This is a Non-Federal dataset covered by different Terms of Use than

Reports of Estimates and Appraisals of the Timber Commissioners Board, Minnesota, 1895-1905: Image Format

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2020

This image format data set was created from surveys of state-owned timber conducted by the Minnesota Board of Timber Commissioners between 1895-1905. The surveys were conducted for a number of public land survey (PLS) sections scattered throughout the forested northern half of Minnesota, mostly comprising school, indemnity school and swamp lands. The paper records consist of approximately 2,500 pages, with plat maps and assessments indicating the extent, value and condition of timber resources for each section. Each page has a map of one PLS section accompanied by text answers to 13 standard questions about timber species, product volumes, access and susceptibility to fire. The surveyors were instructed to trace swamps, roads and lakes on the section map; occasionally, they also made supplemental text notes directly on the maps. In addition to information about tree species and volume, the surveyors often noted the location of cultural features such as sawmills. Some sections were resurveyed several times as different tree species became commercially important or as surveyors needed to assess damage from natural or human causes. The amount of detail and completeness varies from survey to survey since they were conducted by a number of people over a period of time. In addition, the resurveys often noted only what had changed and thus did not include a map or complete answers to the 13 questions. The information on the paper records has been captured in several digital formats: 1. non-georeferenced scans; 2. geo-referenced scans; 3. vector files of the polygons, lines and points on the maps; and 4. a database of the text information accompanying the maps. This metadata record applies to both the non-georeferenced and georeferenced scanned images.

Access & Use Information

Non-Federal: This dataset is covered by different Terms of Use than License: No license information was provided.

Downloads & Resources


Metadata Date November 13, 2015
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) June 1, 2001 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

Metadata Source

Harvested from Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 13, 2015
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) June 1, 2001 (publication)
Responsible Party Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: Redistribution Conditions: In obtaining this data, it is understood that you and/or your organization have the right to use it for any purpose. If you modify it, you are encouraged to apply responsible best practices by documenting those changes in a metadata record. If you transmit or provide the data to another user, it is your responsibility to provide appropriate content, limitation, warranty and liability information as you see fit., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -89.9
Bbox North Lat 48.6
Bbox South Lat 45.9
Bbox West Long -95.7
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Graphic Preview Description Sample scan of Township 47N, Range 25W, Section 36 in Aitkin County
Graphic Preview File
Harvest Object Id 2e8387f4-3767-4b83-84b6-0c736ffe7a3e
Harvest Source Id df350285-8807-4289-913e-a4c9d489b765
Harvest Source Title Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
Licence Check with the Minnesota Historical Society for their distribution liability policy
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

Didn't find what you're looking for? Suggest a dataset here.