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2400. Treasury Department

 Record Group
Identifier: 2400
The Collector-Treasurer has the care and custody of the current funds of the City, of all monies, properties and securities placed in his charge by any statute or ordinance, or by any gift, devise, bequest or deposit and pays all bills and demands against the City. The earlier treasurers were chosen by the Selectmen; from 1660-1690 the choice was made sometimes by the Selectmen, sometimes by the town meeting; afterwards by the latter only. Chapter 7 of the Acts of 1802 established the Treasurer of the Town of Boston as the Collector of taxes. Chapter 176 of the Acts of 1875 established a separate office of Collector. Said Collector received the powers previously possessed by the Treasurer as collector of taxes, and would also collect and receive all assessments, betterments, rates, dues and money payable on any account to the City of Boston or the County of Suffolk. The Collector was required to pay over to the Treasurer within twenty-four hours any and all money received by him. Section 65 of Chapter 2 of the Ordinances of 1954 reorganized the Treasury Department by abolishing the office of City Treasurer and substituting therefore the office of Collector-Treasurer.

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

City Treasurer correspondence

Identifier: 2400.007
Scope and Contents Two volumes of City Treasurer correspondence.

City Treasurer correspondence files

Identifier: 2400.008
Scope and Contents City Treasurer's files of departmental correspondence, Commonwealth departmental correspondence and correspondence with banks. This collection is unprocessed.

City Wharf records

Identifier: 2400.009
Scope and Contents note Includes record of City Wharfage, 1829-1832; List of Vessels laying at City Wharf, 1829-1831; and financial journals, 1829-1832 and 1839-1841. City Wharfage volume lists date, name of vessel, list of items on board and charge. Vessels laying at City Wharf volume lists date, name of vessel, place, master, owner or agent, time of leaving, number of days at wharf, and fee.

Financial records

Identifier: 2400.014
Scope and Contents Various financial records kept by the City Treasurer. Includes ledgers, journals, cash books, records of bonds, records of debt, etc.

Mayor's drafts

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.

Police Fund records

Identifier: 2400.011
Scope and Contents By ordinance passed June 17, 1870, all monies received by police officers for fees as witnesses and paid by them into the City Treasury would be kept as a separate fund and be invested and managed by the Mayor, City Auditor and City Treasurer. The income of said fund would be applied to the relief of persons who received an honorable discharge from the Police force by reason of sickness, age or other inability and in necessitous circumstances and also to the relief of widows and orphans of...

Receipts for City drafts

Identifier: 2400.003
Scope and Contents Record of receipt of payment of city draft. Includes amount and signature.

Record of emigrants landing

Identifier: 2400.005
Scope and Contents Includes lists of vessels arriving and names of passengers.

Record of expenditures

Identifier: 2400.013
Scope and Contents Ledgers documenting expenditures of the Town of Boston, 1809/1810, 1812/1813-1813/1814, 1815/1816 1819/1820. Expenditures are listed by department or account.

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.

Record of receipts and disbursements

Identifier: 2400.012
Scope and Contents Includes Daily Abstracts of Receipts and Disbursements, 1886-1914 and 1917-1918; Monthly Abstracts of Receipts and Disbursements, 1886-1902; and General Abstracts, 1921-1985 with gaps. Some volumes are in extremely poor condition.

Record of suits against the city

Identifier: 2400.006
Scope and Contents Record of suits against the City in which summonses have been served upon the City Treasurer for 1881-1899 and ?-1927. Includes date, name of plaintiff, attachment, course of action, and date returnable to Superior Court and Municipal Court.

Record of unpaid drafts

 Series — Volumes 1-2
Identifier: 2400.004
Scope and Contents Lists of unpaid drafts with disposition of item.

Temporary loan records

Identifier: 2400.016

Treasury Department annual reports and publications

Identifier: 2400.015
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports for the years 1954-1964, 1966 and 1968-1976 and miscellaneous publications. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Trust Fund records

Identifier: 2400.010
Scope and Contents Includes trustees papers which consist of correspondence, receipts, votes etc. relating to city trust funds, 1917-1978; investment ledgers, circa 1905-1979; cashbooks and journals, 1923-1962; and other miscellaneous financial records.