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Public Health Commission annual reports and publications

Identifier: 7000.002

Scope and Contents

Includes copies of annual reports of predecessor boards/departments including Trustees of Boston City Hospital, Board of Health and Department of Health and Hospitals; Digest of Health Laws and Rules and Regulations, 1904 and 1923; History of Boston City Hospital, 1906; Proceedings of the Dedication of City Hospital, 1865; and publications on Health Units, statistics and other topics. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.


  • Creation: 1864-1971


Historical note

The Boston Public Health Commission, whose mission is to protect, preserve and promote the health and well-being of all Boston's residents, particularly the underserved, began in 1799 when an ordinance was passed to create a Board of Health for the Town of Boston. The Public Health Commission was formed in 1996 as a result of the merger between the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Boston University Medical Center. Both the Department of Health and Department of Hospitals were city departments and functioned as separate entities from the time of their creation until 1965, when they merged in order to provide a more efficient health care system. The Department of Hospitals included Boston City Hospital, the Boston Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospital (Mattapan Chronic Disease Hospitals), and the Long Island Hospital. From 1970 through the early 1990s, great effort was made to reorganize and modernize Boston City Hospital's physical plant, including building a new Boston City Hospital. In 1996, however, the Mayor's Special Commission on Health Care was formed to study the challenges of health care provision and administration in the 21st century and it recommended that the Department of Health and Hospitals merge with Boston University Medical Center.


106 Volumes

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Repository Details

Part of the City of Boston Archives Repository

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