9.44 cubic ft. (ca. 70,000 cards ; 10 x 15 cm in 59 boxes).
27 microfilm reels ; 16mm.
Arranged in three sequences (1902-1981, 1914-1984, 1944-1987) alphabetically by surname (third sequence unarranged).
The state secretary (since 1961 through a unit currently called the Commissions Section) attests to all commissions of office signed by the governor, administering the oath of office to and/or recording the name of these and other public appointees. Abstracts were created by the secretary to provide alphabetical access to qualification certificates issued to notaries, justices of the peace, and other appointed officials taking the oath of office (Qualification certificates of appointed officials ((M-Ar) 181)) -- Information includes name, municipality, and dates of appointment and qualification. Some instances also include signature, name change, and data on termination of appointment.
For a listing of related series see: Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Records of commissions, proclamations, pardons, and other official documents, 1713-1945 (bulk 1747-1936)((M-Ar)161X).
Dates for second sequence derived from sample box.
Microfilm (coverage incomplete--two sets) included with series.
Container list for second sequence.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0186-A/(OCoLC)145429609 describes the history and functions of the Commissions Section.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0029-A/(OCoLC)145429236 describes the history and functions of the Office of the Secretary of State.