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This collection contains Arkansas Highway Department maps and Arkansas Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps showing township and range for areas of Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Office was created in 2001 as a division of the Department of Information Services (DIS). It became a state agency in 2009. Its purpose is to coordinate the development and maintenance of geographic information systems (GIS) data throughout the state. The office works with county assessors, judges, non-profit agencies, private sector agencies, and various state agencies to assist with mapping of property and to ensure that the state's GIS data about Arkansas is accurate for decision makers. The office also operates GeoStor, Arkansas' GIS clearinghouse, where the state's GIS data is published for users. The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) is a way of subdividing and describing land in the United States. All lands in the public domain are subject to subdivision by this rectangular system of surveys, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The maps in this collection show Arkansas land divided into township, range, and section by the PLSS. Townships are approximately 6-mile squares of land, containing 36 sections. Ranges are vertical columns of townships. A section is a one-square-mile block of land, containing 640 acres or approximately one thirty-six of a township.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Arkansas Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Office microfilm map collection, MS.000934


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Office microfilm map collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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