This page is for National Register policy clarifications, handouts, white papers, and supplemental materials. More guidance (publications, forms, sample nominations, webinars) is available in our guidance section
Workshops / Initiatives / Policy Clarifications-White Papers / White paper drafts / Special Publications / Previous Materials / Webinars
The National Park Service has initiated a study of the nomination of landscapes to the National Register of Historic Places. The effort is called the “National Register Landscape Initiative” (NRLI). It involves a number of stakeholders in the National Register program, especially those with an interest or expertise in landscape issues. For a number of months they will be meeting by webinar to identify and discuss the issues that hinder or foster landscape nominations.
National Register Policy Clarifications / White Papers
From time to time, the Keeper of the National Register needs to issue a response to a policy question that has been raised about application of the criteria and other program requirements. When the Keeper issues such clarifications, they constitute an adjustment to or affirmation of the policy that applies. The Keeper's policy clarifications will be posted on the web site and may be incorporated into future publications.
• Guidance on How to Submit a Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places on Disk (pdf)
The National Register of Historic Places has accepted new technologies over the past few years including digital photographs and alternatives to the paper USGS maps. We are now accepting the nomination form in pdf format. Please read this guidance on how to submit a nomination on disk before sending. And let us know if you have any comments.
• GIS Map Guidance (pdf)
• Photograph updated (5/15/2013)
• Integrity Requirements for Settings and Locations of Locomotives and Other Rolling Stock
• National Register Eligibility of National Cemeteries – A Clarification of Policy
White Papers in draft format - open for comments
Listing TCPs on the National Register e-mail forum
The National Register "White Paper" Series
For many years, National Register bulletins have guided the preparation of National Register nominations. They have been a reliable resource, but as the program has matured, new issues have become apparent and some existing policies and practices need updating or clarification. In 2008, NPS staff launched an initiative to update and revise the bulletin series. As it contemplates revisions, NPS staff is beginning to address issues that have never been adequately discussed or that are often confusing. These issues are being explored in a series that will be known as the "National Register White Papers." Each white paper will be posted on the National Register website. After consideration of comments by State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Preservation Officers, and Federal Preservation Officers, some of the information in the white papers will be integrated into the revised on-line or print publications.
We encourage our preservation colleagues to review and comment on the white papers. Ultimately, the National Register wants to provide all preparers and reviewers with consistent guidance on preparing National Register nominations. The white papers are a step toward that goal. Consider them an opportunity to comment on the substance of the National Register program and contribute to its clarification.
Send comments via email to the author of the paper and he or she will discuss them with National Register colleagues and, in some cases, revise the white paper accordingly. The author is identified, with an e-mail address provided. The date on the paper indicates when it was last revised.
• NR White Paper: The Components of a Historic Context
• NR White Paper: Evaluating Common Resources for NR Eligibility
• NR White Paper: Evaluating the Significance of Additions and Accretions
• SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR’S REPORT To
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
In Accordance with Section 213 of the National Historic Preservation Act: Evaluation of the Proposed Mitigation Plans for the K-25 building on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation, Tennessee
• Draft of Public Housing Context - questions can be directed to Paul Lusignan
• Nantucket Sound Found Eligible for Listing in the National Register Decision(Cape Wind) and Cape Wind Comments of effects on NHLs October 22, 2009
• Turner Falls DOE Decision
• National Historic Property Inventory Initiative - - Final Report Released
Building Capacity to Preserve and
Protect Our Cultural Heritage
The goal of the report is to create a comprehensive inventory of historic properties through a multi-year plan that expands current inventories and makes them more compatible and
• National Register Review Checklists: items we look for when we review each nomination.
Technical Review Checklist / Substantive Checklist
• Existing Technical and Regulatory Requirements Reminders
• Manual for State Historic Preservation Review Boards (only available online)
"'Of Exceptional Importance': The Origins of the 'Fifty-Year Rule' in Historic Preservation." The Public Historian,Volume 29, no.2. © Spring 20074
Criteria Consideration A: Origins of the National Register Criteria Consideration for Religious Properties - article in Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture
Forum, Volume 16, Number 2, Fall 2009, pp. 1-15 by John Sprinkle (external link)