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Deeds executed by the Holland Land Company,

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 Holland Land Company was an association of Dutch banks and other investors speculating in American land during the late 1700s. The company purchased over five million acres in central and western New York and Pennsylvania. This series consists of a portfolio of deeds (conveyances of real property) for individual lots in the Holland Purchase. Deeds are signed duplicate originals, and contain maps of lots conveyed.
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0.5 cu. ft. (1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1828
Series Number:
A4027

Administrative History

The Holland Land Company was an association of Dutch banks and other investors speculating in American land during the late 1700s.

The company purchased over five million acres in central and western New York and Pennsylvania. The land was divided into ranges numbered I to XV east to west. Ranges were subdivided into townships of six square miles which were then further divided into lots of 360 acres. The lots could be broken into three sections of 120 acres each. Between 1798 and 1800, surveyors ran the lines of the ranges and townships. Following this, work began on internal surveys of the townships. When this was completed in 1819, the company increased its efforts to sell the land. The company sold its last tract of land (in Pennsylvania) in 1849 and was subsequently liquidated.

Scope and Content Note

Portfolio of deeds (conveyances of real property) for individual lots in the Holland Purchase. Deeds are signed duplicate originals, and contain maps of lots conveyed. The deeds are standard printed forms, with particular information added in ink. The deeds have sewing marks on the left hand side, indicating that they were originally bound in a book.

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.

Microfilm 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm.

Custodial History

This volume was purchased by the state from the widow of David E. E. Mix, who had published lists of Holland Land Company records in Catalog 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). The state purchased these and other Holland Land Company records in order to have original records concerning state lands.

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