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Historic Preservation

Brief History and Overview of the Issues 

 "Historic Preservation," in: Encyclopedia of Architecture: Design, Engineering & Construction / edited by Joseph A. Wilkes. New York: Wiley, 1988.  

NA 31 E59 1988 vol. 1-5 ARCH Reference; ENGIN Reference 

 "Architectural Conservation and Restoration," in: The Dictionary of Art / edited by Jane Turner. New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 1996.

(Also see "Conservation and Restoration," and articles under specific materials such as brick, concrete, stone, and wood.)
N 31 D5 1996 vol. 1-34 ARCH Reference, FAL Reference, PCL Reference, UGL Reference 
Available online as: Grove Art Online.  

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Research Guides

All About Old Buildings: The Whole Preservation Catalog; / edited by Diane Maddex. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1985.

Covers a broad range of preservation information, from why preserve a place, to taking action, and funding the restoration. Includes bibliographies and contact information on topics from amusement parks to wineries and zoos. Case studies are also presented. 
NA 106 A44 1985 ARCH Reference, UGL Reference 

 Preservation Yellow Pages: The Complete Information Source For Homeowners, Communities and Professionals / National Trust for Historic Preservation; Julie Zagars, editor. Rev. ed. New York: Wiley; (Washington, D.C.): Preservation Press, 1997. 

Provides an excellent overview of architectural styles, preservation programs, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and books and periodicals on historic preservation. Lists names and addresses for local, state, national, and international agencies that work in partnership with the Trust.
E 159 P73 1997 ARCH Reference  

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National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States. Historic Preservation Plans; An Annotated Bibliography. Washington: The Preservation Press, 1976.  

A bibliography of preservation plans for some of the nation's largest cities to its smallest towns.
NA 9053 C6 N383 ARCH, PCL  

Tubesing, Richard. Architectural Preservation in the United States, 1941-1975: a Bibliography of Federal, State, and Local Government Publications. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978.
This bibliography is divided into nine parts by topic such as annual reports, historical preservation programs and plans, site registers and surveys, technology and audio-visual materials, and more. One section is devoted to historic site brochures and maps. 
NA 106 T83 ARCH Reference   

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Directories and Guidebooks

The Fifth Old House Catalog / compiled by Lawrence Grow. Pittstown, NJ: The Main Street Press, 1986.

Contains information on evaluated products and services available for restoration projects. 
TH 3411 G74 1986 ARCH 

Historical American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. America Preserved: a Checklist of Historic Buildings, Structures, and Sites. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 1995.
HABS/HAER collection documentation is listed by state, county, and city or nearest vicinity. Entries include the survey number and the types of documentation that have been recorded such as measured drawings, photographs, or history.
E 159 A37 1994 ARCH 

Historical American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. Historic America: Buildings, Structures, and Sites.
Contains pictures, drawings, and commentary on selected sites that have been documented in the Historic American Buildings Survey. Includes a complete checklist of buildings, structures, and sites documented by the fall of 1982. 
NA 705 H53 1983 ARCH Reference 

National Park Service. National Register of Historic Places 1966-1994: Cumulative List Through January 1, 1994. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1994.  Includes a brief description of the National Register and the criteria for evaluation. Historic places worth preserving are listed by state and county. 
E 159 N34 1994 ARCH

National Trust for Historic Preservation. Directory of Private, Nonprofit Preservation Organizations: State & Local Levels. Washington, D.C.: The Preservation Press, 1980.
Initial sources for this directory were compiled from other directories such as the Directory of Historical Societies and Agencies in the United States and Canada and the Official Museum Directory. Entries are listed by state and city.
E 151 N373 ARCH

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Periodical Indexes and Abstracting Services

Relevant journals articles are most easily found through periodical indexes. Because historic preservation is of interest to many disciplines and includes a wide range of subjects, don't limit your search to architectural indexes. The following is a selected list of indexes that will contain citations relevant for most topics.

InfoTrac OneFile, 1980 - present. (Gale Group)
Updated daily. Indexes articles from 6,000 periodicals (arts, humanities, science, social sciences and general news). Full-text articles (some with graphics) from 3,000 periodicals.

