Canal plans, drawings, and blueprints, 1840-1920 (bulk 1850-1895)

New York (State) Superintendent of Public Works


280.4 cu. ft (3,000 plans, drawings, and blueprints).
Arranged roughly by canal name and/or by type of structure.
The series consists of ca. 3,000 drawings, blueprints, plans, diagrams, tracings, and maps relating primarily to the state's canal system produced and/or compiled by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Works and its predecessor, the Office of the State Engineer and Surveyor. Chronologically, individual items range from the 1840s-1920s; although the bulk of the material dates from the 1850s to the 1890s. Virtually all the state's canals are represented, but the series is particularly strong with respect to the Barge Canal system.
The series is accessible by means of a card file organized roughly by canal name and/or by type of structure (e.g., bridges, locks, feeders, dams). In a few cases the cards provide cross references to DOT "Structure Books" (Series B0292) and/or canal contracts (Series B0213).
Restricted due to severe fire and water damage Use under supervision of archivist.
Series B0292, Map and Plan Books of the Location and Construction of the State's Canal System; and series B0213, Barge Canal Contract Files, contain related material.
This series is index by Series B1883, Index to canal plans, drawings, and blueprints, 1840-1920.
A card file indexes the series by canal name and/or by type of structure.
Agency record NYSV86-a387 describes the history and functions of the Department of Transportation resulting in creation of the records series.

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