New York State Office of General Services Division of Land Utilization Maps of Grants of Lands Under Water

Held by the New York State Archives

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New York State Archives

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Albany, NY 12230

The series consists of maps depicting grants of land under water made by the state from 1777 through the 1900s. Each map depicts the names of individuals to whom grants were made.
36 cubic feet (12 volumes and 7 rolls)
Inclusive Dates:
[circa 1777-1970]
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Arranged by county. Volumes 2A, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, and 11 are boxed together in rolled format. Volumes 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 12-18 remain in bound format and are unboxed.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of original duplicate maps depicting grants of land under water made by the state from 1777 through the 1900s. Originally dating from approximately 1900 through 1907, the maps were updated by staff of the Office of General Services, Division of Land Utilization as late as 1987 to show some, but not all, of the more recent grants and easements issued. That office now maintains a second duplicate original set containing the most annotations.

The maps were produced incrementally by the State Engineer and Surveyor's Office through several separate appropriations made by the legislature to the Board of Commissioners of the Land Office. Since they document real property transactions to which the state is a party, the legislature specifically required that two sets of maps be prepared and that one set be retained by the Office of the State Engineer and Surveyor.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Each volume contains a title sheet, an index to maps in the volume, and a name index to maps according to grantee.

Custodial History

The Office of General Services (OGS) acquired two sets of maps when the Commissioners of the Land Office (of which the State Engineer and Surveyor and Secretary of State were members) was abolished and its functions and duties, along with all of its related records, were transferred to the newly created OGS in 1960. Researchers wishing the most up-to-date information should consult the OGS Division of Land Utilization, Bureau of Land Disposition for access to the most current annotated set of maps.

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Contents Volume

Accretion: 19116-95
Albany County (Unboxed) 1
Bronx County (Unboxed) 2
Columbia County (Boxed) 3
Dutchess County (Boxed) 4
Erie County (Unboxed) 5
Greene County (Unboxed) 6
Kings County (Boxed) 7
Nassau County (Unboxed) 8
Niagara County (Boxed) 9
Orange County (Boxed) 10
Queens County (Boxed) 11
Rensselaer County (Unboxed) 12
Richmond County (Unboxed) 13
Rockland County (Unboxed) 14
Suffolk County (Unboxed) 15
Ulster County (Unboxed) 16
Westchester County (Unboxed) 17
Miscellaneous: Allegany, Broome, Clinton, Montgomery, Monroe, Warren, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Yates Counties (Unboxed) 18
Cayuga County (Boxed) 2A