Massachusetts Archives


Immigration bills [Massachusetts State Board of Lunacy and Charity]

Part of: Massachusetts State Board of Lunacy and Charity

Immigration bills, 1891-1894.

1 volume (partial record center carton)
Call no.: HS20/1640X

Scope and Content: The Massachusetts State Board of Lunacy and Charity (1886-1898) had responsibility to monitor immigration, including examining passengers, procuring passenger lists, collecting bonds or head money, returning passengers, and, through its Dept. of Outdoor Poor, caring for alien passengers requiring medical assistance who were not committed to state institutions. Transfer of immigration authority from the states to the federal government occurred with the federal Acts of 1891, c 551. A Feb. 1892 contract with the State Board of Lunacy and Charity allowed federal reimbursement for state care of immigrants for their first year of residence and for state deportation of such immigrants, and remained in effect until a new contract was established in Mar. 1894.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically
Notes: Formerly called: Voucher register
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