Business Source Complete, 1990 - present. (EBSCO)
Updated monthly. Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,680 (with 2,260 full text) scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting and international business.

Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts. New York: Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1966 - present.
Biannual. Provides abstracts for the international literature on conservation, including articles, reports, conference proceedings, books, and more. Covers technical aspects of the examination, analysis, restoration, and preservation of works of art and monuments having historic or artistic significance as well as the techniques applicable to the study and treatment of materials, including their physical and chemical properties.
AM 1 I5555 FAL Reference (1966-2002), ARCH Reference (1966, 1970-1992 only)   

Art Abstracts / Art Index Retrospective, 1929 (abstracts from 1994) - present. (H. W. Wilson)
Updated monthly. Indexes and abstracts articles and reproductions of artworks on art, archaeology, architecture, city planning, crafts, film, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, photography and related fields. Covers English-language journals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as journals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish.
Older issues also available in print as The Art Index.
NX 1 A1 A7883 ARCH Reference, FAL Index Tables, PCL Reference (1929-1992)   

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, 1930 (with selective coverage back to 1860) - present. (Eureka)
Updated daily. Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation, as well as architecture. International in scope.
Older issues also available in print. NA 25 C648 1973 v.1-15, suppls. 1973-1997 ARCH Reference



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Web-Based Resources  

Advisory Council on Historic PreservationAn agency that provides a forum for influencing U.S. Federal activities, programs, and policies as they affect historic resources. Provides information about the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  

American Cultural Resources AssociationThis is a professional business organization for people working in cultural resource management, history, archaeology, architectural history, historic preservation, and landscape architecture and related fields. Includes links to "current issues."
Canadian Heritage Information NetworkThe "electronic gateway to museum community in Canada and beyond." The "Research and Reference" section provides access to several databases, including Conservation Information Network (BCIN), Museology Bibliography (BMUSE), Curatorial and Historical Index of Publications, Heritage Law Bibliography, and more.  
Heritage Documentation Programs: HABS/HAER/HALS/CRGIS Provides information about the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, Historic American Landscapes Survey, and the  Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems programs and links to collection information, job & competition opportunities, news, projects, and more.   
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).An international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. ICOMOS provides a forum for professional dialogue and a vehicle for the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of information on conservation principles, techniques, and policies. Links to national committees, international scientific committees, news, and more.
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.An interdisciplinary effort by the National Park Service to enhance the art, craft, and science of preservation and conservation. Provides an online information clearinghouse, focusing on education, research, and information management.
National Parks Service. History Cultural Resources.Includes links to historic sites and structures, cultural resource programs and subjects, grants, educational programs, and more.
National Register of Historic Places.
Includes information about listing a property and a link to the National Register Information System (NRIS), a database that contains information on every property in the Register.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
This site provides comprehensive information about the Trust's programs and services. It links to National Trust Main Street, National Trust Forum Online, historic sites, grant information, event calendars and more.  
PreserveNet. PreserveNet is designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated Internet resources and current professional opportunities.
Texas Historical Commission. The Texas state agency for historic preservation. Includes links to current events, projects, news, and more.
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Burns, John A., Ed. Recording Historic Structures. Washington, D.C.: The American Institute of Architects Press, 1989.
This is a guide for preparing measured drawings, large-format photographs, and histories for inclusion in the joint HABS/HAER project, useful for those needing to understand requirements for documenting historic structures. 
CC 135 R4 1989 ARCH Reference, ARCH  
National Trust for Historic Preservation. Economic Benefits of Preserving Old Buildings. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1975.
A collection of conference materials presented by architects, planners, developers, and representatives of banks, financial institutions, and municipal, state, and federal government agencies. Includes case histories as well as practical advice for funding preservation projects and achieving profitability. 
E 159 E26 1975 ARCH  
Keune, Russell V., Ed. The Historic Preservation Yearbook: a Documentary Record of Significant Policy Developments and Issues. Bethesda, MD: Adler & Adler, 1984/85.
This book describes preservation policy disputes and their resolution. It also covers techniques for financing preservation and restoration. It was the first publication to document law and policy issues at the local, state, national, and international levels.
NA 105 H567 1ST 1984/85 ARCH Reference 
Williams, Jr., Norman, Edmund H. Kellogg, & Frank B. Gilbert, Eds. Readings in Historic Preservation: Why? What? How? New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1983.
This is a volume of collected writings addressing the principal problems involved in historical preservation. It reports on European and U.S. perspectives, threats to preservation, criteria for preservation, adaptive reuse, area planning, and effects on poor and minority communities.
NA 106 R4 1983 ARCH 
Simmons, H. Leslie. The Architect's Remodeling, Renovation, & Restoration Handbook. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989.
A guide for project architects. Lists cost effective methods and practices and provides sample paragraphs for specifications.
NA 106 S57 1989 ARCH  

