COLLECTION GUIDES

1733-1925

Guide to the Microfilm Edition


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the administrative records (1738-1916), almshouse records (1735-1911), temporary home records (1862-1925), and miscellaneous records (1733-1901) of the Boston Overseers of the Poor.

Historical Sketch

The Boston Overseers of the Poor were established by a colonial act in 1692, and incorporated in 1772. Under the provisions of the first city charter in 1822, one person was elected in each ward to be an Overseer of the Poor, totaling 12 Overseers. In 1864, it was voted that four Overseers be elected by the City Council in April of each year, to serve for three years. By 1886, four Overseers were appointed by the Mayor in February or March of each year for three-year terms, to be confirmed by the Board of Aldermen.

The Overseers provided relief in the form of food, fuel, medicines, and sometimes money, to "deserving" persons, provided that they were "settled" in Boston. The Overseers also provided relief at the expense of towns where needy people resided until the town took charge of them and relief to non-state residents for short periods until they were removed to State Almshouses.

By 1871, the Overseers of the Poor were in charge of the Charity Building (corner of Chardon and Hawkins Streets), a headquarters for numerous charitable organizations in Boston; and the Temporary Home for Women and Children. By 1881, they ran the Wayfarer's Lodge for destitute men. The Overseers also served as trustees for various charitable trusts. While at one time the Overseers were responsible for all types of relief, in 1823 their responsibilities were limited to "outdoor relief," or relief given outside of public institutions. The Commissioners of Public Institutions were in charge of "indoor relief," which primarily consisted of the State Almshouses.

Collection Description

The records of the Boston Overseers of the Poor include administrative records, almhouse records, temporary home records, and some miscellaneous and unidentified material. Administrative records (1738-1916), include financial records, warning-out books, memoranda, correspondence, and casebooks. Almshouse records (1735-1911), consist of admission and discharge registers, lists of inmates, deaths, indentures, accounts, and memoranda. Temporary home records (1862-1925), include lists of admissions, children and foundlings records, and adoptions. Miscellaneous material (1733-1901) includes City of Boston accounts of payments to various charities, partial lists of Boston residents, and legal material.

Processing Note

The boards were removed from the volumes before they were purchased by the Society, thus titles and descriptive materials were lost. Disbound volumes have been arranged and assigned titles by the Society.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by purchase, 1957, 1962.

Microfilm Note

The microfilm of this collection is available from Scholarly Resources, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative records, 1738-1916

This series contains financial records; warning out books, memoranda, letterbooks, correspondence, lists of persons receiving various types of charity, casebooks.

Reel 1Box 1Folder 1
Lists of Overseers, 8 March 1742-1858 1 disbound (softbound) volume.

Includes ward for each overseer.

Reel 1Box 1Folder 2
Record of money granted at monthly meetings, 4 April 1738-1 March 1769 1 disbound volume.

Also includes lists of overseers and blank forms and certificates on end leaves. Cash accounts include both charitable disbursements and business accounts.

Reel 1Volume 1 (XT)
"Warning [Out] Book from January 4, 1745 to 1770."

Arranged by date under the first letter of name.

Lists persons warned, date when warned, by whom warned, towns or country from and time they have been in Boston. Lists contain, in some cases, names of family members, race, etc.

Reel 1Volume 2 (XT)
Warning Out Book from 1771 to 1773 and from 1791 to1792

Arranged by date under the first letter of name. Letter "A" and part of "B" are missing.

Lists persons warned, date when warned, by whom warned, towns or country from and time they have been in Boston. Lists contain, in some cases, names of family members, race, etc.

Reel 1Box 1Folder 3
"Monthly Memorandums to the Board of Overseers from to3rd January 1816 [6th April 1825]." 1 disbound volume.

Lists of persons in the lockroom; Bridewell; the Maniac House; and the [Alms]house. Also includes memoranda on appointments by the Board of Overseers and statistical information.

Reel 2Box 2Folder 1
Letterbook of the Overseers, 9 November 1801-21 July 1810 1 disbound volume of 271 pages with partial index of towns.

Letters to the Overseers of the Poor of various towns concerning inhabitants of those towns in the Boston Almshouse and accounts for maintenance.

