- Historical Records Section
This Section of the Office can trace its history to the original creation of the State Land Office in 1844 - whose function was to sell State-owned lands and maintain the records, documents, and plats of said sales. It is these records and maps that provide the evidence of State ownership which is used to develop revenues from surface leasing and permitting for the State Land Office and mineral leasing for the Department of Natural Resources. Additional duties have been added over the years to include the following sub-programs:
State Immovable Property Inventory Sub-Program: (L.R.S. 39:11-14, 41:1, 41:2B, 41:7, 41:13, 41:16B, 41:140F, 41:151H)This sub-program maintains a centralized inventory of immovable property owned or leased by the State or any of its departments and agencies. The land and conveyance information for each property is maintained by this office, while information regarding any state owned or insured buildings/structures situated upon these lands is maintained by the Division of Administration's Office of Risk Management - Loss Prevention Unit. Currently, the state's immovable property inventory contains information for approximately 9,694 buildings across 1,149 sites (referred to as Business Entities) comprising nearly 1.3 million acres of land in which the state has an interest. Most State-owned/leased lands in this inventory, as well as many of the lands in which the state has only a mineral interest can be viewed on our interactive map by selecting the "GIS & Data" tab above.
Historical Land Title Records Sub-Program: (L.R.S. 41:1-6)
This sub-program maintains all Official U.S. and State historical land title information - including original land claims pursuant to Spanish, British, and French Land Grants; all severance documents of U.S. and State public lands; all U.S. Official Township Survey plats and field notes; the U.S. and State Tract Books - which are an index of all the other documents mentioned; Section 16 School Lands; State Patents; and numerous related documents. These records make up the source of title for every acre of land in Louisiana, whether privately or publicly owned. We have scanned a major portion of these records for retrieval, viewing, and copying. You can access these records from "Document Access", then "Historical Records" from the main menu on the OSL home page.
1201 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Suite G-223 of the Claiborne Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 44124
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Telephone: (225) 342-4578