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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.

 

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    • Apply for the 2018 HBCU Summer Architect InternshipA summer architect position with HDP is available through the 2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship (HBCUI) Program. Applications are due February 10, 2018.Apply online [external link]
    • Enter the 2018 HALS Challenge: Memorialization, Commemorating the Great WarFor the 9th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document a World War I memorial site to honor the centennial of the end of World War I, the war to end all wars. Entries are due July 31, 2018.Learn more...
    • Enter the 2018 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 April 30, 2018, and completed entries are due June 30, 2018.Learn more...
    • Enter the 2018 Charles E. Peterson Prize ContestThe Peterson Prize recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS, HAER, or HALS standards and donated to HABS, HAER, or HALS by students. Entry forms are due June 1, 2018, and completed entries are due June 30, 2018.Learn more...
    • Apply for the 2018 Sally Kress Tompkins FellowshipThe application period for the 2018 Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship for architectural history is now open. Applications are due December 31, 2017.Learn more...
    • We've MovedOur Washington, DC, office moved to a different building in April 2017. Please note our new shipping address and new shipping restrictions. Our phone numbers remain the same.Learn more...
    • 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...
    • 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...