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Heritage Documentation Programs


Heritage Documentation Programs administers the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and its companion programs: the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. The HABS/HAER/HALS Collection is housed at the Library of Congress.

 

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    • Apply for the 2016 Sally Kress Tompkins FellowshipApplications for the 2016 Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship for architectural history will be accepted until December 31, 2015.Learn more...
    • 2015 Charles E. Peterson Prize Winners AnnouncedThe Historic American Buildings Survey, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects have selected the 2015 winners of the Charles E. Peterson Prize for measured drawings.Learn more...
    • NASA and NPS Share Two Decades of Heritage PartnershipSince 1995, the National Park Service (NPS) has partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to document many of the historic resources related to our Nation’s space program.Learn more...
    • HDP Presents Animated Fly-throughs of Historic Sites Heritage Documentation Programs has produced fly-through videos for a number of recently documented historic sites, including the U.S.S. Cairo at Vickburg National Military Park and the historic stairs at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Learn more...
    • HABS Guide to Field DocumentationThis Field Guide offers step-by-step instructions about how to observe, take field measurements, and create field notes and a short-form report about a historic site or structure to HABS standards. Learn more...
    • Producing HABS/HAER/HALS Measured Drawings from Laser ScansThe pros and cons of using laser scanning for heritage documentation.Learn More...