How to Find our Files
National Archives (NARA): Holds our records up to the end of 2012.
The National Archives is the permanent home of our records and everything 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.
Name search: You can also do a name search. Follow this link to NARA and replace the name of the property.
Search by state:
Use the finding aids for each state and territory in the National Archives Catalog. Select your state and click on “Search Within this File Unit.”
Search by Keyword:
Each individual file has text recognition. In addition NARA's search engine will allow you to search across all pdfs for instances of the word/phrase. Sample searches: Rachel Carson, Trail of Tears, Bridges in Texas
National Register of Historic Places NPGallery Database:
Some files that are not on NARA's website are in NPGallery. Properties listed since 2013 will be posted to NPGallery soon.
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.
- Spatial Data (GIS)
- Spreadsheets of the most common searches.
About National Register Documentation:
Since its inception in 1966, more than 95,000 properties that Americans believe are worthy of preservation 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
Last updated: June 6, 2019