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New York State Department of Transportation Lands Under Water Survey Project Records

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 lands under water survey project records, which resulted from surveys conducted on behalf of applicants for lands under water transactions. The records also include some documentation of transfer of jurisdiction to other state agencies. Documented projects were located in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island as well as Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, and Greene counties. Typed of records include survey receipts, payroll logs, survey descriptions, phone message slips, survey calculations, copies of adjacent upland deeds, newspaper articles, and survey maps.
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Quantity:
51 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1916-1986
Series Number:
B2643

Arrangement

Numerically by project number.

Administrative History

From 1846 to 1925, the Office of the State Engineer and Surveyor was responsible for planning, construction, maintenance, and monitoring of New York's canal system, and had additional responsibilities for highways and railroads. It also had responsibility for the survey and sale of lands under water and other state lands.

In 1926, the Office of the State Engineer and Surveyor was abolished and the newly established Department of Public Works (DPW) assumed most of its functions (except for the sale of lands under water and unappropriated state lands). The Department of Transportation (DOT) was established in 1967 and took over many of the responsibilities of the defunct DPW.

In 1916, the State Legislature appropriated $5,000 to the State Engineer and Surveyor for conducting surveys associated with applications for lands under water transactions. Beginning with the office of the State Engineer and Surveyor, who assigned surveys of lands under water to a division engineer and continuing under DPW and DOT until the late 1970s, state employees carried on the tradition of conducting surveys on behalf of applicants for lands under water (LUW) transactions. The LUW applications and survey maps were ultimately filed with the Commissioners of the Land Office and later, the Office of General Services.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of lands under water survey project records, which resulted from surveys conducted on behalf of applicants for lands under water transactions. Applicants could be private individuals or municipalities. The records also include some documentation of transfer of jurisdiction to other state agencies. The records are filed with applicant name, project location, and project number on binding. Some files also include PIN and "H" series numbers. Documented projects were located in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island as well as Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, and Greene counties.

The survey project file consists of survey receipts and logs that track the surveyor (staff) hours and rate of pay for the survey work, survey description, phone message slips, survey calculations, and copy of the adjacent upland deed. Also included are newspaper articles (e.g., describe proposed housing development project to which the survey relates) and survey maps. Each lands under water transaction produced two maps: one map which is a detailed survey map of the parcel(s) in question and a second map which is a broad overview map of the area where the parcel(s) are located. The blueprint maps are folded to fit within standard filing folders.

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series B2645 New York State Department of Transportation lands under water survey project index cards, serves as an index to this series. The last set of numbers in the H-series number indicates the survey project number which is located in this series.

Acquistion Information

These records were transferred under appraisal report 18-09.

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Contents Box

Accretion: B2643-18
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 1-87 – Survey Field Notes 1
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 88-115 – Survey Field Notes 2
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 116-143 – Survey Field Notes 3
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 144-163 – Survey Field Notes 4
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 164-181 – Survey Field Notes 5
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 182-207 – Survey Field Notes 6
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 208-227 – Survey Field Notes 7
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 228-258 – Survey Field Notes 8
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 259-275 – Survey Field Notes 9
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 276-299 – Survey Field Notes 10
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 300-326 – Survey Field Notes 11
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 327-342 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 12
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 343-360 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 13
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 361-383 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 14
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 384-400 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 15
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 401-412 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 16
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 413-433 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 17
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 434-445 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 18
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 446-455 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 19
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 456-463 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 20
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 464-471 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 21
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 472-489 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 22
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 490-498 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 23
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 499-506 – Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 24
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 506a –517 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 25
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 518 –526 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 26
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 527 –538 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 27
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 539 –546 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 28
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 547 –560 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 29
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 561 –571 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 30
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 572 –581 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 31
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 582 –592 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 32
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 593 –602 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 33
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 603 –615 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 34
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 616 –629 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 35
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 630-643 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 36
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 644 –657 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 37
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 658-669 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 38
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 670-680 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 39
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 921-692 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 40
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 693 –707 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 41
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 708-716 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 42
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 717 –726 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 43
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 727–737Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 44
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 738–747 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 45
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 748–754c Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 46
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 755–765 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 47
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 766-777 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 48
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 778-786 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 49
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 787–794 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 50
Long Island LUW Surveys Files 795-805 Survey Field Notes– Survey Field Notes 51