Reel 2Box 2Folder 2
Letterbook of the Overseers, 18 December 1816-19 July 1820 1 disbound volume of 288 pages.

Copies of letters to the Overseers of the Poor of various towns concerning the accounts of inhabitants of those towns in the Boston Almshouse. Some letters annotated to indicate the disposition of claims.

Reel 2Box 2Folder 3
Letterbook of the Overseers, 19 July 1820-16 January 1824 1 disbound volume of 358 pages with a partial index of towns.

Copies of letters to the Overseers of the Poor of various towns concerning the accounts of inhabitants of those towns in the Boston Almshouse. Some letters annotated to indicate the disposition of claims.

Reel 2Box 2Folder 4
Letterbook of the Overseers, 12 October 1825-18 January 1827 1 disbound volume of 350 pages with an index of towns.

Copies of letters to the Overseers of the Poor of various towns concerning the accounts of inhabitants of those towns in the Boston Almshouse. Some letters annotated to indicate the disposition of claims.

Reel 3Box 3Folder 1
Letterbook of the Overseers, 23 January 1827-22 September 1828 1 disbound volume of 347 pages with an index of towns.

Copies of letters to the Overseers of the Poor of various towns concerning the accounts of inhabitants of those towns in the Boston Almshouse. Some letters annotated to indicate the disposition of claims.

Reel 3Box 3Folder 2
Letterbook of the Overseers, 23 December 1836-14 September 1842 1 disbound volume of 371 letters with an index of towns.

Copies of letters to the Overseers of the Poor of various towns concerning the accounts of inhabitants of those towns in the Boston Almshouse. Some letters annotated to indicate the disposition of claims.

Reel 3Box 3Folder 3
Records of the notification of the Overseers of the Poor of varioustowns of the expenses incurred by their inhabitants in the BostonAlmshouse, 26 January 1820-21 November 1822

Annotated with notes of actions taken and expenses paid. 1 disbound volume of 156 pages with an alphabetical index of persons discussed in the notifications.

Reel 3Box 3Folder 4
Records of the notification of the Overseers of the Poor of varioustowns of the expenses incurred by their inhabitants in the BostonAlmshouse, 23 November 1822-21 March 1825.

Annotated with notes of actions taken and expenses paid. 1 disbound volume of 77 pages with an alphabetical index of persons discussed in the notifications.

Reel 4Box 4
Correspondence, 1803-1805

Arranged alphabetically by town in separate files for Boston inhabitants and the inhabitants of other towns.

Correspondence of the Boston Overseers of the Poor (1803-1805) with the Overseers of the Poor of various Massachusetts towns concerning inhabitants of other towns in the Boston Almshouse and the inhabitants of Boston in the almshouses of other towns. There are letters and documents sent and received by the Overseers in an attempt to settle claims.

Reel 4Box 5Folder 1
Cash accounts, 3 February 1814-3 March 1824, of the Overseers of the Poor. 1 disbound volume

Accounts for funds disbursed for employee salaries, food, clothing, and sundries, including supplies for the Almshouse.

Reel 4Box 5Folder 2
Cash accounts, 7 April 1824-25 September 1827, of the Overseers of the Poor. 1 disbound volume.

Accounts for funds disbursed for employee salaries, food, clothing, and sundries, including supplies for the Almshouse.

Reel 4Box 5Folder 3
Cash accounts, 20 January 1832-24 September 1839, of the Overseers of the Poor.

Accounts for funds disbursed for employee salaries, food, clothing, and sundries, including supplies for the Almshouse.

Reel 4Box 5Folder 4
Cash accounts, 1 October 1839-31 December 1844, of the Overseers of the Poor.1 disbound volume.

Accounts for funds disbursed for employee salaries, food, clothing, and sundries, including supplies for the Almshouse.

Reel 5Box 6Folder 1
Accounts of the Overseers of the Poor and quarterly lists of [pensioners?], [1821]-17 November 18521 disbound volume; preliminary leaves obscured by newspaper clippings that have been pasted into the volume.

Lists of persons, amounts paid, and persons who received funds on behalf of others.

