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Under the direction of the state archivist, the Massachusetts Archives is responsible for securing, preserving, and managing noncurrent records of the Commonwealth determined to possess archival value. The state secretary's responsibility for such records, grounded in the Constitution (1780), was not specifically delegated until 1897, when the third clerk of the secretary's office was designated as chief of the Archives Division (St 1897, c 351). Series reflects administration of the secretary's archival function after further provision for the professional post of Archivist of the Commonwealth (St 1962, c 18) -- Files contain correspondence and memorandums chiefly involving the archivist, archives staff, and allied state secretary's office personnel and pertaining to internal administrative concerns, from the terms of state archivists R. Nicholas Olsberg (1976-1979) and Albert H. Whitaker (1979-1995).
For earlier files see: Chief of Archives Division administrative files, 1846-1985 ((M-Ar)2196X); see also: Archivist's administrative correspondence, 1968-1993 ((M-Ar)2197).
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0108-A describes the history and functions of the Massachusetts Archives.