New York State Engineer and Surveyor Maps and Descriptions of Lands Temporarily Appropriated for State Canals

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The series consists of blueprint maps and descriptions of lands temporarily appropriated by New York State for use in constructing, improving, and maintaining state canals. The maps were prepared by the Office of the State Engineer and Surveyor as part of its responsibilities in surveying, mapping, and engineering the state's canals. Temporarily appropriated lands were taken by the state for use and returned to the landowner after work on the canal was completed.
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Scope and Content Note

The blueprints are tracings of maps of land appropriations along the Erie Canal in the counties of Erie, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans. Each map has a title bearing: the name of the person from whom the land was appropriated as well as the location of the land to be appropriated.

Each map includes names of streets, canals, buildings, and other landmarks. A description of the land is provided which indicates the location and area of the land, as well as any streets, railroads, or canals nearby.

This volume also includes a printed signature and date form with elements certifying accuracy by the resident engineer, stating examination for correctness by the State Engineer and Surveyor, and providing filing date in the Office of the State Engineer and Surveyor. The degree of completion of this certification statement varies from map to map.

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Related Information

Related Materials

Series A0867 Blue Line Maps of the Canal Lands Owned by the State, contains related records

Series B0674 Maps and descriptions of western division lands permanently appropriated for use of the state canals contains related records

Other finding aids

This volume contains a name index.

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