Reel 5Box 6Folder 2
Accounts of the Overseers of the Poor, 16 May 1820-18 April 18251 disbound volume of 275 leaves with separate softbound index of towns and businesses.

Accounts for charges to various towns and the State for the support of non-residents in the Boston Almsbouse and other money granted to non-residents.

Reel 5Box 6Folder 3
Accounts of the Overseers of the Poor, [1829-1832]1 disbound volume of 225 leaves with index of towns on preliminary leaves.

Accounts for charges to various towns and the State for the support of non-residents in the Boston Almshouse and other money granted to non-residents. Also includes cash accounts with towns and monies paid to individuals on behalf of persons receiving relief.

Reel 6Box 7Folder 1
"State Paupers in Gaol from January 1816 to [26 November 1824]" 1 disbound volume of 36, 61, 16 leaves

Originally bound with Account of drafts on the Boston City Treasury, 28 April 1828-March 1852 and Estimates of appropriations for the Overseers of the Poor, 1 May 1852-30 April 1866. Copies of letters and documents including newspaper clippings have been tipped into the volume.

Reel 6Box 7Folder 1
Account of drafts on the Boston City Treasury, 28 April 1828-March 18521 disbound volume of 36, 61, 16 leaves

Originally bound with "State Paupers in Gaol from January 1816 to [26 November 1824]" and Estimates of appropriations for the Overseers of the Poor, 1 May 1852-30 April 1866. Copies of letters and documents including newspaper clippings have been tipped into the volume.

Reel 6Box 7Folder 1
Estimates of appropriations for the Overseers of the Poor, 1 May 1852-30 April 18661 disbound volume of 36, 61, 16 leaves

Originally bound with "State Paupers in Gaol from January 1816 to [26 November 1824]" and Account of drafts on the Boston City Treasury, 28 April 1828-March 1852. Copies of letters and documents including newspaper clippings have been tipped into the volume.

Reel 6Box 7Folder 2
Accounts of the Overseers of the Poor [1846-1864] with various towns for the support of non-resident paupers receiving outdoor relief in Boston.Many pages are missing or blank. 1 disbound volume of 1-22; 63-64; 68-253 pages.

Accounts arranged by town, not in alphabetical order.

Reel 6Volume 3 (XT)
Account with the City of Boston, 1 May 1864-31 January 1916, of the Overseers of the Poor.208 pages.

Includes reciepts for disbursements from the City and bills and drafts drawns on the City.

Reel 7Box 8Folder 1
Records of names of persons receiving clothing and sundries, items, and (in some instances) cost, 13 November 1806-30 December 1808. 1 small disbound volume (incomplete: pp. 5-245).

Also contains note of charges to town or state.

Reel 7Box 8Folder 2
List of persons receiving payments by ward, 1839. 1 disbound volume of about 36 leaves.

Includes payments by month and total sum paid and days chargeable.

Reel 7Box 8Folder 3
List of persons receiving relief, alphabetically arranged, [1839-1845]. 1 small disbound volume.

Includes information on the status of their residence (and place of residence, if other than Boston), age, occupation, and period during which they received payment.

Reel 7Box 8Folder 4
List of persons receiving outdoor relief by ward, 1842. 1 disbound volume.

Includes information on money and wood received each month, place of settlement if other than Boston, and status ("aged," "lame," number of children, etc.). Also includes receipts for supplies and payments and manuscript additions and notes, signed by the overseer for each ward.

Reel 7Box 8Folder 5
"Casebook" of persons receiving outdoor relief, [1849-1852] 1 small disbound volume of 139 pages.

Entries include biographical information and status of settlement. Also includes other information on disbursements and status of persons through 1860.

II. Almshouse records, 1735-1911

This series consists of almshouse records, including admission and discharge registers, lists of inmates, deaths, indentures, accounts, and memoranda.

Reel 8Box 9Folder 1
Records of admissions and discharges, 9 November 1758-27 April 1774 1 bound volume; 11-57, 16 pp. with indexes to each part.

Contains age, by whom sent in, and date of death if appropriate.

Bound with list of children bound out of the almshouse, 21 April 1756-20 January 1790, of what town, names of to whom bound, and when freed. Incomplete; pp. 11-57, with index on end leaves.

