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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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    • 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...
    • HALS Announces the 2015 HALS ChallengeDocumenting Modernist LandscapesLearn more...
    • HDP Presents Animated Fly-throughs of Historic Sites Heritage Documentation Programs has produced videos fly-through of a number of historic sites recently documented, 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 Documentation PostedThis 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 DocumentationLearn More...