Published transcriptions of Massachusetts constitutional convention records, 1853-1933

Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State

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1 cubic ft. (15 v.)..
However, conventions to consider amending the Constitution met in 1820 (administrative files in (M-Ar)53X, proceedings in (M-Ar)52X--for records in published form see series description cited below); 1853 (all proposals rejected); and 1917-1919 (administrative files in (M-Ar)54X), including a rearrangement of the Constitution accepted but nullified by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1920 ((M-Ar)36X). Series includes published transcriptions of constitutional convention records of 1853 (only original journal surviving, held by the Concord (Mass.) Public Library) and of 1917-1919 (not all originals surviving). For amendments since 1820 see (M-Ar)35. Records of occasional constitutional conventions for amendments passed or rejected since 1919 are found in the journals and unpassed legislation of the General Court's Senate ((M-Ar)531 and (M-Ar)231) and House of Representatives ((M-Ar)532 and (M-Ar) 230).
Included also in this series is a published transcription of proceedings of the convention of 1933 to ratify the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, itself repealing the 18th amendment (administrative files in (M-Ar)56X). For the adoption of the U.S. Constitution itself in 1788 see: Massachusetts archives collection ((M-Ar)45X, v. 278) and (M-Ar)32X; for resolutions ratifying amendments, see (M-Ar)33X, 1789 (Bill of Rights) and (M-Ar)37X, 1912-1939; and for proceedings relating to amendments generally see General Court records as cited above.
For further descriptions of record series referenced above search by title as follows.
(M-Ar)29X Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1780.
(M-Ar)32X Copy of the resolution adopting the U.S. Constitution, 1788.
(M-Ar)33X Proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution, 1789.
(M-Ar)35 Articles of amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth, 1821-1980.
(M-Ar)36X Rejected rearrangement of the state constitution, 1919.
(M-Ar)37X Resolutions ratifying amendments to the U.S. Constitution, 1912-1939.
(M-Ar)45X Massachusetts archives collection.
(M-Ar)52X Proceedings of the constitutional convention of 1820, 1820-1821.
(M-Ar)53X Administrative files of the constitutional convention of 1820, 1820-1821.
(M-Ar)54X Administrative files of the constitutional convention of 1917, 1917-1919.
(M-Ar)56X Administrative files of the constitutional convention of 1933, 1933.
(M-Ar)230 House journal.
(M-Ar)231 Senate journal.
(M-Ar)531 House unpassed legislation.
(M-Ar)532 Senate unpassed legislation.
Contents of this series.
Journal of the constitutional convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,1853. Boston: White & Potter, 1853. Debates and proceedings of the state convention, 1853, to revise and amend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 3 v. Boston: White & Potter, 1853. Documents printed by order of the constitutional convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1853. Boston: White & Potter, 1853. Discussions on the constitution proposed to the people of Massachusetts by the convention of 1853. Boston: Little, Brown, 1854.
Journal of the constitutional convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1917 [i.e. 1917-1919]. Boston: Wright & Potter, 1917. (Insert: Amendments passed by the constitutional convention ... 1918. Boston: Wright & Potter, 1918.) Additional copy with: Senate journal ((M-Ar)531). Debates of the Massachusetts constitutional convention, 1917-[1919]. 4 v. Boston: Wright & Potter, 1919-1920. Vol. 1: Chapters I to XV. Vol. 2: The initiative and referendum. Vol. 3: Chapters XVII to LXI. Vol. 4: Rearrangement of the Constitution and miscellaneous subjects. Bulletins of the constitutional convention, 1917-1918. 2 v. Boston: Wright & Potter, 1918-1919. Vol. 1: Bulletins 1 to 16. Vol. 2: Bulletins 17 to 37.
Proceedings of the constitutional convention, 1933 [Boston, 1933]. 2 copies; additional copy in (M-Ar)56X (see above).
The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ((M-Ar)29X) was adopted in 1780 (see: Massachusetts archives collection ((M-Ar)45X, v. 160, 276-277)), as the result of a constitutional convention convened in 1779 and 1780. It contained a provision (Const Pt 2, C 6, Art 10) providing for taking, in 1795, the sense of the people as to the expediency or necessity of revising the original instrument. But no such revision was deemed necessary at that time.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0029-A/(OCoLC)145429236 describes the history and functions of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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