Reel 8Box 9Folder 1
List of children bound out of the almshouse, 21 April 1756-20 January 1790, of what town, names of to whom bound, and when free. 1 bound volume; 11-57, 16 pp. with indexes to each part.

Contains age, by whom sent in, and date of death if appropriate.

Bound with Records of admissions and discharges, 9 November 1758 -27 April 1774, 16 pp. with index.

Reel 8Box 9Folder 2
Records of Admissions to Almshouse, 14 February 1763-10 May 1771 1 small disbound volume.

Some entries out of chronological order.

Contains name, date of admission, age, by whom sent in, and date of discharge or death. Also contains manuscript notes of financial matters and supplies for the Almshouse on end leaves (inventories of inmates' possesions).

Reel 8Box 9Folder 3
Register of Admissions to the Almshouse, 12 December 1768-30 September 1788. 1 disbound volume.

Contains name, age, by whom sent in, city or town charge, and date of discharge or death.

Reel 8Box 9Folder 4
Register of Admissions to the Almshouse, 1 October 1788-30 July 1795. 1 disbound volume of 197 pages with index.

Some entries out of chronological order.

Contains name, date of admission, age, by whom sent in, and date of discharge or death.

Bound with list of persons warned out of Boston, May 1770-31 July 1773. A true copy attested by Ezekial Goldthwait, Boston, Sept. 20, 1773. 39 pages.

Reel 8Box 9Folder 4
List of persons warned out of Boston, May 1770-31 July 1773. A true copy attested by Ezekial Goldthwait, Boston, Sept. 20, 1773, 39 pages. 1 disbound volume of 197 pages with index.

Some entries out of chronological order.

Contains name, date of admission, age, by whom sent in, and date of discharge or death.

Bound with Register of Admissions to the Almshouse, 1 October 1788-30 July 1795.

Reel 8Box 9Folder 5
Records of daily admittance and discharge of paupers, 1 April 1811-12 July 1812. 1 soft bound volume.

Contains name, date sent in, "where born or belong," by whom sent in, date bound out, discharged, or died.

See also oversize box.

Reel 8Box 9Folder 5
Records of daily admittance and discharge of paupers, 18 July1812-31 March 1814. 1 soft bound volume.

Contains name, date sent in, "where born or belong," by whom sent in, date bound out, discharged, or died.

See also oversize box.

Reel 9Box 10Folder 1
Record of daily admittance and discharge of paupers, 1 April 1814-4 October 1816 1 soft bound volume.

Contains name, date sent in, "where born or belong," by whom sent in, date bound out, discharged, or died.

Reel 9Box 10Folder 2
Record of daily admittance and discharge of paupers, 1 November 1818-30 June 1820. 1 soft bound volume.

Contains name, date sent in, "where born or belong," by whom sent in, date bound out, discharged, or died.

Reel 9Box 10Folder 3
Record of daily admittance and discharge of paupers, 1 July 1820-30 October 1822 1 soft bound volume.

Contains name, date sent in, "where born or belong," by whom sent in, date bound out, discharged, or died.

Reel 9Box 10Folder 4
Record of daily admittance and discharge of paupers, 1 November 1822-31 March 1825. 1 soft bound volume.

Contains name, date sent in, "where born or belong," by whom sent in, date bound out, discharged, or died.

Reel 9Box 10Folder 5
List of "Names of Persons in the Almshouse." 17 August-27 September 1846.1 disbound volume. Some pages numbered; some page numbers repeat; some loose manuscript fragments.

Chronological list: includes date of admission, age, status, and date of death or discharge (incomplete). Interleaved with list of deaths in the Almshouse, 2 April 1828-2 January 1842 (pp. 30-32).

Reel 10Box 11Folder 1
Alphabetical list of admissions, 1795-1817 1 large disbound volume.

Includes date of admission; charge on the state or [Boston]; "towns they belong to;"by what overseer entered; when discharged, died, bound out or run away; "time they have been here." End leaves contain list of persons for when notifications were sent to various Massachusetts towns to which they "belonged," together with a list of charges on those towns, 2 August 1797-24 December 1801 (3 leaves).

