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Heritage Documentation Programs


Heritage Documentation Programs administers the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and its companion programs: the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. The HABS/HAER/HALS Collection is housed at the Library of Congress.

 

Latest News

    • Apply for 2023 Summer Internships We invite students and recent graduates to apply for summer internships with HDP. Positions are available for student architects, landscape architects, and historians. Applications are due March 6, 2023. Learn more...
    • Apply for the 2023 Latino Heritage Internship Program The Historic American Buildings Survey invites students to apply for the 2023 Latino Heritage Internship Program. During the 10-week internship, two student architects will help document a site related to Bracero history. Applications are due February 6, 2023. Learn more...
    • Winner of the 2022 Leicester B. Holland Prize We are pleased to announce the winner and honorable mention for the 2022 Leicester B. Holland Prize for the best single-sheet measured drawing. Learn more...
    • Winners of the 2022 HALS Challenge: Olmsted Landscapes We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 HALS Challenge for the best documentation of cultural landscapes in HALS short-format historical reports. Learn more...
    • Winners of the 2022 Charles E. Peterson Prize We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Charles E. Peterson Prize for the best set of measured drawings prepared by a student team. Learn more...
    • New Virtual Tour: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a striking feature along North Carolina's Outer Banks. Heritage Documentation Programs created a virtual tour and animated fly-throughs of this iconic lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Learn more...
    • HDP Has Virtual Tours of Historic Sites around the Country (and the World)Would you like to explore someplace beyond your immediate horizon? Check out HDP's many virtual tours. We also have point cloud animations, virtual 3D mesh models, and story maps.Go on a virtual tour...