Board of Commissioners of Public Lands

Land Records

The goal of the Land Records Archive is to preserve and provide access to records of the agency’s past and present land holdings.

The BCPL maintains an archive of records relating to lands granted to the State of Wisconsin. This archive documents the surveys of State lands, the State’s receipt of the granted lands, the appraisal and management of such lands and finally the subsequent land sales. The records cover land transaction activity since statehood and provide legal documentation of the original land transfers. The archive is a rich source of historical information concerning the settlement of Wisconsin. The majority of these records date from 1848 to 1900.

The original survey field notes and plat maps, and resurvey maps have been digitized and are available here.