Reel 10Box 11Folder 2
Alphabetical list of admissions, 1824-1873 1 large disbound volume.

Includes date of admission; charge on the state or [Boston]; "towns they belong to;"by what overseer entered; when discharged, died, bound out or run away; "time they have been here." End leaves contain list of persons for when notifications were sent to various Massachusetts towns to which they "belonged," together with a list of charges on those towns, 2 August 1797-24 December 1801 (3 leaves).

Reel 10Box 11Folder 3
Alphabetical list of admissions (selected?) and discharges from the Almshouse, [1815-1840], 39 leaves (incomplete). 1 disbound volume of 72 numbered leaves in two parts.

Also contains information on transient paupers.

Bound with alphabetical list of state paupers, 1 January 1822-20 February 1841.

Reel 10Box 11Folder 3
Alphabetical list of state paupers, 1 January 1822-20 February 1841. 1 disbound volume of 72 numbered leaves in two parts.

Includes where born (leaves 61-73) and articles of clothing issued.

Bound with alphabetical list of admissions (selected?) and discharges from the Almshouse, [1815-1840], 39 leaves (incomplete).

Reel 10Box 11Folder 4
Statistical information on admissions and discharges from the Almshouse, June 1819-21 September 1821.1 small softbound volume.

Daily accounts of charges of the State and City of Boston (total number); number of children and total number in the Almshouse.

Reel 11Box 12Folder 1
Alphabetical lists of men and women inmates, bound dos-a-dos, [n.d.] 1 disbound volume in two parts.

Contains notation of charge on State or town.

Reel 11Box 12Folder 2
Alphabetical index of inmates, 27 November 1809. 1 small disbound volume.

Also contains list of boys in the Almshouse with dates of birth, status (on unnumbered interior leaves following preliminary alphabetical list), [1810]-1814.

Reel 11Box 12Folder 3
List of inmates by room, [1816] 1 disbound volume.

Separate list for Bridewell, Afro-American inmates, "school" rooms and hospital rooms.

Reel 11Box 12Folder 4
Register of deaths in the Almshouse, 5 January 1820-12 April 1825. 1 small disbound volume.

Includes age at death and "diseases of which they died."

Bound with a daily log of deaths, 2 April 1838-13 October 1846.

Reel 11Box 12Folder 4
Daily log of deaths, 2 April 1838-13 October 1846 1 small disbound volume.

Includes age, "where belong," and status of charge.

Bound with register of deaths in the Almshouse, 5 January 1820-12 April 1825.

Reel 11Box 12Folder 5
Record of indentures of inmates bound out, 1822-1837 1 disbound volume of bound-up retained copies of the indentures.

Lists master, address and terms of the indenture. Printed forms completed in manuscript. These contracts apparently were not completed for various reasons.

Reel 12Box 13Folder 1
"Rules and orders for the Management of the workhouse…," 28 May 1735. 1 disbound volume.

Bound with list of Overseers of the Poor, 1742-1764; copies of laws, rules and orders enacted for the employment of the poor, and accounts of the overseers of the workhouse, 1739-1771. Also contains copy of act of incorporation of the Trustees of John Boylston's charitable donations, February 1803.

Reel 12Box 13Folder 2
Record of cash paid to inmates of the workhouse, 29 May 1794-20 December 1794 1 large disbound volume (incomplete; pp. 5-92)

See also oversize box.

Reel 12Box 13Folder 3
Record of cash paid to inmates of the workhouse, 23 May 1796-5 November 17961 disbound volume (incomplete; pp. 2-64).
Reel 12Box 14Folder 1
Daily Account of Expenses, 2 January 1809-11 September 1811 (Incorrectly identified on microfilm as 1909-1911.) 1 disbound volume.

Includes staff payroll.

Reel 12Box 14Folder 2
Cashbook, 1 January 1811-8 February 1817 1 disbound volume.

Arranged by date.

Payments for services and accounts for supplies.

Reel 12Box 14Folder 3
Cashbook, 21 December 1821-29 November 1823 1 disbound volume.

Arranged by date.

Payments for services and accounts for supplies.

Reel 12Box 14Folder 4
Cashbook, 1 June 1796-5 February 1817 1 disbound volume.

