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Heritage Documentation Programs


Heritage Documentation Programs administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey), and CRGIS (Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.

Latest News

    • 2015 HAER Maritime Documentation Internship AnnouncedThe internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a Historic American Engineering Record maritime documentation project.Learn more...
    • Announcing the 2015 Leicester B. Holland Prize: A Single-sheet Measured Drawings CompetitionThe Holland Prize, open to both students and professionals, is awarded to the best single-sheet measured drawing of a HABS, HAER, or HALS site.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 Scans: the Pros and Cons of Using Laser Scanning for Heritage DocumentationLearn More...