Preliminary Inventory of the Land Entry Papers of the General Land Office: Record Group 49, No. 22


In the United States, titles to land derive from a variety of sources depending on the history of the area in which the land is located. The only portions of the county that concern us here, however, are the 29 States commonly called the 'public land States' and the Territory of Alaska. (The public land States are as follows: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.) All lands in these States are now owned either by the Federal Government or by persons deriving their titles from that source. The General Land Office was established as a bureau within the Treasury Department for the disposition of the public domain. In 1849, the Office was transferred to the newly created Department of the Interior where it has since remained, although on July 16, 1946, it was consolidated with the Grazing Service to form the Bureau of Land Management. The functions of the General Land Office have been and are to supervise the survey, management, and disposition of the public domain and generally to execute all laws relating to public lands…Most of the vast body of records created by the General Land Office before 1908 and many subsequent to that date are now in the National Archives. This inventory is a list of only a portion of these records, a portion that in the National Archives is known as the 'land-entry papers' of the General Land Office.

Harry P. Yoshpe and Philip Brower

(1949), 2023, paper, 84 pp.

ISBN: 9780788477485