Heritage Documentation Programs
1 Historic American Buildings Survey 2 Historic American Engineering Record 3 Historic American Landscapes Survey 4 Library of Congress 5 See also 6 References 7 External links
Historic American Buildings Survey
HABS photograph and drawing First Bank of the United States
In 1933, NPS established the Historic American Buildings Survey
following a proposal by Charles E. Peterson, a young landscape
architect in the agency. It was founded as a constructive make-work
program for architects, draftsmen and photographers left jobless by
the Great Depression. Guided by field instructions from Washington,
D.C., the first HABS recorders were tasked with documenting a
representative sampling of America's architectural heritage. By
creating an archive of historic architecture, HABS provided a database
of primary source material and documentation for the then-fledgling
historic preservation movement. Earlier private projects included the
White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs, many contributors to
which later joined the HABS program.
Notable HABS photographers include Jack Boucher, who worked for the
project for over 40 years.
Historic American Engineering Record
The Historic American Engineering Record program was founded on
January 10, 1969, by NPS and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
HAER documents historic mechanical and engineering artifacts. Since
the advent of HAER, the combined program is typically called
"HABS/HAER". Today much of the work of HABS/HAER is done by student
teams during the summer, or as part of college-credit classwork. Eric
DeLony headed HAER from 1971 to 2003.
Historic American Landscapes Survey
In October 2000, NPS and the American Society of Landscape Architects
established a sister program, the Historic American Landscapes Survey,
to systematically document historic American landscapes. A
predecessor, the Historic American Landscape and Garden Project,
recorded historic Massachusetts gardens between 1935 and 1940. That
project was funded by the Works Progress Administration, but was
administered by HABS, which supervised the collection of records.
Library of Congress
The permanent collection of HABS/HAER/HALS are housed at the Library
of Congress, which was established in 1790 (and reestablished after
the disastrous fire of 1814 in
Jack Boucher, former HABS/HAER photographer Jet Lowe, former HAER photographer National Register of Historic Places
^ HABS No. PA-1417, "First Bank of the United States", 7 photos, 3 color transparencies, 18 measured drawings, 3 photo caption pages ^ "Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey". Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
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"HAER: 30 Years of Recording Our Technological Heritage". IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology. 25 (1). 1999. JSTOR i40043493. "Documenting Complexity: The Historic American Engineering Record and America's Technological History". IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology. 23 (1). 1997. JSTOR i40043489.
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