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Original Public Land Survey Field Notes, Minnesota, Digital Format

Metadata Updated: April 10, 2015

Minnesota's original public land survey field notes were handwritten documents prepared during the first government land survey of the state by the U.S. Surveyor General's Office between 1847 and 1911. The collection of 1,417 paper volumes totals 304,370 pages and is housed at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). The field notes serve as the fundamental legal records for real estate in Minnesota; all property titles and descriptions stem from them. They remain an essential resource for surveyors and provide a record of the state's physical geography prior to European settlement. They also serve as a testimony to many years of hard work by the surveying community, often under very challenging conditions. The deteriorating physical condition of the volumes and the need to provide wider public access to the notes have made handling the original volumes increasingly impractical. To meet this challenge, the Office of the Secretary of State, the State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management collaborated in a digitization and indexing project which produced high quality (approximately 600 dpi), 24-bit color images of the maps in TIFF and JPEG 2000 formats - over 13 terabytes of data. Funding was provided by a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Dates

Metadata Date October 8, 2014
Metadata Created Date October 17, 2014
Metadata Updated Date April 10, 2015
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2011 (publication)
Frequency Of Update unknown

Metadata Source

Harvested from Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

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Sample page of interior volume 735, 5th principal meridian, image number 15 and M-number M7

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date October 8, 2014
Metadata Created Date October 17, 2014
Metadata Updated Date April 10, 2015
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2011 (publication)
Responsible Party Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
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Bbox North Lat 49.5
Bbox South Lat 43.0
Bbox West Long -97.5
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Frequency Of Update unknown
Graphic Preview Description Sample page of interior volume 735, 5th principal meridian, image number 15 and M-number M7
Graphic Preview File http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/chouse/GLO/fieldnotes/notebook_page_detail.gif
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Harvest Source Id 526b774b-2dbe-4b61-91f5-8e3e020b9bce
Harvest Source Title Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
Licence MnGeo's data disclaimer is online: http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/chouse/disclaimer.html
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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