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National Register of Historic Places Program: Research

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

 

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.

Status of our Database

Due to ongoing problem with our application software we are posting some downloadable MS Excel 2010 spreadsheets with links to the scanned nominations until the host application is replaced.  We hope you will find these easier to use.  

The search capabilities of our database are in the process of being replaced.  Until that happens we are offering downloadable MS Excel 2010 spreadsheets as finding aids which we hope you will find easy to use.  The three spreadsheets are current through late September of 2014.  While not all nominations have been digitized yet, we provide PDF links for the text and photos for those that have been digitized in our legacy collection which can be reached by clicking on the text or photo spreadsheet cell.  We have not yet digitized the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.  If you cannot follow a link to the documentation on a property it is because we have not digitized it yet or it is a “restricted” archeological site.  Due to their size, some PDFs will take a while to load. 

Listed properties on the National Register (over 90,000)

Spreadsheet of NRHP List

National Historic Landmarks on the National Register

Spreadsheet of NHLs

Multiple Cover Documents on the National Register

Spreadsheet of Multiple Property Covers

The sort order is by state, county and resource name or, in the case of multiples, by state and resource name.  Standard spreadsheet navigation tools allow you to
go to “Find and Select” in the upper right hand corner of the spreadsheet and using the find utility you can search for keywords such as “Fort”. The default search searches all columns but you can restrict a search to a given column by highlighting the column.  For example you can search for properties in Fairfax County, Virginia by highlighting the County column and searching for Fairfax. 

Additional resources on our site you can use, particularly for finding copies of recent nominations, can be found at

http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/weeklylistsearch.html

Many times individual states offer additional digitized information, which can be found at

http://www.nps.gov/nr/shpoinventories.htm

Almost two million pages of the PDF text and photos are word searchable in the Advanced Search in Google by going to

www.google.com/advanced_search and limiting the site or domain to the Focus server, pdfhost.focus.nps.gov and entering your search parameters.

 

Research Properties listed from
2013-2014 (fully digitized)

• 2013-2014 Weekly List Search Engine

 

Geographical (GIS) Data

• Now available from our Data_Download page

 

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 Places. 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. Spreadsheet of NHLs

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 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.

A little search trick with our database. For the files that are scanned, the url is the same except for the reference number at the end. So if you know the reference number (available from our spreadsheets) then you can go directly to the pdf.

text for National Register of Historic Places listings (this example is the Hinchliff Stadium in New Jersey)
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/04000223.pdf

photos for National Register of Historic Places listings:
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Photos/04000223.pdf

To go to any other file, simply replace the 8 digit reference number in the URL:
(change 04000223 to 04000388 to get Fort Lyon in Colorado)

Similar technique for National Historic Landmarks: :

Text for NHLs:
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/91002058.pdf

photos for NHLs:
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Photos/91002058.pdf

 

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

• Maps

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