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Files also contain other applications for state service, resumes, copies of referrals to state agencies, letters of appointment and resignation, and copies of qualification certificates.
Early files, maintained by the state secretary as secretary for the governor, include the gubernatorial terms of Caleb Strong (1800-1807) through John Clifford (1853-1854). Series also currently includes files from terms of Endicott Peabody (1963-1965), John Volpe (1965-1969), Francis Sargent (1969-1975), Michael Dukakis (1975-1979), Edward King (1979-1983), Michael Dukakis (1983-1991), William Weld (1991-1997), Argeo Paul Cellucci (1997-2001), Jane Swift (2001-2003), and Mitt Romney (2003-2007). Volpe and Sargent files are interfiled. Volpe files include some judicial appointments. For others see: Massachusetts. Judicial nominating Council. Judicial appointment application files ((M-Ar)587). Romney files may contain materials found for earlier periods in series of: Massachusetts. Commissions Section. For appointment recommendations, 1853-1893, see: Massachusetts. Governor. Executive department letters ((M-Ar)567X).
For a listing of related commissions series see: Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Records of commissions, proclamations, pardons, and other official documents, 1713-1945 (bulk 1747-1936) ((M-Ar)161X).