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New York State Canal Investigating Commission (1898) Printed Material, Correspondence and Photographs from the Canal Investigating Commission

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of instructions, specifications, profiles, cost estimates and accounts, correspondence, photographs, and other documents relating to proposed improvements to the Erie, Champlain, and Oswego Canals. The Canal Investigating Commission investigated work already done on enlarging and improving the aforementioned canals; examined contracts for the work and whether or not they were properly made; and determined whether the amount of money already expended on the work was properly expended and if additional money was needed to finish the work.
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12 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1888-1912
Series Number:
A0834

Administrative History

The Canal Investigating Commission was established by Chapter 15 of the Laws of 1898 to investigate work already done on enlarging and improving the Erie, Champlain, and Oswego Canals; to examine contracts for the work and whether or not they were properly made; and to determine whether the amount of money already expended on the work was properly expended and if additional money was needed to finish the work.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of instructions, specifications, profiles, cost estimates and accounts, correspondence, and other documents relating to proposed improvements to the Erie, Champlain, and Oswego Canals, 1895-1898, designated as numbered exhibits for the Canal Investigating Commission.

Also included are photographs of the Erie, Champlain, and Oswego Canals, principally views of locks, towpaths, berme banks, culverts, bridges, and canal breaks and repairs. Places represented include Buffalo, Tonawanda, Lockport, Albion, Syracuse, Forestport, Amsterdam, Cohoes, Watervliet, Watkins Glen, Glens Falls, and others. Some of the canal photographs are wholly or partially unidentified. There are also photographs of the Canadian Rockies by W.M. Notman and Son of Montreal, of the Shinnecock Canal, Long Island, 1888, and of the Oswego Power Canal.

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Series B1422 Photographic negatives of state canal sites and structures, contains negatives which correspond to some of the prints in this series.

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