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Boston (Mass.). Children's Institutions Department

 Organization

Historical note

By Chapters 395 and 451 of the Acts of 1897, the control of the city's institutions was divided, and they were placed under the Children’s Institutions Department, the Pauper Institutions Department, the Insane Hospital Department and the Penal Institutions Department. The trustees of the Children’s Institutions Department had charge and control for the house of employment and reformation of juvenile offenders, known as the House of Reformation at Rainsford Island, the Parental School for Truants at West Roxbury and the Home for Pauper and Neglected Children on Marcella street, Roxbury. They also had charge and control of children placed in country homes and the general supervision of children placed in institutions throughout the State, for whose care the city paid. Chapter 7 of Ordinances of 1920 abolished the Penal Institutions, Infirmary, Children’s Institutions and Institutions Registration Departments and consolidated them into one department called the Institutions Department under the charge of one commissioner.

Found in 40 Collections and/or Records:

Boy being examined by doctor

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_023

Boy in costume

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_008

Boys around flag pole

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_021

Boys' dormitory

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_032

Boys' dormitory

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_010

Boys holding poultry

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_016

Boys in chapel

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_007

Boys in classroom

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_013

Boys in costumes

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_036

Boys in costumes

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_011

Boys in dining room

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_004

Boys in sewing class

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_015

Boys in wood working shop

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_020

Boys making shoes

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_017

Boys participating in military drill

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_031

Boys participating in military drill

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_002

Boys playing outside

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_025

Boys reading and playing indoors

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_027

Boys working at sewing machines

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_034

Boys working in kitchen

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_001

Boys working in machine shop

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_012

Boys working in print shop

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_005

Children's Institutions Department annual reports

 Collection
Identifier: 8503.002
Scope and Contents note The records in this collection consist entirely of the annual reports of the Children’s Institutions Department. These reports span the dates 1898 through 1920 with gaps for the years 1899-1900 and 1914-1915. The reports provide statistical data for each institution under the control of the Department as well as reports from the individual superintendants for each institution. Included are summaries of the Department’s operations for the previous fiscal year, comparison to the fiscal year...

Dining room

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_030

Dining room

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_019

Furnace room

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_026

House on Rainsford Island

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_024

Institutions annual reports

 Series
Identifier: 8500.001
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports of the Board of Directors of Public Institutions, 1857-1886 and 1888; Commissioner of Public Institutions, 1890-1891, 1893-1894, 1897, and 1928; Institutions Registration Department, 1901, 1913-1915; and one bound volume of City Documents relating to the Lunatic Hospital, Inspectors of Prisons, Directors of Public Institutions and Rules and Regulations, 1863-1869. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Library room

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_028

Marcella-street Home records

 Collection
Identifier: 8503.001
Scope and Contents note The records for the Marcella-street Home consist of only one volume. This volume is a register of those children sentenced by the court who entered the Marcella-street Home from its opening in April 1877 through its closing in November 1898. The Marcella-street Home housed only boys from the time of its opening until 1881 when girls were transferred there from the Almshouse at Deer Island. Entries for girls begin to appear in the register in October 1881. The register recorded a...

Point Cottage, Rainsford Island

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_018

Rainsford Island buildings

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_033

Rainsford Island buildings

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_035

Rainsford Island buildings

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_014

Rainsford Island buildings

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_006

Rainsford Island in winter

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_022

Rainsford Island in winter

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_009

Shower room

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_029

Suffolk School for Boys lantern slides

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: 8500.002
Scope and Contents Collection of lantern slides of views of buildings and inmates of the Suffolk School for Boys (House of Reformation) on Rainsford Island.

Suffolk School for Boys main building

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_003