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General Land Office - Original Land Survey Field Notes, 1859 - 1980

Identifier: ACC 84-001:

Scope and Contents

This series consists of the original handwritten notes taken by surveyors during initial boundary surveys, resurveys, and survey amendments in South Dakota. Includes surveys of township, range, and subdivision lines; standard and parallel guide meridian lines; state boundaries; and Indian and military reservation boundaries. Also includes field notes for mineral surveys, homestead entry surveys, and town site surveys.


  • 1859 - 1980


67 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English


Notes are bound together in books with leather covers. An index map is available that indicates in which book the notes for a particular survey can be found (see MF 531).

Related Materials

Microfilm copies of these records are available in the Archives' Research Room. These records are also in the process of being digitized, and will be placed in the South Dakota Digital Archives as they are completed ( See accession 84-002 for the original plat maps which correspond to these notes. The maps are also available online through the BLM's Federal Land Records Site (

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)