Proceedings, 1774-1775

Massachusetts Provincial Congress


2 v..
0.43 cubic ft. (2 v.)..
1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
In three subseries: (1) Oct. 7-Dec. 10, l774 (2) Feb. 1-May 29, 1775 (3) May 31-July 19, 1775; arranged within each subseries chronologically by date of meeting.
Three successive provincial congresses served as the government of Massachusetts in opposition to the crown-appointed governor and council, before and during the outbreak of the Revolution. Proceedings are a daily account of their activities -- For political reasons they were considered confidential documents. Included are resolves and orders, procedural discussions, committee reports, and addresses and texts of pamphlets ordered to be published and circulated to Massachusetts towns. Secretaries maintaining records were Benjamin Lincoln (Oct. 1774-Apr. 1775), John Murray (Apr.-May 1775) and Samuel Freeman (May-July 1775).
Original and transcript lack final portion of second congress, May 22-29, 1775. Published version (see below) reconstructs period from other sources. Original contains first and second congresses only. For third congress from June 25, 1775 see: Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Massachusetts archives collection ((M-Ar)45X), v. 140, p. 116-177. For drafts of minutes and for other congressional documents, 1774-1775, see: v. 295, p. 117-164.
Official ms. transcript of unknown date with variations from originals and from contemporary printed accounts included with series; numbered and shelved as part of: Court records, v. 31-32 (for volume list see: Massachusetts. Council. Legislative records ((M-Ar)1701X)).
Microfilm available in Archives reading room with series (M-Ar)170lX.
Microfilm (subseries (3)) included with series.
Ms. transcript: Massachusetts State Library. 341 State House, Boston, MA 02133.
Published pursuant to Resolves 1837, c 32 in: Massachusetts. Provincial Congress. The journals of each Provincial Congress of Massachusetts in 1774 and 1775, and of the Committee of Safety. Boston : Dutton and Wentworth, 1838; available in Archives reading room.
In published version.
Chronological contents in transcript and published version.
For reading room microfilm reel list and for General Court proceedings (upper house/Council) finding aid see: Massachusetts. Council. Legislative records ((M-Ar)1701X).
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0358-A describes the history and functions of the Provincial Congress.

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