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Tax Commissioner (PD 35) of 1877-1878
One way to locate the special statutes of corporations that organized through the legislature is by performing a keyword or citation search in our Acts and Resolves database. If you find you’re not having much luck with this approach, it’s important to know that early state taxation documents are particularly helpful. These documents were published by the Tax Commissioner for, among other reasons, the benefit of tax assessors in the various cities and towns around the Commonwealth.
The following series provide lists of taxable corporations in MA that existed at the time each document was published. The amount of historical information included in the lists is dependent on the publishing date--later reports provide lists that are much more simplified. An entry may contain the date a corporation was organized, chartered, or certified, and a statute citation (often when the corporation listed is a new entity); if there is no statute citation, the date provided (especially prior to 1851) will be helpful in tracking the statute down. Some entries also note when a corporation was reorganized and/or renamed, also with statute citations when applicable.
- Public Document #35: Report of the Tax Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1877-1919): Call #: 336.2M3 T23r
- Tax Commissioner’s Documents (1866-1882): Call # 336.2M3 T23d
- Corporations Taxable (1911, 1913-1919): Call # 336.2M3 T23c
Each of these titles is available for use in the library, which is located in room 341 of the State House. For more information, please contact our reference desk at 617-727-2590 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.