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Boston (Mass.). Overseers of the Poor


Historical note

The Overseers of the Poor in the Town of Boston, a corporation established in 1772 by act of the Legislature, were succeeded in 1864 by the corporation called “Overseers of the Poor in the City of Boston. In 1921, the name of the corporation was changed to Overseers of the Public Welfare. In 1954, the official name of the department was changed to the Welfare Department. The Overseers of the Public Welfare are also incorporated as a Board of Trustees of John Boylston’s and other charitable funds.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Pamphlets relating to the Overseers of the Poor

Identifier: 8710.001
Scope and Contents

Pamphlet published in 1823 by the Overseers of the Poor, providing their account of the controversy between the Overseers and the City Council pertaining to the authority over the Almshouse and the new House of Industry and two reports to the City Council from 1823 and 1825.

Dates: 1823, 1825

Public Welfare Department annual reports

Identifier: 8700.001
Scope and Contents

Includes "Annual Report of the Overseers of the Poor" for 1891; "Annual Report of the Overseers of the Public Welfare" for 1952 and 1964. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Dates: 1891-1964 with gaps

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

Temporary Home for Women and Children records

Identifier: 8720.001
Scope and Contents note The collection includes records of the City Temporary Home also known as the Temporary Home for Women and Children. The collection has been divided into the following four series: Series I. Registers of Inmates admitted; Series II. Indexes to Inmates; Series III: Report of Inmates received and aided at City Temporary Home; Series IV. Administrative records. The inmate registers span the years 1857-1993 with gaps. The registers are recorded chronologically. The volumes from...
Dates: 1857-1993