Accounts with the City of Boston and the State. 55 numbered leaves with summary of account on unnumbered preliminary leaves.

Reel 12Volume 4 (XT)
Daily Memorandum Book, 1 January 1816-31 December 1834

Contains list of accounts examined; letters of application, etc. Applicants listed by date, with information on ward and amount applied for. Also contains notes and memoranda for various dates on end leaves.

Reel 12Volume 5 (XT)
Accounts with the State for the support of State Paupers in the Almshouse, 30 November 1808-1 June 1809; 30 November 1809-1 June 1810; 30 November 1812-1 December 1816; 1 December 1822-30 November 1824 14 facsimilies of disbound records.

Includes name, where born, when/where came from, period in Almshouse, rate charged, clothing furnished, and burial expenses.

Reel 13Box 15Folder 1
Boston Asylum Ledger, 1795-1806 1 small disbound volume of 127 numbered page openings.

Accounts with the State and various towns for the support of inmates. Also includes accounts for supplies and service.

Reel 13Box 15Folder 2
Boston Asylum Ledger, 1805-18121 small disbound volume with index of inmates on preliminary leaves.

Accounts with the State and various towns for the support of inmates. Also includes accounts for supplies and service.

Reel 13Box 15Folder 3
Boston Asylum Ledger, [1815-1823].1 disbound volume of 275 numbered leaves with fragment (Q-Z) of index on preliminary leaf.

Cash accounts with individuals and towns for the support of inmates.

III. Temporary home records, 1862-1925

This series consists of the records of the Temporary Home for Women & Children, including admissions, records of children and foundlings, and adoptions.

Reel 13Box 16Folder 1
Daily Admissions Records, 1 May-11 December 1862; 18 January-6 July 1863; 9 August 1863-4 March 1864 1 disbound volume of 3 pieces; pp. 168; 24-137; 172.

Contain biographical information; marriage and health status; and disposition of the case.

Reel 14Box 17Folder 1
Children and Foundlings Records, 1 May 1862-30 September 18681 disbound volume of 290 numbered, printed records completed in manuscript, with index of names on preliminary leaves.

Forms giving "biographical" and statistical information about foundlings and disposition of cases including the names and addresses of adoptive parents.

Reel 14Box 17Folder 2
Children and Foundlings Records, 9 October-18 December 1868 1 disbound volume of 11; about 250 blank forms.

Forms giving "biographical" and statistical information about foundlings and disposition of cases including the names and addresses of adoptive parents.

Reel 14Box 17Folder 3
Children and Foundlings Records, 23 December 1868-24 April 1878 1 large partially disbound volume of 301 forms.

Forms giving "biographical" and statistical information about foundlings and disposition of cases including the names and addresses of adoptive parents.

Reel 14Box 17Folder 4
Children and Foundlings Records, 21 May 1878-7 March 1883 1 partially disbound volume, forms 302-601. 596 in manuscript number.

Forms giving "biographical" and statistical information about foundlings and disposition of cases including the names and addresses of adoptive parents.

Reel 15Box 18Folder 1
Children and Foundlings Records (Continuation of 17.4), 7 March 1883-9 July 1886 1 partially disbound volume, 597-896.

Forms giving "biographical" and statistical information about foundlings and disposition of cases including the names and addresses of adoptive parents.

Reel 15Box 18Folder 2
Children and Foundlings Records, 24 November 1894-4 September 1925 1 disbound volume, 1217-?.

Forms giving "biographical" and statistical information about foundlings and disposition of cases including the names and addresses of adoptive parents.

Reel 15Box 18Folder 3
Register of Adoptions, 9 January 1868-16 August 1886 1 partially disbound volume of 29 pages.

Name of adoptive parents, references, status of child. Printed forms completed in manuscript.

Reel 15Box 18Folder 4
Register of Adoptions, 9 January 1868-16 August 1886, Duplicate of 18.3. 1 disbound volume of 24 pages.

Name of adoptive parents, references, status of child. Printed forms completed in manuscript.

