National Register Database and Research

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

How to Find our Files

We are currently scanning our records. Unfortunately, until they are all scanned, they will be in three different places.

  1. National Archives (NARA): All of our records will eventually be in the National Archives.

    How to search NARA's holdings. The easiest way is if you know the reference number. (Available on our spreadsheet) Then follow this link to NARA And just replace the reference number with the one you want or the property name. You can also do a name search. Follow this link to NARA and replace the name of the property.

    Right now NARA has the states of:
    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada. New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming (and more will be added.)

    The National Archives does not contain the files from:
    American Samoa, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Guam, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Jersey, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands

  2. National Register of Historic Places NPGallery Database
    The states that are not available on NARA's website can usually be found here.

  3. Weekly List Search Engine for listings from 2013-2016

  4. If the file has not been posted online yet you can request a copy from us. Please include the name of the property, the state, and the reference number (or as much information as you know on the property). And e-mail the request to us at: Reference e-mail

Restricted files have not been posted online.

Five single family detached home in the Greenwood Park Plats Historic District
Greenwood Park Plats Historic District, Des Moines, Iowa

Photograph courtesy of Iowa State Historic Preservation Office

Map

You can see a map and do an address search of non-restricted listed properties in the National Register of Historic Places at:
https://www.nps.gov/maps/full.html?mapId=7ad17cc9-b808-4ff8-a2f9-a99909164466
The map prefers Google Chrome, and doesn't work well in Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Download Geographical (GIS) Data
Diver looking at Success Shipwreck
Diver looking at Success Shipwreck

Photograph courtesy of Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office

How to best find:

Multiple Property Covers:
You can use our MPS spreadsheet to find the name and reference number for each cover. Then you can search by reference number at NARA. Or search the NPGallery Database and select National Register Multiples (covers) as the "Record Category"

National Historic Landmark Files:
You can use the Spreadsheet of NHLs to find the name and reference number for each National Historic Landmark. Then you can search by reference number at NARA. Or search the NPGallery Database and select National Historic Landmark System as the "Record Category"

National Park Service Properties:
Most NPS Properties have been scanned and are in NPGallery. You can search by Park name.

If an address is listed:
You can do an address search in the spreadsheet, You can also search for addresses in our map.

Determinations of Eligibility:
DOEs have not been scanned yet . We do have a spreadsheet of Federal DOEs.

How to search text through multiple pdfs:
Each individual file has text recognition, in addition NARA’s search engine will allow you to search all of the pdfs for instances of the word/phrase. To search by phrase go to NARA’s website and replace the phrase as needed.

About National Register Documentation:

Since its inception in 1966, more than 92,000 properties have been listed in the National Register. Together these records hold information on more than 1.4 million individual resources--buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects--and therefore provide a link to the country's heritage at the national, state, and local levels.

The Documentation consists of

  • National Register registration form, which provides a physical description of the place, information about its history and significance, and a bibliography.
  • Photographs - Use of photographs and forms is available under Fair Use, see our Content and Copyright page for more information
  • Maps
Many State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) have digitized their files and put them on their websites. The depth of information available varies from state to state, but ranges from basic locational information to searchable databases with downloadable narrative descriptions and photos. You can check their websites to see if they have the information you need. List of SHPOs with extended information.

Request copies of individual nominations either via e-mail please include your mailing address and the property name, county, and state. or postal mail:

National Register of Historic Places
National Park Service
1849 C St., NW (MS 2280)
Washington, DC 20240

Mural "Parque Chicano" painted on pillar of San Diego-Coronado Bridge
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Last updated: December 7, 2018