How to Complete a Landscape Documentation Project Documentation of Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) sites are critical to preserving historical landscapes for the benefit of future generations and can provide rationale for the planning and funding of future landscape preservation efforts. Documentation projects can be completed by any interested individuals or organizations. The HABS/HAER/HALS collection is one of the largest and well-organized
architectural archives in the world. Standardization of format is one of
the highlights of HALS.
The following links will provide information on preparing HALS Histories:
HALS Short FormHALS 101: The Historic American Landscapes Survey brochurePreparing a HALS History brochureHALS Short Form History TemplateHALS Historical ReportsHALS Historical Reports GuidelinesHALS Drawings GuidelinesHALS Photography GuidelinesTransmitting Documentation
For questions regarding these guidelines, please contact:Paul Dolinsky, Chief, Historic American Landscapes SurveyOther information:
Current State Historic Preservation OfficersState Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO) play a critical role
carrying out many responsibilities in historic preservation. Surveying,
evaluating and nominating significant historic buildings, sites,
structures, districts and objects to the National Register is one such
key activity. To help find out if a historic place meets the National
Register criteria and how the nomination process works in your state,
contact the appropriate SHPO below for assistance.
Sample letters to request HALS assistance
Search the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Library of Congress