June 22, 2001
The National Register
of Historic Places and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation
Officers (NCSHPO) cosponsored a one-day workshop at the NCSHPO annual meeting
on Sunday, March 25, 2001. We had a productive and insightful day. While this
workshop was for SHPO employees attending the NCSHPO meeting, it included information
that may be useful to Federal Preservation Officers, Tribal Preservation Officers
and for SHPO staff who did not attend.
Enclosed is a copy of a letter distributed
during the workshop that updates some policy issues, provides some perspective
on technical issues we are finding in our review of nominations, and includes
some reminders about miscellaneous items. Regarding the black and white photography
requirements, we are further investigating the archival stability issues of digital
photography and printing. We will update you as this investigation progresses
if new information surfaces that may alter our photograph requirements.
Regarding the plotting of UTM points, the USGS web site URL
given in the March 25 letter has apparently been retired by
the USGS web site. Alternatively, we have found the web site
to be helpful in plotting UTMs, and we now link our National
Register Information System (NRIS) database to this web site
via ours. Thus, through the "Location" search category and
the "Get a Map" option of the online NRIS database at www.nr.nps.gov,
users may now display a topographic map locating listed properties.
We hope that these materials will assist
us all in evaluating and facilitating the expeditious listing of properties in
the National Register.
Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places
Register, History and Education
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