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New York State Engineer and Surveyor Final Estimates and Accounts

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 series contains final estimates, accounts, and measurements for a variety of canal and canal related structures including locks, roads, shores, bridges, sluices, excavations, culverts, linings, puddlings, dams, and embankments. Volumes contain detailed, multi-colored drawings and sketches, monochrome photographs, blueprints, and linen maps. Records pertain to the Middle Division of the Enlarged Erie Canal, Black River Canal, Chenango Canal, Chenango Canal Extension, and Oneida Lake Canal.
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Quantity:
113.2 cubic feet (249 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1835-1905
Series Number:
B0377

Arrangement

B0377-97: Arranged by contract.

B0377-01: Arranged by canal, then chronological.

B0377-06: Unarranged.

B0377-16: Arrangement uncertain.

Scope and Content Note

B0377-01: This accretion consists of eight final estimate books; 7 volumes are for the Black River Canal, the remaining one is for the Chenango Canal. In addition to final estimates, accounts, and measurements for a variety of canal and canal related structures (including locks, roads, shores, bridges, sluices, excavations, culverts, linings, puddlings, dams, and embankments) the volumes contain detailed, multi-colored drawings and sketches, monochrome photographs, blueprints, and linen maps. Each volume includes an index at the front which lists canal, title of contract, contractor name, law and chapter, and page number.

B0377-06: This accretion consists of final accounts and estimates for the Middle Division of the Enlarged Erie Canal as well as for the Chenango Canal Extension, Oneida Lake Canal, and the Black River Canal.

B0377-16: This accretion consists of final estimate books retained by the Syracuse office. Estimates document the listing of work for the Baldwinsville dam, the Limestone Creek and Butternut Creek Aqueducts, and the final account for the Syracuse Weighlock.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series B1908 Card index to canal records, indexes this series

Series B0698 Index to Western Division final accounts, indexes this series.

Other finding aids

B0377-97: Alphabetical index of names of contractors and type of projects available at the repository.

B0377-85, B0377-01, B0377-06: Volume lists available at the repository.

Volume 1 of B0698 indexes this series.

Custodial History

These volumes were maintained by the Dept. of Transportation, Division of Waterways Maintenance, Region 2 (Utica) office. The accretion was transferred by the Canal Corporation, via the New York State Museum, in February 2001 and accessioned by the State Archives in March 2001.

B0377-06: These records were transferred to the State Archives in 1985 but became estranged from the original accession for some unknown reason until they were identified and accessioned as part of the 11th floor renovation and relocation project.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Volume

Accretion: B0377-16
circa 1848-circa 1853 "Calculations", Black River Canal (Old Volume 840) 1 1
circa 1848-circa 1851 "Volume 3", "Final Calculations", Black River Canal, Index (Old Volume 842) 1 2
circa 1850 "Volume 4", Black River Canal, Index (Old Volume 842A) 1 3
circa 1848-circa 1851 "Volume 5", Black River Canal - includes Lock Houses, Index (Old Volume 842B) 1 4
circa 1861-circa 1869 "Repairs of the Chenango Canal" - includes Kingsley Brook Reservoir, Index (Old Volume 884) 1 5
circa 1895-circa 1896 Final estimates - includes Cowasselon Ditch (1895), Black River Canal bridge at Carthage (1896) and the Erie Canal West Genesee lift bridge in Syracuse (1896) [Old Volume 917] 2 6
1850-1856 "Volume 5", "Miscellaneous", Black River Canal, no index (Old Volume 840D) 3 7
circa 1893-circa 1896 "Final Estimate Book 30", Middle Division - includes the State Dam at Baldwinsville, piling at Penn Yan, index (Old Volume 30) 4 8
circa 1847-circa 1853 "Final Estimate Book B", Middle Division - includes Limestone and Butternut Creek Aqueduct, index (Old Volume B) 4 9