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Construction, Repair, and Restoration  

Ashurst, John. ractical Building Conservation. Aldershot, England: Gower Technical Press, 1988.
This is a five-volume set of books containing technical advice on repairing, preserving, and maintaining specific types of materials. The advice comes from the staff of Research, Technical and Advisory Services of English Heritage. The materials covered include stone masonry; brick, terra cotta and earth; mortars, plaster, and renders; metals; and wood, glass, and resins. The fifth volume also includes a technical bibliography.
TH 3351 A84 1988 v. 1-5 ARCH Reference   
Beckmann, Poul. Structural Aspects of Building Conservation. London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1995.
This book presents general advice to architects on appraising procedures, inspections, and reporting on a building's structural condition. There are specific chapters for different types of building materials and recommendations on repair and strengthening techniques. The author is a lecture and teacher at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies in York, England and the International Centre for Conservation in Rome.
TH 3411 B43 1995 ARCH  
Feilden, Bernard M. Conservation of Historic Buildings. London & Boston: Butterworth Scientific, 1982.
Addresses the structural aspect of architectural conservation, describes the work of the conservation architect, the causes of building decay, and includes techniques for building repair. Provides a glossary of building terms and a bibliography.
NA 105 F44 1982 ARCH  
Stahl, Frederick A. A Guide to the Maintenance, Repair, and Alteration of Historic Buildings. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.
Addresses custodial care and maintenance for the interior and exterior of historic buildings. Also covers the common problems of deterioration or failure of building materials and systems. Prepared for use by Government Services Administration staff in the historic buildings.
NA 106 S73 1984 ARCH 

You'll find publications listed in The University of Texas online Library Catalog under the subject "buildings, repair and reconstruction". For specific features use the more specific terms such as "ceilings", "windows", or "wallpaper". For additional conservation literature consultArt and Archaeology Technical Abstracts

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Laws and Regulations  

National Trust for Historic Preservation. Preservation Law Reporter. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1982 - present.
This is a monthly report issued by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The primary focus of each issue is reports on state and federal court decisions related to historic preservation law. Recent articles related to preservation law appear in some issues.
KF 4310 A6 P7 ARCH Reference 

Kass, Stephen L, Judith M. LaBelle, & David A. Hansell. Rehabilitating Older and Historic Buildings: Law, Taxation, Strategies. 2nd Ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993. 

Developers, non-profit organizations, accountants, lawyers can use this book, and others involved in rehabilitating historic or older buildings. Helps identify project benefits and helps avoid or reduce the risk of potential pitfalls. Appendix D contains a copy of theSecretary's Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings and Interpretations of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
KF 4310 K37 1993 ARCH Reference  

When searching The University of Texas online Library Catalog, add the terms "--law and legislation" or "--law and legislation--United States" to your subject search. 

