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Peterson Prize: Rules & Recommendations

  • Students must perform all of the delineation or CAD drawing. Professors and advisors may provide guidance, but may not create any of the drawings.


  • Final submissions must be on standard-sized HDP media: 19x24, 24x36, or 34x44. Any submission using sheets of a non-standard size will not be accepted.


  • If using CAD, the title block must be the official HABS, HAER, or HALS title block, which will be provided upon receipt of the entry form. The lines of the title block may not be altered in any manner. Any submission using a non-standard title block will not be accepted. Even if a program has received the CAD title block for a previous project, a new title block must be requested for each new project.


  • Name and location information should be verified with the Peterson Prize Coordinator before being inked or plotted. The HABS, HAER, or HALS number should be left blank; this will be assigned in the HDP office upon receipt of the submission


  • HABS/HAER/HALS drawings are typically black line drawings. Color may be used for illustrative purposes, upon advance approval of the Peterson Prize Coordinator.


  • Because HABS/HAER/HALS drawings are in the public domain, participants who wish to use a copyrighted image (such as a photograph from a private collection) must obtain the necessary copyright release and include it with the submission of the drawings. Contact the Peterson Prize Coordinator to obtain the copyright release form.


  • CAD drawings must be plotted using a laser plotter. Inkjet plots are not considered archival, and will not be accepted.


  • CAD entries must include a CD or DVD of the CAD files.


  • Students should consult the HABS, HAER, and HALS Guidelines for information regarding each program's approach to the Short-Format Historical Report (typically 1-5 pages). All research and writing of the Historical Report must be undertaken by students. The Short-Format Historical Report should be submitted as a Microsoft Word File.


NOTE: HDP staff is available to provide preliminary review of Peterson Prize submissions for both drawings and historical reports. Please contact the Peterson Prize Coordinator if you wish to submit a draft set for review.