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New York State Board of Commissioners of the Land Office Forest Preserve Land Purchase Proposal Files

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:
The series consists of correspondence, appraisal and survey descriptions, and a few maps relating to proposed land purchases for expansion of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The files track activities surrounding purchase of land for the Forest Preserve from the purchase proposals made to the Board of Commissioners of the Land Office by the Conservation Department (earlier the Conservation Commission) to the Board's approval of the purchase.
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Quantity:
2 cu. ft.(including 6 maps): (6 microfilm reels)
Inclusive Dates:
1920-1948
Series Number:
A3236
Sponsor:
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arrangement

Numerical by proposal number corresponding to rough chronological order of correspondence.

Administrative History

The Board of Commissioners of the Land Office supervised the use, acquisition, and disposition of state lands not already under another jurisdiction. Legislation of 1885 established both a state forest preserve and a Forest Commission to maintain and control it. The law designated 14 counties in which land then owned or subsequently acquired by the state would be preserved as forever wild forest land. Subsequent laws appropriated funds for the acquisition of additional lands for the preserve.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of correspondence, appraisal and survey descriptions, and a few maps relating to proposed land purchases for expansion of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The files track activities surrounding purchase of land for the Forest Preserve from the purchase proposals made to the Board of Commissioners of the Land Office by the Conservation Department (earlier the Conservation Commission) to the Board's approval of the purchase.

The Conservation Department proposals, consisting of letters to the Board recommending purchase of specified parcels of land, indicate the location, name, or lot number(s) of the tracts(s) and often a price per acre and total cost. Proposals are accompanied by an appraisal and survey description of the land indicating: metes and bounds; types of trees and other characteristics of the land; by whom offered for sale; price at which offered; amount appraised at; and recommended purchase price.

Some correspondence indicates other considerations such as easements, mineral deposits, and outstanding mineral rights. In a few cases, the State Geologist provides detailed information on the mineral content of the land. Many proposals have a handwritten annotation indicating the Board's approval of the purchase on a specified date. Files for some proposals are missing. Missing files are noted in the container list.

There are six maps scattered in the series. The maps are either annotated print tract maps or unannotated blueprint maps that accompany the Conservation Department recommendations and show land in the Adirondack Mountains recommended for purchase. The maps cover land in Hamilton, Essex, St. Lawrence, and Fulton counties. They often deal with land offered for sale by lumber companies, or, in one case, for an easement right-of-way to construct and maintain a telephone line proposed for the protection of the forestlands in the vicinity. Information on title, scale, surveyor, and legend is usually present on the blueprints, but the print maps are merely cut-out sections that have been colored in crayon to show the purchase areas in question. The maps range in size from 24 x 21.5 cm to 47 x 159 cm.

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Access Restrictions

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

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

Processing Information

This series was filmed by State Archives staff in 1995 as part of a cooperative reformatting project with the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, funded by a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Detailed Description

Contents Box Folder Roll

Accretion: A3236-87
351 to 375 (Missing: 354, 359, 360, 361, 365) 1 1 1
376 to 400 (Missing: 377, 387) 1 2 1
401 to 425 (Missing: 407, 418, 419); 424 includes blueprint map Grasse River on Property of Robert W. Higbie Lumber Co., September 27, 1918 1 3 1
426 to 450; 429 includes blueprint map Grasse River on Property of Robert W. Higbie Lumber Co., September 27, 1918 1 4 1
451 to 470; 464 includes "Color Annotated Map" 1 5 1
471 to 500 (Missing: 474) 1 6 1
501 to 529 1 7 2
530 to 550 1 8 2
551 to 575 (Missing: 555) 1 9 2
576 to 600 1 10 2
601 to 624 (Missing: 625); 623 includes blueprint map Lake Pleasant - Hamilton Lake Highway, May 5, 1927 1 11 2
626 to 650 1 12 2
651 to 675 1 13 3
676 to 700 1 14 3
701 to 725 1 15 3
726 to 750 1 16 3
751 to 800 1 17 3
801 to 825 2 1 3
826 to 850 2 2 4
851 to 875 2 3 4
876 to 900 2 4 4
901 to 925; 918 includes "Color Annotated Map" 2 5 4
926 to 950 2 6 4
951 to 975; 953 includes blueprint map of lots 2, 3, 53, 57, and 64, Benson Twp., March 8, 1934 2 7 4
976 to 1000 2 8 5
1001 to 1025 2 9 5
1026 to 1050 2 10 5
1051 to 1075 2 11 5
1076 to 1100 2 12 5
1101 to 1125 2 13 5
1126 to 1150 2 14 5
1151 to 1175 2 15 5
1176 to 1200 2 16 5
1201 to 1217 (Missing:1218-1221) 2 17 6
1222 to 1223 (purchases documented in this folder were acquired with funds authorized by Chapter 421, Laws 1947) 2 18 6