date, initials of analyst, encoded ... Read More
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The Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Framingham, houses females sentenced to imprisonment, awaiting trial, or committed by the courts for alcohol or substance abuse treatment (MGLA c 125, s 16; c 123, s 35). The pre-release center, called Hodder House, is a minimum security unit to which eligible inmates are sent approximately eighteen months prior to parole or expiration of sentence to become acclimated to life outside the institution. A work detail log is maintained to monitor work detail duty assigned to inmates as a result of disciplinary action -- Information includes inmate name, date detail was received, staff supervising, task to be completed, number of hours of duty, and staff initials
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Series consists of accounts submitted by individual lottery managers to the treasurer, giving details for those tickets each had personally signed and was responsible for -- Accounts, often listed by lottery class, detail sales revenue sent to the treasurer for tickets sold as well as unclaimed prize money submitted. Prize-winning tickets are included, some canceled/endorsed on verso. Expense details include prizes paid out, tickets returned unsold (see: Unsold canceled lottery tickets ((M-Ar)2263X)), accounts for printing bills, and commissions for managers. Semiannual lottery accounts include tickets each manager gave to the Beverly Cotton Manufactory, per Resolves 1790, Jan 1791 Sess, c 96 (Mar. 4, 1791). Treasurer notes indicate blotter entry dates of accounts, and when prizes were claimed after manager accounts were submitted. Series also includes other treasurer paperwork related to lottery accounts. There are bills from printers for publishing lottery announcements, Apr.-July ... Read More
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Publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the complete and annotated set: The Acts and resolves, public and private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, including the years 1692 to 1780, and popularly known as the Province Laws, was authorized by Resolves 1865, c 43, and again by Resolves 1867, c 87. (See also Resolves 1893, c 12; St 1894, c 387; and St 1899, c 477.) Under the mandated direction of the governor and council, the twenty-one volumes were issued between 1869 and 1922, with materials relating to the project being deposited with the state secretary. Volume 6, containing private acts, was published in 1896. Series contains publisher's draft of the volume, presumably prepared by the then editor of the Province laws, Abner C. Goodell -- Private acts relate to actions or settlements involving individuals. Topics include marriage and divorce; land titles; also criminal trials, legal reviews, and punishment
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Pursuant to St 1863, c 118, the state treasurer was authorized to issue scrip or certificates of debt in the name of the Commonwealth to pay all liabilities incurred in the purchase or manufacture of ordnance or in the building and equipping of iron-clad or other steamers or other fortification for the defense of the Massachusetts coast. Coupon certificates issued in 1863 and 1864 and valued at 1000 dollars, were due in 1883 with interest paid at six percent semiannually. Series consists of an interest book recording semi-annual interest payments from 1863-1875. Interest payment records through 1883 are continued in v. 3 of: Interest schedule for temporary loans, 1823-1871 ((M-Ar)1479X) -- Information in entries includes date, number, and amount of certificate (1000 dollars) six-month interest amount and date paid; and signature of payee