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New York State Surveyor's Diary

A description of the diary at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 10 Mar 2010

Biographical History

The unknown diary writer appears to have been a land surveyor who lived in the Oswego County region of New York. He occasionally visits Albany and mentions drafting bills and state laws (especially related to road work), suggesting that he held public office and/or worked in an official capacity as a surveyor at the state level. He also appears to own a farm.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The New York State Surveyor's Diary spans 1848 to 1849 and consists of short entries in which the diary writer notes down his daily activities. Most entries are only a sentence or two long, usually starting with a description of the day's weather, and then details such as places the diary writer traveled to, people he visited, and work surveying or on his farm.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds another similar collection, the Surveyor’s Diary

Subject Headings


Surveyors -- Diaries.
Surveyors -- New York (State)


Oswego County (N.Y.) -- History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

New York State Surveyor's Diary,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Morrison, 1969.

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