The State Land Office Records consist of 47 cubic feet of records documenting transactions in the disposal of state public
lands, and early survey records of various geographic areas within California, especially San Francisco.
The formal administration of state public lands began in 1858 with the creation of the State Land Office for the purpose of
"ascertaining, protecting, and managing the title and claim of the state to any lands within its limits, derived by grants
from the United States, or in any other manner." The Surveyor General, a statewide elected official whose Office was established
by the 1849 California Constitution, served as ex officio Register of the State Land Office (Chapter 176, Statutes 1858).
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication
is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
Collection is open for research. Access to some records may be limited due to the physical condition of the documents. Please
see Reference Archivist for access information.