This collection (NvSA-000163) contains the records of the Division of State Lands from 1861-1990. The 34 c.f. and 24 volumes of materials consist of correspondence, land patents issued by the Nevada Surveyor General/State Lands Office, surveys, contracts, and related materials including 229 sheets of maps.
To learn more about the agency, download the history here:
This series includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence, much of it concerning applications and payments for lands, availability and status of lands, and disputed claims. Some of the types of correspondence include:
Official records of patents for lands issued by the Nevada Surveyor General/State Lands Office. Each includes name of patentee, description/location of land granted by patent, patent number, and date. Arranged chronologically/numerically by date of patent/patent number.
The State Lands office compiled a searchable data base for the land patents, available here. The database is searchable by name of patentee, township and range, and patent number. The official land patent records are at the Nevada State Archives.
In addition, all of the existing land patents from our archives have been digitized and are available via our Digital Collections.
The first surveys of Nevada lands were undertaken to determining boundaries - between California and Nevada and between individual counties. The first survey, conducted by Butler Ives in 1863, was to determine the boundary between California and Nevada. A second California/Nevada boundary survey was conducted by Allexey W. von Schmidt and Willis Drummond in 1872. The Nevada State Archives has a copy of the original map which is part of the National Archives, entitled "Map of Eastern Boundary of the State of California as Surveyed ...20 July, 1872..." Map room.
Other surveys in the State Archives include:
An important responsibility of the U.S. Surveyor General was compiling maps of lands in new territories and states. Contracts were let to several dozen surveyors to map out the territory and state of Nevada beginning in 1861. Copies of the resultant maps were deposited with the Nevada State Surveyor General's office. Maps not transferred to the State Archives remain with the State Lands Office.
|1861-1929||229 sheets + assorted folders|
Other kinds of records include the following which often reflect complicated financial procedures between the State Land Registrar, State Controller, and State Treasurer for receiving and distributing monies from the sale of land patents:
The records of the State Lands office include those representing functions later assigned to other agencies: