Guide to Canal Records
Bureau of Canal Affairs
A3240. Ledger accounts for leases of surplus canal water, salaries of canal officials, and canal loans, 1826-1931. 0.3 cu. ft. (1 volume)
Arrangement: By type or subject of account (surplus canal water, salaries, loans), then chronological by date of payment.
One of the functions of the Comptroller was to supervise the financial affairs of the State's canals. The Bureau of Canal Affairs, established within the Comptroller's Office in 1883 (Chapter 69), accomplished this by maintaining accounts of financial transactions relating to canals.
This series is a record of payments and receipts on account of the canals and canal debt. The Comptroller's Office included summary data on these accounts in annual reports to the Commissioners of the Canal Fund. The volume includes accounts for lease of surplus canal waters, 1826-1931; weigh masters' salaries, 1848-1881; enlargement loan and deficiency loans, 1872-1877; canal appraisers' and clerks' salaries and expenses, 1857-1882; Attorney General, December 1856-January 1857 (no indication of what payments were for); appropriations for clerk hire in office of State Engineer and Surveyor, 1851- 1860; services rendered weigh masters, 1855; and salaries and expenses of Canal Commissioners, State Engineer and Surveyor, and Superintendent of Public Works, 1848-1881. Each account provides account name; amount paid or received; date of transaction; and service or item for which payment was made or received.
Indexes: Alphabetical index by first letter of account name in front of volume.
A1439. Lists of awards made by Board of Claims, 1892-1894. .2 cu. ft.
Arrangement: Chronological by date of award.
Lists of awards by the Board of Claims (predecessor to the Court of Claims) were filed with the Bureau of Canal Affairs in the Comptroller's Office. Each list provides name of claimant; date of filing; claim; amount claimed; nature of claim; date; and amount of award. Each list covers a period of from a few days to several months. The Board of Claims was established by a law of 1883 (Chapter 205), succeeding the Office of Canal Appraisers.
A1270. Engineers' accounts, 1899-1920. 1 volume
Arrangement: By engineer, then by canal.
This account book documents expenses of canal engineers. Columns on each page include amount received, salary, travel, stationery, postage, office rent, miscellaneous, and dollar amount