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New York State Surveyor General Land Survey Field Books

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:
This is a series of surveys of unappropriated state lands or, in a few cases, land being resold. Many volumes contain surveys of land in the New Military Tract, the Totton and Crossfield Purchase, or George Scriba's patent. Volumes generally provide survey notes; name of surveyor; name and/or number of township, tract, or lot; county; date survey was completed or filed; occasional rough maps; and/or valuations of lots.
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Quantity:
12 cubic feet (61 volumes) Copies: 18 microfilm reels; 35mm.
Inclusive Dates:
1668-1848
Bulk Dates:
(bulk 1749-1830)
Series Number:
A4019

Arrangement

Numerical by field book number.

Scope and Content Note

This is a series of 61 volumes of surveys of unappropriated state lands or, in a few cases, land being resold. Many are surveys of land in the state's military tract, the Totton and Crossfield Purchase, or George Scriba's patent (6 volumes). Although the extent of information included varies from volume to volume, they generally contain the following: survey notes and remarks on the land; name of surveyor; name and/or number of township, tract, or lot; county; date survey was completed and/or filed; occasional rough maps of land surveyed; and valuations of some lots.

Use of Records

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.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series A4024 Indexes to maps and land records, indexes this series.

Other finding aids

Rough alphabetical index to tracts and towns in volumes labeled 0-46, A, and B; contents listings in most volumes.

Related Publications

Catalogue of Maps and Field Books in the Land Bureau of the Department of the State Engineer and Surveyor . . . (Albany: 1920) lists maps in books B, O, and 1-46 (pp. 50-54); lists field notes in books 1-48 (pp. 63-83); and indexes maps (pp. 93-110). This is the most complete listing available.; David E. E. Mix, Catalogue of Maps and Surveys in the Offices of the Secretary of State, State Engineer and Surveyor, and Comptroller . . . (Albany: 1859) incompletely lists field notes in books 3-39 and O (pp. 288-305); and indexes personal and place names (pp. 341-375). This listing is much less complete than the 1920 Catalog cited above.

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