Digital technologies have dramatically changed
the way the world collects, stores, evaluates, and distributes
most of these changes are beneficial (or at least have the
potential to be), they require learning new skills -- and
sometimes relearning them as new technologies emerge.
The following pages are posted by the North
Carolina State Historic Preservation Office for the benefit of
staff, survey consultants, and nomination preparers:
and Historic Property Surveys
photography offers advantages in speed and cost savings for
historic property surveys and National Register work, but it
also places new photo management responsibilities on the
Guidelines: Digital Photography for
Historic Property Surveys and National Register
a Survey: Survey Manual, Field Form, and Database
. Minimum standards for
equipment and images sizes; naming photos for surveys and
nominations; submitting photographs on CDs.
Working with Digital
. An overview of digital
photography and software for editing and managing digital
photographs; photo size and resolution for prints and screen
presentations; using software to batch rename photos and to
print labeled proof sheets.
HPO Photography Fee Schedule
digital photographic services provided by the HPO photo lab. .
HPO Photo Lab Order Form
to print out and fill in by
hand, or the Word Version
out on your computer.
Use of the new Access survey
database is required for county and municipal historic
property surveys, survey updates, and historic district
National Register nominations. It is not required, expected, or desired for
individual property nominations or for Study List
. HPO staff will prepare a
customized database for your project that will include
existing data for surveyed properties within your study area
and default values and drop-down pick lists for selected
fields to speed data entry.
To download the following PDF files to your computer, right
click on the link and select "Save Link Target As" (in IE).
Or, left click to open the file, then save to your computer.
North Carolina Architectural
Survey Manual: Practical Advice for Recording Historic
(November 2008; PDF format)
Generic Survey Database
Mapping and HPOWEB Online Map Service
in Access. This is a
Dropbox link to an empty "shell" Access database that can be
used for projects with small numbers of newly surveyed
properties. Projects with previously surveyed properties that
are being updated and/or have many newly surveyed properties
should request a custom shell database from HPO staff.
NCHPO Survey Database Data
(PDF format). Line-by-line
instructions for using the Access survey database.
NCHPO Survey Field Form
format). A one-sheet field data entry form for field
data entry that corresponds to the field structure of the
Access database. This replaces the old four-page "yellow
form" formerly used in surveys. This form is optional.
may design and use your own customized form for your project.
NCHPO Survey Field Form
(PDF format). Instructions and
guidance for using the one-sheet field data entry form.
The North Carolina historic
property survey is mapped in GIS and viewable online as HPOWEB
At the present time, virtually all properties and districts
with some sort of official designation (National Register,
Study List, Determined Eligible, or Local Landmark/District
designation) have been mapped. In addition, most of the
state's rural surveys have been mapped. Mapping of urban
surveys, including individual properties within National
Register districts, is in progress.
ArcGIS users may wish to make use of HPO Web Mapping Services
to display HPO features within ArcMap. The data is updated
daily and is always current as of the previous day's
reconciliation and post.
The HPO will extract historic feature shapefiles to provide to
other agencies and qualified professional consultants, with
the caveat that as we add and refine data on a daily basis,
extracted shapefiles quickly become outdated. For more
information, contact Michael Southern, GIS coordinator, email@example.com
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