Welcome to the Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) of the National Park Service. http://www.Facebook.com/HeritageDocumentationPrograms
Heritage Documentation Programs administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Documentation produced through the programs, and accessible through the Library of Congress, constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.
HDP conducts a nationwide documentation program in partnership with state and local governments, private industry, professional societies, universities, preservation groups, and other Federal agencies. The program assigns highest priority to sites of national significance that are in danger of demolition or loss by neglect, and to National Park Service properties. In addition to the summer recording program, documentation enters the Collection through mitigation activities under appropriate sections of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, submissions in prize competitions, and donations. The CRGIS Facility augments this nationwide documentation program by adapting GIS and GPS technologies to traditional activities of conducting survey, maintaining historic inventories, and undertaking documentation efforts. In support of these activities the CRGIS Facility provides leadership in developing, advancing, and disseminating GPS data dictionaries, GIS applications, training courses, and spatial and metadata standards for cultural resources. CRGIS is the NPS lead program to fulfill the NPS role under OMB Circular A-16 i.e. to develop the national spatial dataset for cultural resources.
Documentation provides a permanent record of the nation's most important historic sites and large-scale objects. The Collection is unique in the strong support it enjoys from its institutional sponsors and the public, and is distinguished in its national scope, consistent format, archival stability, and continued growth. The documentation also contributes to wider recognition and appreciation of historic resources as National Historic Landmarks; provides baseline documentation for rehabilitation and restoration; and makes available well-researched materials for interpretation and illustration. Not surprisingly, it is the most heavily-used collection at the Library of Congress' Division of Prints and Photographs. By converting traditional documentation products into digital produ
Measured Drawings, Written Historical Reports, and Large-format Photographs