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In connection with a robbery and murders committed Apr. 1920 in South Braintree, Massachusetts, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were indicted Sept. 1920 and prosecuted and convicted in 1921 in Norfolk Superior Court. After reviews of the trial and conviction by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and by an advisory committee appointed by Gov. Alvan T. Fuller and denial of petitions by defense counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court, the sentence of execution originally imposed on Sacco and Vanzetti was carried out on Aug. 23, 1927.

From the description of Sacco and Vanzetti case file, 1919-1976 (bulk 1920-1927). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79322169

The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth, advising and representing it in all matters in which it is a party or has an interest, and representing the public in affirmative litigation to protect public interests. The post was designated as a gubernatorial appointment per Const Pt 2, C 2, S 1, Art 9; then as an elective office per Const Amend Art 17 (ratified 1855). St 1919, c 350, s 33 provided for a Dept. of the Attorney General (MGLA c 12). In its annual reports the unit has been called variously: Attorney General's Dept., Attorney General's Office, and Office of the Attorney General. Its functions are currently described in MGLA c 12.

NAME AUTHORITY NOTE. Series relating to the agency described above can be found by searching the following access point for the time period stated: 1780-present--Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office.

From the description of Agency history record. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145429640

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Chief clerk's files (Executive Bureau--budget scheduled item), <1986>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Edward William Brooke Papers, 1956-1988, (bulk 1963-1978) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Agency history record. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Conference files (Executive Bureau--constituent office scheduled item), 1988-1989. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Opinions, 1863-1987. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Paine, Robert Treat, 1731-1814. Robert Treat Paine papers, 1659-1862. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Issue files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), 1987-1990. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Massachusetts. Metropolitan District Commission. Outgoing correspondence from the Law Department the attorney general, 1901-1920. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Curtis, James Freeman, 1878-1952. Reminiscences of James Freeman Curtis : oral history, 1951. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-1999. Papers of Elliot L. Richardson, 1780-1991 (bulk 1947-1991). Library of Congress
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Inaugural files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), 1999-2003. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Elliot L. Richardson Papers, 1780-1999, (bulk 1947-1999) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Computer services files (Executive Bureau--budget scheduled item), <1986>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Massachusetts. Insurance Commissioner. Attorney general opinions, 1868-1890. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Brooke, Edward William, 1919-. Edward William Brooke papers, 1956-1988 (bulk 1963-1978). Library of Congress
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Speeches and testimony files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), 1987-2005. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Office renovation files (Executive Bureau--budget scheduled item), <1986-1987>. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879. Caleb Cushing papers, circa 1785-1906 (bulk 1820-1878). Library of Congress
referencedIn Caleb Cushing Papers, circa 1785-1906, (bulk 1820-1878) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Colonel Green case file, 1938-1839. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission. Outgoing correspondence from the secretary of legal issues, 1894-1931. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Constituent issues reference files (Executive Bureau--constituent office scheduled item), <1988>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Issue files (Executive Bureau--press scheduled item), <1989>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Interoffice administration files (Executive Bureau--first assistant attorney general scheduled item), 1980-1989 (bulk 1986-1989). Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Interoffice administration files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), 1987-1990. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Press release files (Executive Bureau--press scheduled item), 1997-2006. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Transition files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), 1985-1987 (bulk 1987). Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Letters of recommendation and resignation files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), <1987>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Austin, James Trecothick, 1784-1870. James Trecothick Austin papers, 1760-1954; bulk: 1808-1883. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Massachusetts. Board of Registration in Medicine. Hearing files to investigate eclectic medical schools, 1916-1926. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Dever, Paul Andrew, 1903-1958. [Papers] / Paul A. Dever. State Library of Massachusetts
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Annual reports, 1861-1920. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. National Association of Attorneys General files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), <1987>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Rochester, N.Y., land claim hearing files, 1787-1926. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Opinions and declinations files (Executive Bureau--first assistant attorney general scheduled item), 1947-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Policy files (Executive Bureau--budget scheduled item), <1986>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Files relating to the taking of land for enlargement of the State House, 1915-1926 (bulk 1915-1918). Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Constituent group correspondence files (Executive Bureau--constituent office scheduled item), <1988>-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Initiative petition files (Executive Bureau--first assistant attorney general scheduled item), 1919-1953. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Administration subject files (Executive Bureau--first assistant attorney general scheduled item), 1982-1989. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Transcripts and exhibits of the Skeels murder trial, 1901-1924 (bulk 1918-1919). Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Significant litigation case files (Executive Bureau--first assistant attorney general scheduled item), 1986-[ongoing]. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Outgoing correspondence files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), 1999-2006. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Demand reduction program files (Executive Bureau--constituent office scheduled item), 1987-1990 (bulk 1990). Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Sacco and Vanzetti case file, 1919-1976 (bulk 1920-1927). Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Papers pertaining to the estate of Annie Adams Fields, 1846-1935. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Transcript of the Garrett investigation, 1930. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
creatorOf Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Legislative review files (Executive Bureau scheduled item), 1999-2006. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
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associatedWith Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927. person
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