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The Resource Department of Public Welfare records

Department of Public Welfare records

Label
Department of Public Welfare records, 1947
Title
Department of Public Welfare records
Inclusive dates
1947
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Reports which appear to be copies of Advice of Audit to the Board of Public Welfare. They cover two types of beneficiaries: aid to dependent children (Lawrence) and old age assistance (Lawrence). The first is dated Feb. 19, 1947 and the last is date Aug. 31, 1948. Dates of claims as early as Nov. 1946 appear. Occassionally names of recipients are listed. The second set runs from Jan. 14, 1947 to July 8, 1948. The earliest date of claim is Oct. 1946. Grants are divided into state, federal, and local shares of funding. Names of grantees are listed
Biographical or historical data
In 1919 the state abolished the Massachusetts State Board of Charity and the Homestead Commission, establishing the Dept. of Public Welfare as their successor. Initially the department was organized into the Division of Aid and Relief (succeeding the Division of State Adult Poor) which oversaw the unsettled poor, and relief provided by municipal public welfare authorities; the Division of Child Guardianship (succeeding the Division of State Minor Wards) responsible for the care, custody, and maintenance of state minor wards who were largely placed in foster family homes, with state agents providing investigation and visitation to ensure care of the children; and the Division of Juvenile Training which was replaced outside the department by the Youth Service Board. Two other divisions not named in the statute were: Private Charities, and Housing and Town Planning (which was empowered to purchase land, build houses, and sell to citizens at not less than cost, and to advise local planning boards). At the time of its inception the department had jurisdiction over the following state institutions: State Infirmary (Tewksbury), Almshouse Dept. at the State Farm (Bridgewater), Massachusetts Hospital School for Crippled Children (Canton); and the three industrial training schools for juvenile delinquents: Lyman School (Westborough), Industrial School for Boys (Shirley), and Industrial School for Girls (Lancaster). It also replaced the Division of Aid and Relief with the Division of Public Assistance.
Cataloging source
MLaw
Index
no index present
Language note
Materials in English
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Aid to families with dependent children programs
  • Beneficiaries
  • Old age assistance
  • Massachusetts
  • Aid to families with dependent children programs
  • Beneficiaries
  • Old age assistance
  • Politics and government
  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts
Label
Department of Public Welfare records
Instantiates
Note
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, Mass
Control code
on1039724157
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid in the repository.
Extent
1.2 linear ft.
Governing access note
Collection is open for research
Lccn
2018555559
System control number
(OCoLC)1039724157
Label
Department of Public Welfare records
Note
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, Mass
Control code
on1039724157
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid in the repository.
Extent
1.2 linear ft.
Governing access note
Collection is open for research
Lccn
2018555559
System control number
(OCoLC)1039724157

Library Locations

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      51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA, 01841, US
      42.7107245 -71.162215
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