Status of our collection:
We are currently digitizing our records. This has led us to splitting the collection into two parts:
1966-2012 and 2013-present.
Research Properties listed from 1966-2012 in 2 ways:
• Our Database (Focus) - which contains many digitized records.
click here to see what properties (by state) in Focus have been digitized
Research Properties listed from
2013-present properties (fully digitized)
Geographical (GIS) Data
How to best find:
Multiple Property Covers:
Most MPS Covers have been scanned: use the MPS spreadsheet to find the reference number, then use the advanced search feature in Focus to search by reference number.
National Historic Landmark Files:
NHL properties are automatically listed in the National Register of Historic Placees. Most NHL files have been scanned and are in Focus. The NHL website has a page that gives helpful tips on finding the NHL file in Focus. This page on the NHL website
National Park Service Properties:
Most NPS Properties have been scanned and are in Focus. You can search by Park name.
If an address is listed:
You can do an address search in the spreadsheet (for properties listed from 1966-2012) and in the weekly list search engine for new properties. Many properties are within historic districts. You can look for likely districts based on the address field in the spreadsheet. You can also try looking at the GIS data we have.
Determinations of Eligibility:
DOEs have not been scanned. You can download a spreadsheet of Federal DOEs from the Download Center in Focus
About National Register Documentation:
Since its inception in 1966, more than 88,000 properties have been listed in the National Register. Together these records hold information on more than 1.4 million individual resources--buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects--and therefore provide a link to the country's heritage at the national, state, and local levels.
The Documentation consists of
• National Register registration form, which provides a physical description of the place, information about its history and significance, and a bibliography.
• Photographs - Use of photographs and forms is available under Fair Use, see our Content and Copyright page for more information
Other ways to research our collection:
• Visit our archives. Open Monday through Friday 9:00am to noon. For security reasons, an appointment is necessary to access our building. To schedule an appointment please contact Jeff Joeckel: 202-354-2225 or e-mail
• Many State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) have digitized their files and put them online. The depth of information available varies from state to state, but ranges from basic locational information to searchable databases with downloadable narrative descriptions and photos. You can check their websites to see if they have the information you need. List of SHPOs extended information.
• Request copies of individual nominations either via e-mail please include your mailing address and the property name, county, and state. or postal mail:
National Register of Historic Places
National Park Service
1849 C St., NW (MS 2280)
Washington, DC 20240
Please note, due to irradiation of USPS mail in Washington, DC, we recommend sending official correspondence to us by direct or overnight mail at the following address:
1201 Eye St., NW
8th Floor (MS 2280)
Washington, DC 20005