IV. Miscellaneous and unidentified material, 1733-1901

This series consists of miscellaneous material including City of Boston accounts of payments to various charities, partial lists of Boston residents, and legal material

Reel 15Box 19Folder 1
City of Boston Accounts for payments to various relief and educational funds, 16 March 1803-April 1854 1 disbound volume of 83 pages.
Reel 15Box 19Folder 2
Alphabetical list of [Boston?] residents, [1850-1880], A-K only 1 partially disbound volume of 199 pages.

Each entry consists of a name, address, occupation, and date. Most individuals are tradesmen; most dates given fall late in the year (incomplete).

Reel 15Box 19Folder 3
Alphabetical list of names with ward, n.d. 1 disbound volume, pp. 26-144.

Includes various cryptic marginal notations (incomplete).

Reel 15Box 19Folder 4
Miscellaneous legal documents, 1733-1815

Includes printed forms completed in manuscript. 9 items. Subjects: Adams, Henry (1752 Jan.); Thacher, Peter (1805 Aug. 9); Ruggles, Samuel vs. Baldwin, Aaron (1815)

Reel 15Box 19Folder 5
Miscellaneous fragments from throughout the collection and 1 printed broadside (market report), 1901-1861 6 pieces.

Index

Subject Reel Box Folder / Volume
Accounts: see under specific institution.
Adams, Henry Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 4
Admissions: see under specific institution.
Adoptions from Temporary Home Reel 14 Box 17 Folder 1-4
Reel 15 Box 18 Folders 1-4
Afro-Americans in Almshouse Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 3
Almshouse Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Reel 2 Box 2 Folder 1
Almshouse accounts Reel 2 Box 2 Folder 1-4
Reel 3 Box 3 Folder 1-4
Reel 4 Box 4
Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 2-3
Reel 10 Box 11 Folder 1,2,4
Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 1
Reel 12 Box 13 Folder 1
Reel 12 Box 14 Folder 1-4, Volumes 4-5 (XT)
Reel 13 Box 15 Folder 1-3
Almshouse, admissions and discharges in Reel 8 Box 9 Folder 1-6
Reel 9 Box 10 Folder 1-5
Reel 10 Box 11 Folder 1-4
Reel 11 Box 11 Folder 1-4
Almshouse, children in Reel 8 Box 9 Folder 1
Reel 9 Box 11 Folder 4
Almshouse, deaths in Reel 8 Box 9 Folder 1-6
Reel 9 Box 10 Folder 1-5
Reel 10 Box 11 Folder 1-4
Reel 10 Box 12 Folder 4
Almshouse, list of inmates Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Reel 10 Box 11 Folder 4
Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 1-3
Almshouse, payroll of staff Reel 12 Box 14 Folder 1
Almshouse, supplies for Reel 4 Box 5 Folder 1-4
Reel 8 Box 9 Folder 2
Reel 12 Box 14 Folder 2-3
Almshouse, support of non-residents in Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 2-3
see also Indentures
Almshouses in other towns Reel 4 Box 4
Appointments of overseers Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Appropriations for the overseers Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1
Asylum: see Boston Asylum
Baldwin, Aaron Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 4
Boston Almshouse: see Boston Asylum
Boston Asylum, accounts Reel 13 Box 15 Folder 1-3
Boston Asylum, supplies for Reel 13 Box 15 Folder 1-2
Boston City Treasury, appropriations to overseers Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1
Boston City Treasury, disbursements Reel 6 Volume 3 (XT)
Boston City Treasury, drafts on Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1,Volume 3 (XT)
Boston residents, partial list of Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 2-3
Boylston, John Reel 12 Box 13 Folder 1
Bridewell Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 3
Bridewell, list of persons in Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 5
Broadside, market report Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 5
Casebook of persons receiving outdoor relief Reel 7 Box 8 Folder 5
Cash accounts of overseers Reel 4 Box 5 Folder 1-4
Cashbooks of almshouse Reel 12 Box 14 Folder 2-4
Charitable disbursements of overseers Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 2
Reel 4 Box 5 Folder 1-4
Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 1-3
Reel 7 Box 8 Folder 1-5
City of Boston, accounts Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1,Volume 3 (XT)
Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 1
City of Boston, charitable disbursements Reel 6 Volume 3 (XT)
Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 1
City Temporary Home, admissions to Reel 13 Box 16 Folder 1
City Temporary Home, children and foundling records Reel 14 Box 17 Folder 1-4
Reel 15 Box 18 Folder 1-2
City Temporary Home, register of adoptions Reel 15 Box 18 Folder 3-4
Claims, disposition of Reel 2 Box 2 Folder 2-4
Reel 3 Box 3 Folder 1-2
Reel 4 Box 4
