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Canal ice permits

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of canal ice permits, which allowed people to extract ice from canals during the seasonal navigational suspension period. Mostly permits are from the Capital District, particularly Watervliet, Green Island and Cohoes. Many were individual men, though a few women and several industries applied for and received ice permits as well. Information includes the name and city of the individual submitting the application and the conditions under which the permit was granted.
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0.4 cu. ft. (1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1895-1906
Series Number:
B0337

Scope and Content Note

This bound volume contains canal ice permits, which allowed people to extract ice from canals during the seasonal navigational suspension period. Most of those who applied for and received permits came from the Capital District area, particularly Watervliet, Green Island and Cohoes. Many were individual men, though a few women and several industries applied for and received ice permits as well. Those requesting ice permits typically wanted to extract ice from the Erie Canal, though permits were granted for the Mohawk Basin and Watervliet Basin as well.

Each permit follows a form layout. The top of the permit names the individual who submitted the application for the ice permit and the city in which that person resided. The rest of the permit states that the individual or company was granted permission to use the canal or basin under the following conditions: (1) Any damage to canal banks or structures be repaired before the start of the navigation season; (2) A fee of $25 be paid for every acre of surface of ice covered by the permit; and (3) A description be submitted of the location the individual or company planned to use and how much ice they planned to take. The written or typed description would be attached.

In addition to the vast amount of permits found in this series, there are also two letters addressed to the Superintendent of Public Works from men asking for ice permits.

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Series B0335, Expense records and receipts from granting ice permits, contains related records.

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