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New York State Engineer and Surveyor Drawings of State Boundary Monuments

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 volumes contain waterpaint drawings of individual boundary monuments and the surrounding landscape marking New York's borders with Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut. They were produced in conjunction with the State Engineer and Surveyor's triennial examination of previously established boundary markers in 1900. The State Engineer was directed by law to restore or replace damaged or missing markers and to set new ones, if lacking, where the state boundary was intersected by highways or town or county boundaries.
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Quantity:
3 cubic feet (3 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
[ca. 1900]
Series Number:
A4023

Arrangement

Numerical by monument number; geographical.

Scope and Content Note

These volumes contain waterpaint drawings of individual boundary monuments and the surrounding landscape marking New York's borders with Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut. They were produced in conjunction with the State Engineer and Surveyor's triennial examination of previously established boundary markers in 1900. The State Engineer was directed by law to restore or replace damaged or missing markers and to set new ones, if lacking, where the state boundary was intersected by highways or town or county boundaries.

Each illustration provides: drawing of a monument and its markings (most monuments are stone blocks with simple markings such as "N.Y. 3M" the three-mile marker, but a few are upright monuments with a more specific location marking); roads, waterways, fields, trees, fences, or other physical features of the land surrounding the monument; caption, which may provide monument's location on a road between towns or in relationship to one or two border towns, or description of the land on which the monument is located; for monuments on the Pennsylvania border, a notation indicating "Parallel Boundary" (that running east to west from the Delaware River) or "Meridan Boundary" (that running south to north at the border's west end and ending at Lake Erie); and notation if a monument is missing.

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

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Custodial History

The drawing "Watercolor View of Lower Manhattan and Harbor, ca. 1900" was removed from the series for exhibit purposes and subsequently stored separately.

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