Historic American Buildings Survey/
Historic American Engineering Record Collection (HABS/HAER)
In 1987, the National Park Service, in coordination with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission, began an initiative to inventory historic sites in Southwestern PA. The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), both of which form a division of the Park Service, began this multi-year historical and architectural documentation project in order to identify surviving historic engineering works and industrial resources in the region.
The results of these inventories have been published by HABS/HAER through the Commission, and are available to the public (a complete set of these publications can be found in MG 75 ). The measured drawings and the large-format photographs produced during this process have been deposited in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress in Washingtong, D.C. The remaining research material has been retained at IUP. This material includes the 35mm photographs taken by the HABS/HAER teams, some research notes and correspondence associated with the project, and maps and blueprints of regional sites and buildings.
*** A searchable database of HABS/HAER photographs is available at the HABS/HAER web site.
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