Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Program on Immigrant Youths Adopting the Norms of Peer Violence

Joanna Almeida, Associate Research Scientist at Northeastern University's Institute of Urban Health Research, will speak about foreign born youths adopting this country's social norms that perpetrate violence.

Her study found that among a sample of Boston public high school students, recent immigrants had a significantly lower risk of perpetrating peer violence such as hitting, punching and kicking compared to immigrants in the U.S. here for more than 4 years and to youths born in the U.S. This pattern of violence among immigrant youth did not differ by race or ethnicity. The study's findings point to the idea that the social environment in this country contributes to foreign-born youth rapidly adopting the social norms that encourage violence.

This program will be held Tuesday, April 5 from noon until 1:00pm in room 442 of the State Library in the State House. Please join us to learn more about this important topic. To register, call 617.727.2590 or email us at

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the State Library.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


The United States Census Bureau has released Massachusetts' 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race & Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting. The information is available on the website of the Secretary of State at

As a result of the population figures, Massachusetts will lose one seat in the United States House of Representatives. We will go from 10 to 9 U.S. Representatives. Each of the 9 districts should have approximately 727,514 inhabitants. The Massachusetts Legislature (General Court) has formed a Special Joint Redistricting Committee chaired by Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg and Representative Michael J. Moran.

The committee has scheduled hearings in Springfield, Brockton and Worcester among others (

The State Library has a display of redistricting maps from previous years outside of room 341.

The Library also has the results of previous U.S. Censuses dating back to the first Census in 1790. These volumes are at the Reference Desk in room 341.

Massachusetts took its own census in the years ending in 5.

The Census is an important series of documents that are used by the Federal Government in determining monies given to the states for various programs.

The Government Documents Staff

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Celebrate Women's History Month with New Images in Flickr

March is Women's History Month and the State Library is happy to present a new set of images on our Flickr site that celebrates five women politicians from Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Cambridge Women In Politics set digitally recreates an exhibit installed at Cambridge City Hall in the Fall of 2009. The exhibit profiles three former mayors, E. Denise Simmons, Barbara Ackermann and Sheila Russell, and two current Massachusetts legislators, Martha Walz and Alice Wolf. The original exhibit was presented in collaboration with the Office of Mayor E. Denise Simmons and the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.

- The Marketing Committee

Image courtesy of E. Denise Simmons.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Children and Famillies

The Department of Children and Families, formerly the Department of Social Services, issues a quarterly report on their activities.

Included in the report are placement statistics by race, age, Hispanic origin; foster home profiles; those entering placement and those leaving; those with a goal to adoption; and foster homes by type, race, marital status and Hispanic origin.

The report also delineates cases and information by the state and specific regions and includes charts.

The report is available in the Library (room 341) in paper under the call number MR 363M3 D76. It is also on line at:

The Government Documents Department

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Library Open on Evacuation Day

The Library will be open its usual hours on Evacuation Day. The hours of the main reading room in room 341 and the periodicals balcony in room 442 are 9:00 - 5:00. Materials in Special Collections can be accessed 9:00-1:00 and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 617.727.2595.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sculpted to Inspire: Caleb Tillinghast


What city editor of the Boston Journal became the first State Librarian?

Caleb B. Tillinghast was the Acting State Librarian starting in 1879.
In 1893 the Office of the State Librarian was created.
Mr. Tillinghast was appointed.

Please visit the Library in room 341 between
March 7, 2011-April 15, 2011
to see the State Library’s first State Librarian.

The “Sculpted to Inspire” series is sponsored by the Friends of the State Library.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Decorated Bindings Images Added to Flickr

Recently I was walking through the stacks and came across a selection of books that have interesting cover images. The books turned out to be the Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture. A description of the title from the USDA's website:

"The main purpose of the Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture was to summarize USDA’s research developments. However, the Yearbook, which was published (with a couple of exceptions) annually from 1894 to 1992, has a broad appeal outside of the scientific community. In fact, Congress passed a law to provide for its publication as part of an effort to make agricultural information more readily available to farmers and other interested citizens."

The USDA has digitized the full run of the yearbook; however, it does not appear that they digitized the covers of the volumes. A selection of cover images can be found on the State Library's Flickr page. I highly recommend checking out the the digitized volumes on the USDA's site, as the title and introductory pages of the volumes also include wonderful mid-century graphics. Print copies of these yearbooks are accessible to the public in the State Library, room 341.

- Lacy Crews Stoneburner, Preservation Librarian

Monday, March 7, 2011

Brown Bag on the Federal Digital System

Join us for a BROWN BAG LUNCH on
Thursday, March 10th , 2011
State Library of Massachusetts
Room 442 State House
12 noon until 1:30 PM

Bring your lunch and hear Bette L. Siegel, Government Documents Librarian in the library, explain and demonstrate this service, referred to as the provider of “America’s Authentic Government Information.”

To register for the Brown Bag, please go to:
You may also do so by calling Reference directly at 617-727-2590 or by e-mailing us at

Sponsored by the Friends of the State Library

Future Brown Bags will include:

April 28th, Lacy Crews Stoneburner, “Preservation of Family Materials”
May 19th, Neil Savage, “The History of the General Court”
June 14th, Michael Widmer, The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
July 14th, Sean Murphy, reporter, The Boston Globe
August 11th, Dr. John Warner, The Massachusetts State Archives

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"Massachusetts Localities- A Finding Aid" : TREASURE OF THE STATE LIBRARY FOR MARCH 2011

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is comprised of 351 cities and towns. These well-known areas are studied routinely here in the State Library. Whether one is researching the history of a town, the current demographics or trying to determine the dates of incorporation, for example, we can help researchers with such requests.

Less frequently, our users in person, via telephone or email are instead attempting to locate a railroad station, a village or a "lesser locality." Where is "Straw Hollow," for example or "Morningdale" or "Waverley?" Is it true there is an "Egypt" in the state? Are there really two "Bliss Corner" locations?

The little "treasure" noted above and published by the Department of Public Works in 1966, is kept in the reference area. The preface to the booklet states that although many of these localities are well-known entities in the municipalities where they "reside," their locations must often be researched by interested parties not familiar with the areas.

To see Massachusetts Localities: A Finding List of Massachusetts Cities and Towns; and of Villages, certain Lesser Localities, Railroad Stations, and Post Offices whose location is not localized within the appropriate cities and towns by their names; and other generally related material, please visit State Library Reference. You may, of course, also call us at 617-727-2590 or send an e-mail to to find the answer to your inquiry.

Pamela W. Schofield
Reference Department
State Library of Massachusetts