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Scope and Contents The Appropriation ledgers document the monthly obligations taken on by each department and how these obligations were paid for, including general drafts, payroll drafts, and special drafts. They also present the initial total amount provided by appropriation for each department as well as any additional amounts obtained through other means (e.g. loans) to meet the year-end total departmental obligations.
Series — Multiple Containers
Scope and Contents Includes copies of the Auditor's Reports which are annual reports of the receipts and expenditures of the City. Also includes miscellaneous publications of the Auditing Department. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.
Scope and Contents Includes bills and receipts for services and materials purchased by the City of Boston, circa 1822-1870. The records are generally grouped by department and date and record the materials or services purchased, the cost and a signature or note approving the purchase.
Scope and Contents Includes the proceedings of the Board from December 20, 1872-March 17, 1873 and a list entitled "Memo" recording inquiries made to the Board.
Scope and Contents Established by Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1898, "An Act Relative to the Finances of the City of Boston." Repealed by Section 1 of Chapter 449 of the Acts of 1899. The records were transferred to the custody of the City Clerk when the Board was disbanded. Includes hearing transcripts and records.
Scope and Contents note The ordinance passed August 2, 1824 establishing the position of Auditor of Accounts also established a joint committee of the City Council as part of a new system of accountability in the expenditures of the City. Includes the proceedings of the meetings of the Committee on Accounts.
Series — Publications: PB 002
Scope and Contents The Debt records document all the debt of the City of Boston. This includes the City Debt, the Water Debt, and any additional bonds or notes issued by the City. Also included are records for the City’s Sinking Fund; the Sinking Fund serves as a means by which the City pays down its debt.
Scope and Contents The Boston Finance Commission records are comprised of three series: administrative files, project files, reports. The administrative files is a small series containing the records of the Finance Commissioner and the records of the Boston Assessing Committee. The project files include reports, correspondence, studies and related information on issues investigated by the Boston Finance Commission. The reports series includes both published and unpublished reports that were issued by the Finance...
Scope and Contents Includes Reports of the Boston Finance Commission and surveys on the Boston Public Schools, Building Department, Welfare Department, Health Department, Boston Elevated Railway, etc.
Scope and Contents City Clerk's Office copies of loan orders, appropriations and transfers approved by the Mayor and City Council.
Scope and Contents Various financial records kept by the City Treasurer. Includes ledgers, journals, cash books, records of bonds, records of debt, etc.
Scope and Contents Journals are a daily record of the financial activity of the City of Boston. They record the financial transactions of the City in the order in which they occurred. All entries appear in chronological order; an alphabetical index often appears at the front of each volume.
Scope and Contents The Ledgers are a record of the financial activity of the City of Boston by department or account. As opposed to the Journals, which record all activity chronologically, the Ledgers record all transactions by department or account on a monthly or yearly basis.
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.
Scope and Contents Record of receipt of payment of city draft. Includes amount and signature.
Series — Volumes: 1-10
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.
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.
Series — Volumes: 1-2
Scope and Contents Lists of unpaid drafts with disposition of item.
- Subject: Municipal finance X
- Boston (Mass.). Auditing Department 8
- Boston (Mass.). Treasury Department 7
- Boston (Mass.). Office of the Mayor 4
- Boston (Mass.). City Clerk 2
- Boston (Mass.). Finance Commission 2
- Boston (Mass.). Board of Commissioners of the Summer Street Fire Loan 1
- Boston (Mass.). Board of Estimate and Apportionment 1
- Boston (Mass.). Board of Health (1872-1914) 1
- Boston (Mass.). City Council 1
- Boston (Mass.). City Council. Committee on Accounts 1
- Boston (Mass.). Committee of Finance 1
- Boston (Mass.). Overseers of the Poor 1
- Suffolk County (Mass.) 1 ∧ less