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New York State State Engineer and Surveyor Survey Maps of Lands in New York State

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These are maps of surveys made for landholders, for partitioning of land, and for disposition of as yet unappropriated state lands. The Surveyor General and his successor State Engineer and Surveyor produced these maps in keeping with his responsibilities for surveying and mapping state lands. A number of the maps are of townships in the State's military tract.
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Quantity:
72.3 cubic feet (circa 1,200 maps); Copies: 1012 aperture cards; 35mm.
Inclusive Dates:
circa 1711-1913
Bulk Dates:
bulk circa 1772-1913
Series Number:
A0273

Arrangement

Numerical by map number.

Scope and Content Note

These are maps of surveys made for landholders, for partitioning of land, and for disposition of as yet unappropriated state lands. The Surveyor General and his successor State Engineer and Surveyor produced these maps in keeping with his responsibilities for surveying and mapping state lands. A number of the maps are of townships in the State's military tract.

The maps generally provide: name, location, or number of the town, tract, patent, or Indian reservation surveyed; lot boundaries and dimensions; lot numbers; names of landholders (sometimes); waterways; the number of acres in area surveyed (sometimes); and on some town maps, names of streets. Many of these maps were previously on rollers; others were in portfolios.

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Access Restrictions

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

Alternate Formats Available

Microform (aperture cards) is available for selected maps at the New York State Archives.

Scanned images of the bulk of maps are available at the New York State Archives.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series A4011 Survey Maps of Lands in New York and Vermont ("State Hall Maps"), contains similar maps

Series B1845 Card index to survey maps of lands in New York State, indexes this series.

Other finding aids

Item list, including maps located at the New York State Department of Transportation, is available.

A list of some of these maps is published in David E. E. Mix, Catalogue of Maps and Surveys in the Offices of the Secretary of State, State Engineer and Surveyor, and Comptroller, and the New York State Library (Albany, 1859).

A complete list of maps in the series is published in Catalog of Maps and Field Books in the Land Bureau of the Department of the State Engineer and Surveyor New York State (Albany, 1920), pp. 3-35.

The New York State Library holds an annotated copy of the 1920 Catalog showing which maps were transferred to the Library and later to the Archives.

Custodial History

Collation date 1753-1856.

Processing Information

The "Map of 'Philipstown' Yorktown West, 8 1/2 mi." was removed from the series for exhibit purposes and subsequently stored separately.

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