James Hanna served as County Surveyor of Pope County, Ill., during the nineteenth century. The papers in this collection reflect his work as county surveyor, including the partitioning of estates for heirs, settling disputed land titles, and determining disputed boundaries. Most of the papers and diagrams concern Pope County, with two items relating to Hardin County. In addition, there are hand drawn plats of seven cities in Pope County.
The collection was transferred to the Illinois Historical Survey from the Map and Geography Library in 1974.