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Search for National Historic Landmark Nominations


Via the NPS Focus database, you can search for finalized nominations for National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) and properties on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Please see below for guidelines about how to best search the database and the link to Focus.

Note: The Focus database is no longer being updated. If you cannot find a nomination for a property that you know is an NHL, please check our lists of NHLs by state to find the nomination.


Screenshot of Focus database


Before you begin your search, please read the following tips about how to search the database:

  • Type a minimum of keywords into the "Resource Name" field. The more general your search term, the more successful you'll be at finding the property you are looking for. Entering a keyword and selecting a state from the drop down menu usually suffices to locate a nomination.
  • The name of the National Historic Landmark may be different than that used for the National Register of Historic Places listing. This is due to an incompatibility between our program database and the NPS Focus database. For example, the Robert R. Moton House (NHL), is listed as Holly Knoll on the National Register of Historic Places. Keep this in mind as you are searching for a particular nomination.
  • You can distinguish whether you're looking at the NHL or NRHP nomination by looking at the URL address provided for the documentation in the results page. An NHL nomination will have a URL as follows: http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/66000833.pdf. Note that the url has "NHL" as part of its address.

Now that you have read about how to find NHL nominations online, please visit the NPS Focus website.