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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 17 Collections and/or Records:

City Treasurer correspondence

Identifier: 2400.007
Scope and Contents

Two volumes of City Treasurer correspondence and 1 record carton of correspondence files.

Dates: 1822-1881, 1908-1909

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.

Dates: 1926-1958

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.

Dates: 1829-1832, 1839-1841

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.

Dates: circa 1822-1980

Fund for Jacksonville Sufferers correspondence and receipt book

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2400.017
Scope and Contents

Includes one volume of correspondence received by the City Treasurer Alfred Turner from donors to the Fund for Jacksonville Sufferers. Also includes a receipt book for donations to Jacksonville Sufferers, Decatur Sufferers and Marblehead Sufferers. The fund was set up at the request of the Mayor in September of 1888 to aid the sufferers of yellow fever in Jacksonville, Florida and other southern towns. The fund raised over $16000 which was donated to Jacksonville and other towns.

Dates: 1888-1889

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.

Dates: 1820 September-1870 April

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...
Dates: 1871-1890

Receipts for City drafts

Identifier: 2400.003
Scope and Contents

Record of receipt of payment of city draft. Includes amount and signature.

Dates: 1834-1871

Record of emigrants landing

Identifier: 2400.005
Scope and Contents

Includes lists of vessels arriving and names of passengers.

Dates: 1837-1847

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.

Dates: 1809-1819

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.

Dates: 1822-1838

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.

Dates: 1886-1985 with gaps

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.

Dates: 1887-1927 with gaps

Record of unpaid drafts

 Series — Volumes 1-2
Identifier: 2400.004
Scope and Contents

Lists of unpaid drafts with disposition of item.

Dates: 1831-1852

Temporary loan records

Identifier: 2400.016
Dates: 1918-1954

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.

Dates: 1954-1976 with gaps

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.

Dates: circa 1883-1885, 1903-1980