Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Federal and state tax forms are available on tables in front of Room 341 (the State Library) of the State House. There is a reproducible book of federal tax forms in the Library.
The federal forms can also be found at http://www.irs.gov and the state forms at http://www.mass.gov/dor
Friday, February 19, 2010
to a group of local students from the Education Develop- ment Group, an institution that prepares recent immigrants for success in education and employment by providing language skills and cultural awareness. After a tour of the State House, the students, which included several Haitians, came by the library to see two particularly interesting artifacts in our collection regarding Haiti.
The first item presented was the book, An historical survey of the French colony in the island of St. Domingo : comprehending a short account of its ancient government, political state, population, productions, and exports... published in 1797. This book contains a beautiful map of the island of St. Domingo prior to the revolution in 1804 that established Haiti as an independent country. While the library has several publications regarding Haiti after the revolution, this is the one in our collection that discusses the French colony prior to revolution. The map can be seen in the image above.
The second item presented was the medal awarded in 1871 by the Haitian government to U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massa- chusetts. Sumner worked tirelessly to gain official recognition of Haiti as a nation by the United States. Though Haiti declared nationhood after the revolution in 1804, the United States did not recognize Haiti until 1862. A letter by Sumner regarding the presentation of the medal can be found in Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, digitized by Google here. The medal is shown in the image above to the right of the map. Detailed images of the medal can be found on the State Library's Facebook page.
It is always a pleasure to display the library's treasured collections, and we were happy to host such an engaged group of students.
- Lacy Crews Stoneburner, Preservation Librarian
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
An ongoing initiative at the State Library is the digitization of historic
The in-house scanning projects include the Legislative Biographical File, which contains information about members of the Massachusetts General Court and its predecessors,
Larger scanning projects, such as the journals of the House and the Senate, are sent to the scanning center at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in
Digitized items are preserved both in the Internet Archive and the State Library’s online institutional repository, known as DSpace. The Internet Archive also includes other Massachusetts-related documents, such as town and regional histories, which have been scanned by other institutions.- State Library Staff
Friday, February 12, 2010
To log in to the library’s wireless network, turn on the wireless access on your laptop and search for available wireless networks. Select LibraryHotSpot and open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. After successfully connecting to the network, close your browser and open it again in a new window. You are now ready to surf the Internet!
To use the network, all patrons must agree to the State Library’s Wireless Access Policy.
- State Library Staff
Monday, February 8, 2010
Naomi Allen, Reference and Assistant Government Documents Librarian
Friday, February 5, 2010
Typically, the documents in DSpace are no more than 10 years old and are downloaded from state agencies’ websites for permanent preservation in the library’s institutional repository. Some examples include the Office of Campaign and Political Finance Reports, MBTA bond issues, and Division of Insurance Annual Reports.
Some older state documents are also available in DSpace. For example, the Acts and Resolves are available online from 1692 to the present, many volumes of which are located in DSpace. Other older materials include the Manual for the General Court (1858-2005), the Massachusetts Election Statistics (1890-2004), and the Annual Reports of the Attorney General (1832-present).
Please visit our online institutional repository and explore the many state documents there that are freely available to the public.
- State Library Staff