MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY/COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS PRINTED RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS COLLECTION, 1714-1865
VAULT A5, UNIT C2
EXTENT: 2.75 linear ft. (2 containers).
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGMENT: Organized into two series: I. Printed volumes, 1714-1786; II. Broadside and forms, 1756-1865.
Scope and Content: the Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point in Boston (220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125; 617 727-2816) is the official repository for records created by Massachusetts state government. (For a synopsis of the holdings of the Massachusetts Archives and related agencies, visit http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colidx.htm.)
The collection here described is an artificial grouping of a small number of state documents from various sources. It is of little use for in-depth research into state law, history, operations, etc., for which the coherent collection of the Massachusetts Archives should be consulted.
The Third Balcony Collection of the Concord Free Public Library houses some state documents which may dovetail with items in this collection.
The collection consists of bound printed volumes or disbound portions of bound printed volumes of acts, laws, resolves, and charter, dating from 1714-1786, and of one broadside and four forms—A Proclamation … [concerning] An act for preventing the Exportation of Provisions and warlike Stores … (1756), three printed Massachusetts form tax warrants filled out for Lancaster (1779 Jan., Apr., and Sept.), and Benjamin Tolman’s copy of a 36 page printed Massachusetts form titled Statistics of certain Branches of Industry, as they existed in the Town of Concord [“Concord” supplied in manuscript] … (1865).
SOURCES OF ACQUISITION: Multiple; established for four items.
1714 bound Acts and Laws: gift of James E. Baker, 1934 Nov.
1749-1763 disbound sections of Acts and Laws: gift, 1959.
1755 bound Temporary Acts and Laws: gift of Mrs. Sherman Hoar, 1934 Nov.
1759 bound Acts and Laws: gift, 1958 Nov.
PROVENANCE: Established for two items.
1759 bound Acts and Laws, 1783-1786 bound Resolves: originally owned by the Town of Concord.
NOTES/COMMENTS: Four items accessioned.
1714 bound Acts and Laws: accession no. 74560; accessioned 1934 Nov.
1749-1763 disbound sections of Acts and Laws: 119896; 1959.
1755 bound Temporary Acts and Laws: 74445; 1934 Nov.
1759 bound Acts and Laws: 118115; 1958 Nov.
PROCESSED BY: LPW; finding aid prepared 06/03/95. Prepared for the Internet by Peter K. Steinberg, 05/30/06.
Box 1, Item 1:
Acts and Laws… [preceded by charter], 1714.
Box 1, Item 2 (foldered):
Redeeming Bills of Credit. An Act … [disbound], 1748.
Box 1, Items 3-5 (foldered):
Acts and Laws… [sections apparently disbound from three separate bound volumes], 1749; 1761; 1763.
Box 1, Item 6 (foldered):
Temporary Acts and Laws …, 1755.
Box 1, Item 7:
Acts and Laws… [preceded by charter], 1759.
Box 1, Item 8:
Resolves of the General Court…, 1783-1786.
SERIES II. BROADSIDE AND FORMS, 1756-1865:
Box 2, Item 1:
A Proclamation … [concerning] An act for preventing the Exportation of Provisions and warlike Stores …, 1756. (Six copies.)
Box 2, Item 2:
Massachusetts. Treasury Office. [Three printed Massachusetts form tax warrants made out to William Locke, “Constable or Collector of Lancaster”], Jan., Apr., and Sept., 1779.
Box 2, Item 3:
Printed Massachusetts form (36 p.), Statistics of certain Branches of Industry, as they existed in the Town of Concord [“Concord” supplied in manuscript] … (1865). (Benjamin Tolman’s copy, with Concord statistics supplied in manuscript 1865 Aug. 29.)
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Not to be reproduced in any form without permission of the Curator of Special Collections, Concord Free Public Library.
Mounted 6th January 2007. rcwh.