3 file folders (partial doc. box).
2 partial microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
In two subseries: (1) Prison returns (2) Manufacturer returns.
The Board to Investigate the Subject of the Unemployed inquired into the subject of the unemployed in Massachusetts and measures for their relief by the Commonwealth and its municipalities. To further its investigations the board conducted a survey of correctional institutions and businesses in Massachusetts to determine whether convict labor interfered with manufacturing interests (St 1894, c 238, s 2), as recorded in this series.
contains completed questionnaires or equivalent letters from state/county correctional authorities responding to queries regarding no. occupations practiced, no. inmates employed, hours of labor, no. instructors, machinery used, no. employed at hand work, rewards, puinishments/fines, product value, system of employment, percentage of discharged inmates pursuing same occupation.
contains completed questionnaires or equivalent letterers from maufacturers responding to queries regarding harmful effect if any of prison labor on industry, generally or in particular cases; comparative effect of piece price and state account plans; possible amendments to existing law.
Misc. materials filed at end of series include survey data in tabular form for public account and piece price plans: product value/no. employed per occupation for each institution; proposed legislation; and background news clippings.
Microfilm (two sets; one marked: corrected copy) included with series.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0299-A describes the history and functions of the Board to Investigate the Subject of the Unemployed.