Digitization of Historic Field Notes

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$580,829
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (d), History Partnerships
Appropriation Language

(d) History Partnerships. $1,250,000 in 2010 and $2,750,000 in 2011 are for partnerships between and with the Minnesota Historical Society and partnering organizations to enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$580,829
Project Overview

Partner Organizations: Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MNGeo), Minnesota Secretary of State, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Minnesota Association of County Surveyors (MACS), U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

General Land Office Field Notes were created for the federal government between 1847 and 1911, prior to opening Minnesota to land sale and to European settlement. These highly detailed descriptions of what the surveyors observed and the measurements they performed are the only comprehensive representation of Minnesota's landscape prior to development. These notes still serve as the legal foundation for all land ownership in the state, and all property titles ultimately rest on these descriptions. Previously, these valuable notes were only available as paper documents, contained in 758 volumes totaling nearly 250,000 pages. Through this partnership and with ACHF funding, digitization of the entire collection of field notes will assist the public with planning and economic development activities by broadening access via the Internet.

Project Details

Partner Organizations: Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MNGeo), Minnesota Secretary of State, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Minnesota Association of County Surveyors (MACS), U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) General Land Office Field Notes were created for the federal government between 1847 and 1911, prior to opening Minnesota to land sale and to European settlement. These highly detailed descriptions of what the surveyors observed and the measurements they performed are the only comprehensive representation of Minnesota's landscape prior to development. These notes still serve as the legal foundation for all land ownership in the state, and all property titles ultimately rest on these descriptions. Previously, these valuable notes were only available as paper documents, contained in 758 volumes totaling nearly 250,000 pages. Through this partnership and with ACHF funding, digitization of the entire collection of field notes will assist the public with planning and economic development activities by broadening access via the Internet.