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Standards and Guidelines for
Preservation Planning


Preservation Planning
Standards & Guidelines

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NOTE: These Standards and Guidelines are part of Archeology and Historic Preservation: Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines, which appeared in the Federal Register, September 29, 1983 (48FR44716). Also included are standards and guidelines for identification, evaluation, registration, treatment, and documentation. Visit the entire set of Standards and Guidelines. Use your browser's "Back" button to return to this page.


[Note: The sources that were listed when the Standards were published in 1983 are no longer available. The following represents more up-to-date information.]

Most of the following publications are available on-line, as noted, or information for ordering can be found on the web site listed. For related publications, check Heritage Preservation Services' Historic Preservation Planning Web Site.

Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning. (formerly National Register Bulletin 24) by Anne Derry, H. Ward Jandl, Carol D. Shull, and Jan Thorman; revised by Patricia L. Parker, 1985.

Places the development and use of historic contexts in broader survey, evaluation, planning, and decision-making arena. Available on-line.

Preparing a Historic Preservation Plan. (Planning Advisory Service Report No. 450) By Bradford J. White and Richard J. Roddewig, 1994.

Describes components that are important in a good preservation plan and explains how several communities have carried out preservation planning activities. Available from the American Planning Association, 122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60603-6107; (312) 786-6344; or visit the American Planning Association's Web site.

"Preservation Planning: Ensuring a Future for Our Past" edited by Susan L. Henry Renaud, CRM magazine, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, vol. 23, no. 7, 2000. Available on-line.

Protecting Archeological Sites on Private Lands. By Susan L. Henry, with Geoffrey M. Gyrisco, Thomas H. Veech, Stephen A. Morris, Patricia L. Parker, and Jonathan P. Rak.

Provides useful information on strategies for protecting archaeological sites in local communities. An on-line update of this book, Strategies for Protecting Archeological Sites on Private Lands, is available on-line.

Reaching Out, Reaching In: A Guide to Creating Effective Public Participation in State Historic Preservation Planning. By Barry R. Lawson, Ellen P. Ryan, and Rebecca Bartlett Hutchison, 1993.

Describes an approach for designing public participation programs for State Historic Preservation Office preservation planning, with a mini-case study from the Maryland Historical Trust; may also be applicable in local community preservation planning settings. Available only on-line.

Taking Command of Change: A Practical Guide for Applying the Strategic Development Process in State Historic Preservation Offices. By Douglas C. Eadie, 1995.

Describes a strategic planning approach designed to provide practical guidance to SHPOs in managing growth and change. Available only on-line.

In addition, contact your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Each SHPO Office has prepared a list of historic context titles, many, if not all, of which may have been developed and might be available. Some SHPO Offices have developed guidelines for preparing historic contexts for their states. For a list of State Historic Preservation Offices, check the Historic Preservation Grants web site, or visit the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers web site.

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