Preservation Office Website Search Tool
(Including Global Searches of
National Register Nominations)
Note: For quicker access you can save
this html file to
your desktop or folder of choice and click to open directly with your
Use this search tool to find
keywords globally across all documents posted on the NC
reports. You also
may limit your search to National Register nominations or survey
reports only. This
is especially useful
examples for contexts, other works by the same architect, places
related to specific individuals or themes, etc.
Enter a keyword or string of words
and click Site Search. A page will
open with a list of links to PDFs and other documents containing the
your Back button to return to this page.
Select one or the other of
the boxes. Selecting two will search the lower box checked. Selecting
none will search the entire web.
Many PDFs of older nominations were scanned from poor quality
photocopies (the originals are with NPS), and optical character
recognition may not work
perfectly in those nominations, so there is no guarantee you'll find
everything. But you can find a lot. Recently posted nominations and
reports may not yet have been discovered by Google, but you can search
them one at a time with your PDF reader, opening them from http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/NR-PDFs.html
If you search on a string of words,
placing them within quotes will limit the results to that specific
string. Thus "Frank Pierce Milburn"
architect's name is written in full. Searching simply on Frank
Pierce Milburn (without quotes) will find those documents that
three words in any order or sequence anywhere in the document.
Searching on Milburn alone
find Frank Milburn, Frank P. Milburn, F.P. Milburn, Milburn
& Heister, etc. -- and of course "George Milburn" and every other
occurance of Milburn -- but you'll be surer of finding every possible
instance of Frank.
If your keyword is likely to appear often as a string within longer
words, type the word in quotes with a space before the first letter.
Thus " arbor" will find arbor
but not harbor or Scarborough.
To indicate a word to exclude from results, include it in the search
with a minus sign in front. Thus searching on
Georgian -Revival will exclude
documents with the string "Georgian Revival" but otherwide keep all
with "Georgian". But it will also exclude those nominations that
use the word "revival" in some other context elsewhere in the document.
More tips for Google searches may
be found here and here.
If questions, contact Andrew Edmonds.
N.C. State Historic Preservation Office