What is a Historic Property?
Resources to Assist in Determining if a Property is Eligible for the National Register
Numerous publications of the National Register are available to assist with evaluations on specific property types.
The ACHP offers guidance for determining which archaeological sites are significant.
Many states often have their own additional guidance for identifying and evaluating historic properties. The sampling below offers a general sense of what is available. Qualified professional archaeologists and historians will be familiar with applicable guidance in the state where the subject undertaking is proposed.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which was assigned FHWA’s Section 106 responsibilities under NEPA assignment, has detailed guidance in its manual that is designed for cultural resource specialists.
Maryland offers Guidelines for Compliance-Generated Determinations of Eligibility (DOEs). These include Standards and Guidelines for Archeological Investigations in Maryland and Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland. These detailed standards are intended for use by qualified professionals.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has completed eligibility documentation for the state’s historic bridges and made them all available on a website; each bridge has its own page and provides good examples of eligibility determinations.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation provides a webpage that includes a procedural manual and templates for use by qualified professionals when completing studies related to Section 106 compliance.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has a cultural resources web page that includes guidance for Historic Resources, Archaeology and Tribal Coordination. Guidance materials and sample documents are provided.
New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources (the state’s SHPO) has published Standards and Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in New Hampshire that includes sample report formats. These detailed standards are intended for use by qualified professionals and can be found on the agency’s webpage.
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