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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 Student Summer Employment with HABS, HAER, and HALSWork as an architect, landscape architect, or historian on a documentation project for 12 weeks this summer. Applications are due March 10, 2017.Learn more...
    • Reminder: Apply for the Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Internship with HAERWork as an architect or historian on a Historic American Engineering Record maritime documentation project this summer. Applications are due February 28, 2017.Learn more...
    • Enter the 2017 Leicester B. Holland Prize ContestThe Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of a historic building, site, or structure prepared to HABS, HAER, or HALS standards. Entry forms are due by April 30, 2017.Learn more...
    • Enter the 2017 Charles E. Peterson Prize ContestThe Peterson Prize recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students. Entry forms are due by June 1, 2017.Learn more...
    • Enter the 2017 HALS Challenge: Documenting City and Town ParksFor the 8th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document a historic city or town park. Entries are due July 31, 2017.Learn more...
    • Milwaukee PBS News SegmentMilwaukee PBS's 10thirtysix program aired a story on January 20, 2017, about our new staff photographer, Jarob J. Ortiz, who is a Milwaukee native. Watch the interview to learn about our programs and his work.10thirtysix on YouTube [external link]
    • Two More Covered Bridges Designated National Historic LandmarksOhio's Eldean Bridge and Indiana's West Union Bridge are now National Historic Landmarks. The National Covered Bridges Recording Project worked to document these bridges for HAER and nominate them as NHLs.Learn more...
    • CBS News SegmentCBS This Morning aired a story on December 13, 2016, about our new staff photographer, Jarob J. Ortiz. See the interview (and some of his work at Ellis Island) in the video.CBS News website [external link]
    • Online Exhibit Celebrates the National Historic Preservation ActWe've created an interactive map to celebrate historic preservation and the fiftieth anniversary of NHPA. We will add a new state to the map each week from November 2015 to November 2016. This week we feature the U.S. Virgin Islands.Learn more...
    • New Virtual Tour & Fly-through: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery & MemorialWe are pleased to announce our new fly-through and virtual tour of this World War I cemetery in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.Learn more...
    • Facebook Live Broadcast from Ellis IslandA field team of HABS architects (including some of our summer staff) did a Facebook Live broadcast from Ellis Island on August 11. Watch the recording to see hand-measuring and laser scanning in action, plus learn about the history of this important place.Visit our Facebook page.
    • Virtual Tour: Ellis Island The Historic American Buildings Survey is working on a multiyear project to document Ellis Island. Take a virtual tour of areas on Ellis Island that aren't open to the public. Learn more...
    • National Covered Bridges Recording ProjectThe Historic American Engineering Record and the Federal Highway Administration maintain a joint research and technology program for historic covered bridges.Learn more...
    • New Virtual Tour: Santa Susana Field LaboratoryWe are pleased to announce our new virtual tour of the the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, which once served as a proving grounds for numerous Air Force and NASA rocket engines and components.Learn more...
    • HDP Presents Animated Fly-throughs of Historic Sites Heritage Documentation Programs has produced fly-through videos for a number of recently documented historic sites, including the U.S.S. Cairo at Vickburg National Military Park and the historic stairs at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Learn more...
    • HABS Guide to Field DocumentationThis Field Guide offers step-by-step instructions about how to observe, take field measurements, and create field notes and a short-form report about a historic site or structure to HABS standards. Learn more...
    • Producing HABS/HAER/HALS Measured Drawings from Laser ScansThe pros and cons of using laser scanning for heritage documentation.Learn More...