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New York State Engineer and Surveyor Western Division Engineer's Office Ledgers for Western Division 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:
The volumes in this series were used by the Western Division Engineer's Office of the New York State Canal System to record accounts and payments. The volumes document financial accounts relating to various people, projects, and organizations.
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Quantity:
2 cubic feet (5 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1876-1904
Series Number:
B0689

Arrangement

The volumes in this series are arranged chronologically and therein by account holder or type of expense. The expenses are then listed chronologically.

Administrative History

Chapter 79 of the Laws of 1895 proposed enlargement and improvement of the state canal system. Work was to be done by contract and in accordance with plans, specifications, and estimates prepared and approved by the State Engineer and Surveyor that stated the extent of each piece of work and the materials to be used in doing it. Succeeding legislation in 1896 and 1897 amended that law, regulating the making of contracts for work on the canal, reapportioning unexpended balances, and appropriating funds for carrying on canal improvements. The records from 1895-1904 document the work done under this law.

Scope and Content Note

The volumes in this series were used by the Western Division of the New York State Canal System contain financial information for the Western Division of the New York State Canal System. The volumes document financial accounts relating to various people, projects, and organizations. The volumes list name, expenses, balance, amount paid, check numbers, and balance carried over. Occupation of the account holder is sometimes included as well. The volumes are organized by account holder or type of expense (stationery, fuel, postage, and ordinary and extraordinary repairs related to the canal). The expenses are then listed chronologically. Volumes 1 through 4 are indexed, but Volume 5 lacks an index.

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series B0687 Contract specifications, engineers' estimates, and related documents pertaining to the nine million dollar canal improvement

Series B0688 Journals for Western Division accounts

Series B0689 Ledgers for Western Division Accounts

Series B0396 Sectional canal survey maps of the 1895 improvement of the Erie Canal

Series A4425 Card file index to Erie Canal construction and improvements and

Series B0395 Contract plans relating to improvement of the Erie and Oswego canals all contain related records.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Volume

Accretion: B0689-85
1876 March 8 - 1888 December 31 Ledgers Pertaining to Western Division Accounts 1 1
1896 January 18 - 1896 August 3 Ledgers Pertaining to Western Division Accounts 1 3
1890 February 28 - 1893 July 31 Ledgers Pertaining to Western Division Accounts 2 2
1897 November 15 - 1902 November 15 Ledgers Pertaining to Western Division Accounts 3 4
1903 March 6 - 1904 September 29 Ledgers Pertaining to Western Division Accounts 4 5