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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 41 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_010

Boys' dormitory

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_032

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_011

Boys in costumes

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_036

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_002

Boys participating in military drill

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_031

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

Case file

 File — Box: SB - 017, Folder: 23
Identifier: 8503.003
Scope and Contents Includes one case file for a child under supervision of the Office of Trustees for Children, 1899-1907.

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_019

Dining room

 Digital Record
Identifier: 8500002_030

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