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 National Register Bulletin How to Complete the National Register Registration Form

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Document each property within a multiple property submission on a separate registration form (NPS 10-900). Each property will be listed individually in the National Register. (Note: While a district may be one of the types of property within a multiple property group, it is by definition an individual property not a multiple property group.)

Registration forms for properties may be completed at the same time as the multiple property documentation form, or any time thereafter. One of the major reasons for grouping properties together for listing is to reduce the amount of documentation on each property. This applies particularly to information about methodology, bibliography, and historic context that relates to the group as a whole. Common information is discussed once in the multiple property documentation form (NPS 10-900-b) and can be simply referenced in the individual registration forms.

Follow the instructions in Chapter III to complete these forms, noting the shortcuts listed in this chapter. Applicants should also consult with the SHPO or FPO when documenting a property within a multiple listing.

See the instructions for completing the multiple property form in National Register Bulletin 16B: How to Complete the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form for an explanation of property types and registration requirements.


When naming the property, select a name that is different from that of other properties in the multiple property group . If necessary, differentiate similar names by adding a number, the location, or some other descriptive term.

World War II Japanese Fortification--Site 2

United States Post Office--Main Branch


The appropriate certifying and commenting officials sign each registration form. (See Appendix VIII.)


Enter the name of the multiple property listing to which the property belongs.

Port Huron Multiple Properties

Historic Archeological Resources of the Iron Industry on the Westland Highland Rim


Identify the physical features that identify the property as a member of its property type. Describe also additional features that make it unique or distinctive. When discussing the property's historic and current condition, address any alterations, additions, disturbances, or other changes that affect the property's representation of its property type.


For most properties within a multiple property listing, a summary paragraph is sufficient. The paragraph identifies the themes or historic contexts for the property and provides specific facts about the property's history and condition that link it to the historic contexts and property types documented on the multiple property documentation form. The more specific the registration requirements are in the multiple property form, the shorter and simpler the statement of significance will be.

In the summary paragraph:

  • Identify the historic contexts and property types represented by the property. (These should correspond to those documented on the multiple property form.)

  • Provide facts relating the property to each historic context and showing that the property possesses the physical or associative characteristics required for listing as a member of its property type.

  • Discuss how the property meets the National Register criteria and any criteria considerations as a member of its property type.

Additional paragraphs should:

  • Discuss any additional significance, mentioning other historic contexts, themes, or areas of significance related to the property.

  • Provide background information linking the property with the prehistory or history of the geographical area where the property is located, if this is not covered in the multiple property form.

  • Discuss any reasons why a property not meeting the registration requirements for its property type merits listing in the National Register. (For example, upon further information the registration requirements should be revised, or, under certain conditions, some of the requirements should be waived.)


Cite only sources specifically relating to the property being documented. Cite sources relating to the group as a whole on the multiple property form.


Provide a complete set of geographical data with each completed form.



A single USGS quadrangle map may be used to indicate the location of several properties. Also, a single tax map or other large area map may be used as a sketch map or in place of a verbal boundary description for more than one property.


Submit one or more photographs with each registration form. Photographs must illustrate the characteristics that relate the property to its property type, as well as depict its overall character and condition.


Label and number continuation sheets for each registration form separately from the multiple property form and each other. Include the name of the multiple property listing with the property's name and location. Do not combine items for separate properties on a single continuation sheet.


Submit completed registration forms either separately or together as a group . This may be done at the same time or after the multiple property form is submitted.

When submitting a core group of properties with a multiple property form, include a continuation sheet listing the properties. Additional properties can be added to the multiple property listing at any time. Properties will be identified in the NRIS by the name of both the property and the multiple property listing.


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