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New York State Education Department Bureau of School District Organization Reference File of School District Boundary Maps

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
Included are: Photostats of maps bound as a school district atlas, compiled by the Joint Legislative Committee on the State Education System in 1943 with some post-1943 consolidations or centralizations; political boundary maps showing municipal boundaries with a translucent overlay showing school district boundaries; and a miscellaneous maps of school districts.
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Quantity:
6.5 cubic feet (6 volumes, circa 450 maps)
Inclusive Dates:
1936-1969
Series Number:
14219

Arrangement

Organized into two subseries: I. Photostats of Maps Compiled by the Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) on the State Education System, 1943-1969; II. Political Boundary Maps Prepared by the Department of Audit and Control, 1957.

Alphabetical by county within each subseries.

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of two subseries of bound and unbound copies of maps showing school district boundaries: I. Photostats of Maps Compiled by the Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) on the State Education System, 1943-1969; and II. Political Boundary Maps Prepared by the Department of Audit and Control, 1957.

Subseries I: Photostats of Maps Compiled by the Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) on the State Education System, 1943-1969: These county maps show school district boundaries on U.S. Geological Survey topographical maps as of July 1, 1943. Symbols on the maps indicate the type of school district (Common, Union Free, Central); whether it contains high, elementary, or special schools, and if it is consolidated, partially consolidated, operating, closed, or contracting with another district. The unbound set of these maps contains multiple copies for most counties, some of which were annotated to show post-1943 consolidation or centralizations. There are two bound sets of these maps, one annotated irregularly through 1969 to show consolidations and centralizations, and one not annotated. Maps vary in size, but most are 27" x 34." In addition, there is a file of 11.5" x 16" negative and positive photostats of these maps.

Subseries II: Political Boundary Maps Prepared by the Department of Audit and Control, 1957: There are two maps of each county, one showing municipal boundaries, the other showing school district boundaries (15" x 20"). The sheets showing school district boundaries are printed on translucent paper and the maps are arranged so that these sheets overlay opaque sheets showing the municipal boundaries. This allows comparison of school district and municipal boundaries in each county. These maps have been sporadically annotated to show changes in school district boundaries, including consolidations and centralizations. Interfiled with the unbound maps of the other subseries are unbound Mylar tracings (20" x 30" and 30" x 40") of the Audit and Control maps.

The Mylar tracings may be the originals from which the smaller printed copies were made, although it is unclear how they came to the Bureau of School District Organization. In addition, this series contains a small number of other maps showing school district boundaries and three maps showing the boundaries of existing or proposed district superintendencies, which are interfiled with the other unbound maps.

14219-15: The volumes of this accretion supplement the two sub-series of this series as follows:

Sub-series (1): Office reference copy of School District Atlas of the State of New York published in 1937 for the Regents’ Inquiry into the Character and Cost of Public Education in the State of New York. The maps depict school districts not by county but by supervisory district, usually two or more supervisory districts in each county outside of New York City. Some of the maps contain substantive information (annotations or shading) that updates or interprets the maps.

Sub-series (2): A bound reference copies of Atlas of School Districts and Units of Local Government, published by the Department of Audit and Control in 1957.

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Series A3043 Original Maps for School District Atlas, contains the original maps from which the photostats in Subseries I of this series were produced.

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