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Beth Grosvenor Boland
Historian: National Register of Historic Places

Photo caption: Sequoyah, also known as George Guess (ca. 1760-1843), inventor of the Cherokee alphabet: copy of lithograph in Mchenney and Hall's Indian Tribes of North America (Bureau of American Ethnology). Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), co-organizer of the first women's rights convention in the United States: copy of engraving by J.C. Buttre (from the collection of the Library of Congress).

Table of Contents


I. Introduction

II. Guidelines for Properties Associated with Significant Persons: Discussion and Examples

A. Significance Guidelines

1. Specific individuals must have made contributions or played a role that can be justified as significant within a defined area of American history or prehistory.

2. For properties associated with several community leaders or with a prominent family, it is necessary to identify specific individuals and to explain their significant accomplishments.

3. Contributions of individuals must be compared to those of others who were active, successful, prosperous, or influential in the same field.

4. Properties that were constructed within the last fifty years, or that are associated with individuals whose significant accomplishments date from the last fifty years, must possess exceptional significance to be listed in the National Register.

5. A property that is significant as an important example of an individual's skill as an architect or engineer should be nominated under Criterion C rather than Criterion B.

B. Association Guidelines

6. Significant individuals must be directly associated with the nominated property.

7. Eligible properties generally are those associated with the productive life of the individual in the field in which (s)he achieved significance.

8. Documentation must explain how the nominated property represents an individual's significant contributions.

9. Each property associated with someone important should be compared with other properties associated with that individual to identify those resources that are good representatives of the person historic contributions.

C. Methods and Integrity Guidelines

10. The significance of individuals, and their associations with a nominated property, must be substantiated through accepted methods of historical research and analysis.

11. A property must retain integrity from the period of its significant historic associations.

III. Appendices

A. Quick Reference List of Guidelines for Applying Criterion B

B. National Register Criteria for Evaluation

C. Recommended National Park Service Publications


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