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Boston (Mass.). Office of the Mayor

 Organization

Historical note

Boston was incorporated as a city on February 23, 1822 by Chapter 110 of the Acts of 1821. This act was adopted by the voters on March 4, 1822. The City Charter established the form of government as a Mayor; a Board of Aldermen, consisting of eight elected at large; and a Common Council, of forty-eight elected by wards; to be called when conjoined, ‘the City Council.” The Mayor and Aldermen were vested with the administration of the police, and executive power of the corporation generally, with specific enumerated powers. All other powers belonging to the corporation were vested in the Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council exercised by concurrent vote.

Found in 49 Collections and/or Records:

Mayoral addresses

 Series
Identifier: 0200.001
Scope and Contents

Includes two compilation volumes of addresses from 1822-1867 and printed copies of annual and inaugural addresses of the Mayor from 1824-1980 with gaps.

Dates: 1822-1980 with gaps

Mayoral portraits

 Series
Identifier: XV
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

Photographs and other images collected by the Boston Landmarks Commission for reference use and for publications as well as photographs taken by the Landmarks Commission documenting their work and city neighborhoods.

Dates: circa 1880-2000s

Mayor's approvals

 Series
Identifier: 2200.020
Dates: 1918-1923 with gaps

Mayor's approvals

 Series
Identifier: 0500.012
Scope and Contents note This series consists of chronological bound volumes of letters (letters were later replaced by standardized forms) written by the City of Boston Fire Commissioner to the Mayor requesting approval for myriad personnel and financial matters. Approval requests regarding personnel matters include those for new hires, retirements, salary/wage increases, reinstatements, pension enrollments for widows, and pension allotments for those who were injured on the job. Some requests for vacation time for...
Dates: 1901-1994 with gaps

Mayor's drafts

 Series
Identifier: 2400.001
Scope and Contents

Requests by the Mayor to the City Treasurer to pay persons named the sums listed. From 1820-1822, the requests are made by the Selectmen.

Dates: 1820 September-1870 April

Mayor's Office of Cable Communications filings

 Collection — Box: 3, Drawer: 1, Box: 5
Identifier: 0301.003
Scope and Contents note This collection consists of the copies of records filed in the Office of the City Clerk by the Mayor’s Office of Cable Communications for public inspection pursuant to 207 CMR (Code of Massachusetts Regulations) 3.00. These records span the dates 1980 – 2003, with bulk dates of 1980 – 1984 and 1996 - 2003. Present within these records are proposals/applications, reports, correspondence, documents pertaining to public hearings, plans and maps, contracts, and cable licenses. There is also...
Dates: 1980-2003; Majority of material found within Bulk, 1980-1984, 1996-2003

Mayor's Office of Housing : programs and progress, circa 1980

 Item — Publications: PB 024
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Collection of publications produced by the Mayor's Office and various offices within the Mayor's Office on many topics relating to Boston.

Dates: Other: circa 1980

Message from the mayor of Boston to municipal personnel on conflict of interest law, 1963

 Item — Publications: PB 020
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Collection of publications produced by the Mayor's Office and various offices within the Mayor's Office on many topics relating to Boston.

Dates: Other: 1963

Morgan et al. v. Hennigan et al. and related cases files

 Collection
Identifier: 0700.028
Scope and Contents note This collection consists of records of the City's Law Department concerning the "School Cases" relating to desegregation in the late 1960s-1970s. The major case represented in this collection is Tallulah Morgan et al. v. James Hennigan et al. (later known as Morgan v. Kerrigan, Morgan v. McDonough, Morgan v. Sullivan, etc. due to the changes in the School Committee presidency). Also included in this collection are files of the following two cases: Boston School Committee v. Board of...
Dates: 1967-1979

Office of the Mayor bills relating to the Anthony Burns case

 Series — Box: SB - 011, Folder: 7
Identifier: 0200.020
Scope and Contents note

This collection contains bills and receipts in conncection with the military services of various cavalry, infantry, and artillery units of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. Payments are detailed for ammunitions supplies such as musket balls, carbine cartridges, and ball cartridges purchased from William Read. Co. The file also includes several writs of attachment which seem to have resulted from a contractual dispute over unpaid bills for refreshments for the Light Guards.

Dates: 1854-1855

Office of the Mayor reports and publications

 Series
Identifier: 0200.006
Scope and Contents

Collection of publications produced by the Mayor's Office and various offices within the Mayor's Office on many topics relating to Boston.

Dates: circa 1895-2015

Papers relating to the draft riots

 Series — Box: SB - 017, Folder: 6-7
Identifier: 0200.023
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence to Mayor Lincoln, general orders and police reports regarding the draft riots in 1863.

Dates: 1863

Record of payment of drafts

 Series — Volumes: 1-10
Identifier: 2400.002
Scope and Contents

Record of payments of the drafts of the Mayor and Aldermen and County drafts of the Mayor and Aldermen. Volume 1 includes payment of drafts of the Overseers of the Poor.

Dates: 1822-1838

Reports of Harvey S. Chase expert accountant made to the mayor of Boston, 1902

 Item — Volume: 2
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Collection of publications produced by the Mayor's Office and various offices within the Mayor's Office on many topics relating to Boston.

Dates: Other: 1902

The inaugural addresses of the mayors of Boston volume II, 1896

 Item — Volume: 1
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Collection of publications produced by the Mayor's Office and various offices within the Mayor's Office on many topics relating to Boston.

Dates: Other: 1896

Twelve Mayors of Boston 1900-1970: Photographs from an Exhibitiion prepared by the Boston Public Library, 1970

 Item — Publications: PB 016
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Includes annual reports of the Library Department for 1967 and 1985-1986, statistical reports from 1954 and 1957, proceedings of the dedication of the Library building in 1858, a history of the Library from 1911, works published by the Library and other miscellaneous publications. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Dates: Other: 1970

[Two unidentified women standing in hospital hallway], 1974 August 16

 Item — Box: 47, Folder: People
Identifier: 7020001-0299
Scope and Contents From the Collection: This collection documents the history of the Boston City Hospital from 1864-1996. Parts of this collection were originally in the custody of the Boston City Hospital Library. The collection includes Board of Trustees minutes and records; published reports of the hospital; administrative files of the hospital and of the library; financial records of the hospital; historical files and news clippings compiled by the library over time; holdings of the library including medical texts dating...
Dates: 1974 August 16