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Boston (Mass.). Board of Health

 Organization

The first Board of Health in Boston was established in 1799, under the special statute of February 13, 1799. This Board of Health was abolished by the first city charter. From 1822-1873, the functions of the Board were exercised through the City Council. The last Board of Health was established by ordinance passed December 2, 1872. By Chapter 1 of the Ordinances of 1914, 2nd series, the Health Department was placed in charge of one executive, the Health Commissioner, who appointed the deputy commissioners. Chapter 1 of the Ordinances of 1927 abolished the Boston Sanatorium Department and placed the Tuberculosis Hospital at Mattapan under the jurisdiction of the Trustees of the Boston City Hospital; all other powers and duties, as well as the Out-Patient Department, were transferred to the Health Commissioner. Chapter 656 of the Acts of 1965, accepted January 6, 1966, created the Health and Hospitals Department, merging the former Health Department and former Hospital Department.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Board of Health journal

 Item — Volume: 1
Identifier: 7010.005

Nuisance complaints

 Series
Identifier: 7010.003
Scope and Contents Includes two volumes documenting complaints of nuisances and disposition of complaints for 1825-1826 and 1828.

Public Health Commission annual reports and publications

 Series
Identifier: 7000.002
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports of predecessor boards/departments including Trustees of Boston City Hospital, Board of Health and Department of Health and Hospitals; Digest of Health Laws and Rules and Regulations, 1904 and 1923; History of Boston City Hospital, 1906; Proceedings of the Dedication of City Hospital, 1865; and publications on Health Units, statistics and other topics. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Public Health Commission Board records

 Record Group
Identifier: 7000.001
Scope and Contents note This collection documents the history of the Boston Public Health Commission, which was formed in 1996 as a result of the merger between the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals and Boston University Medical Center. The consolidation of these two institutions also created the Boston Medical Center, which subsumed the former Boston City Hospital. In addition, the histories of the Department of Health and Boston City Hospital from 1865-1965 (with gaps), the history of the Department of ...

Record of prosecutions

 Item — Volume: 1
Identifier: 7010.006
Scope and Contents Record of prosecutions for violations of health laws.

Smallpox: the nature of the disease and how it may be controlled: prevention by vaccination, circa 1919

 Item — Publications: PB 121
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports of predecessor boards/departments including Trustees of Boston City Hospital, Board of Health and Department of Health and Hospitals; Digest of Health Laws and Rules and Regulations, 1904 and 1923; History of Boston City Hospital, 1906; Proceedings of the Dedication of City Hospital, 1865; and publications on Health Units, statistics and other topics. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Stable petitions

 Series
Identifier: 7010.004
Scope and Contents Chapter 89 of the Acts of 1889, an "Act Relating to the Use of Buildings in the City of Boston for Stables", transferred the power to regulate stables from the Board of Aldermen to the Board of Health. Includes petitions numbered 1-6696 to occupy stables presented to the Board of Health.

Vaccinating Committees of the several wards proceedings

 Series
Identifier: 7010.001
Scope and Contents Minutes of the meetings of the Vaccinating Committees for the several wards of the cities to discuss plans for the use of kine pock for the vaccination of residents against small pox.