Correspondence, of overseeers Reel 3 Box 3 Folder 1-4
Reel 4 Box 4
Reel 6 Box 4
Deaths, diseases causing Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 4
Deaths in almsouse: see Almshouse
Disbursements, charitable Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 2
Reel 4 Box 5 Folder 1-4
Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 1-3
Disbursements, from the City of Boston Reel 6 Volume 3 (XT)
Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 1
Discharges from almshouse: see Almshouse
Diseases causing death Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 4
Educational funds, payments to Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 1
Employee salaries Reel 4 Box 5 Folder 1-4
Foundlings: see City Temporary Home
Gaol, list of state paupers in Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1
Indentures Reel 8 Box 9 Folder 1,5,6
Reel 9 Box 10 Folder 1-4
Reel 10 Box 11 Folder 1-2
Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 5
Indentures, contracts of Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 5
Jail: seeGaol
Ledgers, of Boston Asylum Reel 13 Box 15 Folder 1-3
Legal documents, miscellaneous Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 4
Letterbooks of overseers Reel 2 Box 2 Folder 1-4
Reel 3 Box 3 Folder 1-2
Lockroom Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Maniac House Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Market report (broadside) Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 5
Memoranda to overseers Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Memorandum book of almshouse Reel 12 Volume 4 (XT)
Money granted at monthly meetings Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 2
Negro inmates in almshouse Reel 11 Box 12 Folder 3
Newspaper clippings Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 1
Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1
Non-residents, support of Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 2-3
Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 2
Non-residents, in almshouse Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 2-3
Overseers, list of Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 1-2
Overseers, accounts Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 2
Reel 4 Box 5 Folder 1-4
Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 1-3
Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 2, Volume 3 (XT)
Reel 7 Box 8 Folder 1,2,4
Overseers, appointments of Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Overseers, memoranda to Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 3
Overseers, wards Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 1
see also Charitable disbursements, Correspondence, Letterbooks
Outdoor relief Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 2
Reel 7 Box 8 Folder 4-5
Paupers, state, list of - in gaol Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1
Paupers, support of - in almshouse Reel 12 Volume 5 (XT)
Paupers, transient Reel 9 Box 11 Folder 3
Pensioners Reel 5 Box 6 Folder 1
Ruggles, Samuel Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 4
Rules of the workhouse Reel 12 Box 13 Folder 1
Salaries of employees Reel 4 Box 5 Folder 1-4
State paupers, list of - in gaol Reel 6 Box 7 Folder 1
State paupers, support of - in almshouse Reel 12 Box 14 Folder 6
Temporary Home: see City Temporary Home
Thacher, Peter Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 4
Tradesmen, list of - in Boston Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 4
Transient paupers Reel 10 Box 11 Folder 3
Trustees of charitable donations, act of incorporation Reel 12 Box 13 Folder 1
Wards, list of names Reel 15 Box 19 Folder 3
Wards, list of overseers Reel 1 Box 1 Folder 1
Warning out books Reel 1 Volumes 1-2 (XT)
Warning out books, list Reel 8 Box 9 Folder 4
Workhouse, accounts Reel 12 Box 13 Folder 1
Workhouse, cash paid to inmates Reel 12 Box 13 Folder 2-3
Workhouse, rules of Reel 12 Box 13 Folder 1

Materials Removed from the Collection

The following Charlestown and Roxbury records were removed from this collection in August 1981 and separately stored and cataloged in the Massachusetts Historical Society:

Charlestown (Boston, Mass.) tax lists, 1780-1789.

Charlestown Overseers of the Poor records, 1847-1873.

Roxbury tax lists, 1795-1803.

Roxbury almshouse records, 1845-1912; bulk: 1845-1865

Preferred Citation

Boston Overseers of the Poor records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Subjects:

Almshouses -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Orphans -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Poor -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Public welfare -- Massachusetts -- Boston.