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National Register of Historic Places Program: Research -
Data Downloads

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

Spatial Data (GIS)

Download the spatial data (zip file - 60MB)

The National Park Service Cultural Resources GIS program has created spatial data from the unrestricted National Register of Historic Places database (NRIS) inventory in a file geodatabase format using ESRI’s ArcMap 10.0.  The data model is structured in compliance with NPS Cultural Resources Spatial Data Transfer Standards.  More detail on the model and these standards can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/standards/index.htm

Use of this information in meeting a federal agency’s responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act does not in itself constitute compliance with Section 106, which requires agencies to consult with the appropriate State and/or Tribal Preservation Offices in the identification and evaluation of historic properties.

Users should be aware that many points and polygon boundaries require some level of correction.  In general, this dataset contains modest corrections to the coordinates contained in the NRIS with reference to some of the point data.  In many cases, polygon boundaries may appear incorrect due to minor errors in the database.  It is our intent to be able to address these errors and improve the quality of the spatial data over time.
Users who do not have licensed GIS software available to them may view the data using ESRI’s free ArcGIS Explorer Desktop tool.  This program can be downloaded here:
http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer

This dataset represents the contents of the available coordinates for unrestricted National Register properties as of December 2012.  A schedule of updates will be posted in the near future.

Spreadsheets:

National Register of Historic Places Properties Listed/Removed 1966-2012

Multiple Property Cover Documents spreadsheet - available from the Download Center of Focus

Federal Determinations of Eligibility - available from the Download Center of Focus