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Minnesota's Original Public Land Survey (PLS) Maps - Conversion to Digital Images (TIFF, JPEG and PDF formats)

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2020

This dataset includes high quality (800 Dots Per Inch - DPI), 24 bit color images of Minnesota's original Public Land Survey (PLS) plats created during the first government land survey of the state from 1848 to 1907. Currently housed at the Office of the Secretary of State, these plats were created by the U.S. Surveyor General's Office. This collection of more than 3,600 maps also includes later General Land Office (GLO) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maps - up to the year 2001. Minnesota's survey plat maps serve as the fundamental legal records for real estate in the state; all property titles and descriptions stem from them. They also serve as an essential resource for surveyors and as an analytical tool for the state's physical geography prior to European settlement. Finally, they serve as a testimony to years and years of hard work by the surveying community, often under challenging conditions. In recent years the deteriorating physical condition of the older maps and the needs of technologically more sophisticated researchers, who require access to the maps, have made handling the original paper records increasingly less practical. To meet this challenge, the Office of the Secretary of State, the State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, MnGeo (formerly the Land Management Information Center - LMIC) and the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors collaborated in a digitization project which produced images of the maps in standard TIFF, JPEG and PDF formats - nearly 1.5 terabytes worth of data. Funding was provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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Metadata Date October 9, 2014
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2004 (publication)
Frequency Of Update irregular

Metadata Source

Harvested from Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date October 9, 2014
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2004 (publication)
Responsible Party Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: These images have NOT been certified by the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State as exact, digital copies of the original source documents. These images are NOT geo-referenced., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -89.0
Bbox North Lat 49.5
Bbox South Lat 43.0
Bbox West Long -97.5
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update irregular
Graphic Preview Description A portion of Township 48, Range 16 W. (Jay Cook State Park) at 800 DPI, dated 1858 (MHS ID: 390)
Graphic Preview File
Harvest Object Id eafc6b31-4e5e-4cb4-8665-5f09a0d90a22
Harvest Source Id df350285-8807-4289-913e-a4c9d489b765
Harvest Source Title Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
Licence MnGeo's data disclaimer is online:
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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