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Regional Surveys   

Drury, John. Historic Midwest Houses. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1947.
Presents an historical and biographical view of eighty-seven houses in twelve mid-western states. Black and white photographs and a one to two page history are provided for each structure.
E 159 D7 ARCH 
Greiff, Constance M. Lost America - From the Atlantic to the Mississippi. New York: Weathervane Books, 1971.
This is a book of photographs and drawings of architecturally interesting buildings and structures that have been lost due to decay, vandalism, fire, or demolition. The photos and drawings were submitted to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by several hundred historical and preservation groups. 
E 159 G72 ARCH  
Highsmith, Carol M. and Ted Landphair. America Restored. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1994.
Commentary and color photographs of the results of preservation efforts across America. A wide variety of restoration projects are presented from houses, riverboats, and railway depots to theaters, street clocks and circus wagons. Includes a suggested reading list.
E 159 H65 1994 ARCH  

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Fire Insurance Maps from the Sanborn Map Company Archives, Late 19th century to 1990, Texas / general editor Bruce M. Stave.
Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1992. 18 microfilm reels.
"An alphabetical list of the communities of this state represented in this collection with reel numbers indicated is filmed at the beginning of each reel."
FILM 20,906 Center for American History
Some maps also available online as Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970. 
Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. Reference and Bibliography Section. Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress: Plans of North American Cities and Towns Produced by the Sanborn Map Company: A Checklist. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1981.
A list of maps available in the Library of Congress. Microfilm copies can be ordered via Interlibrary loan if not available at UT. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
HG 9771 L547 1981 Center for American History, PCL Map Collection  
Oswald, Diane L. Fire Insurance Maps: Their History and Applications. College Station, Tex.: Lacewing Press, 1997.
A history of the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps and a guide to their use. Includes bibliographical references and index. 
HG 9771 O85 1997 PCL Map Collection  

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Gardens, Landscapes, and Urban Areas  

Larkham, Peter J. Conservation and the Changing Urban Landscape. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1992.
Covers several issues related to changes in urban sites that are identified as historic areas. Discusses the nature of and the pressure for changes at selected British sites. Includes a bibliography.
HT 166 P7655 V.37 Pt. 2 ARCH  
Scott, Frank J. Victorian Gardens, Part I: Suburban Home Grounds. Watkins Glen, NY: American Life Foundation, 1982.
This is a reprint of Scott's 1870 book The Art of Beautifying Suburban Home Grounds. It includes drawing and illustrations of Victorian gardens and provides instructions for laying out, planting, and maintaining decorated grounds. SB 473 S4 1982 Pt. 1 ARCH  
Strong, Roy C. Small Period Gardens: A Practical Guide to Design and Planting. NY: Rizzoli, 1992.
Covers several historical periods from 1420 through the 1940's. Filled with colorful photographs and drawings. Contains a historical plant list, a bibliography, and an index. 
SB 473 S848 1992 ARCH  

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Subject Searches

Effective subject searches in the Avery Index or other periodical indexes include:

Architecture--conservation and restoration
Historic buildings
Landmark buildings
Historic districts
Historic gardens
Historic landscapes
Historic preservation

The subject "historic preservation" is not effective when searching The Library Catalog for books. The following subject headings will produce better results:

Architecture--conservation and restoration
Architecture, domestic--conservation and restoration
Buildings, repair and reconstruction
Historic buildings--conservation and restoration
Historic buildings--United States--conservation and restoration
Monuments--conservation and restoration
Historic sites--law and legislation--United States
Cultural property, protection of

(Add geographic locations to these subjects to make your search more specific, e.g., historic farms -- Pennsylvania):
Historic districts
Historic gardens
Historic farms
Historic sites 

When you find a relevant citation, look at its detailed display in The Library Catalog to check for additional subject headings that may lead to additional resources. 

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Drawings and Photographs of Historic Sites

Thanks to a nationwide project called Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) thousands of historic buildings, structures, and sites have been documented through measured drawings, photographs, and histories. The documentation is kept in the Library of Congress but you can view the microfilm reels (FILM 19,153 ARCH). To find out more about the survey and the documentation process read Recording Historic Structures (CC 135 R4 1989 ARCH, ARCH Reference) edited by John A. Burns and the HABS/HAER staff of the National Park Service.

The Architecture and Planning Library also houses a large collection of architectural records in the Alexander Architectural Archive. The Archive contains over 250,000 drawings plus photographs, models, correspondence and other documentation representing thousands of projects in Texas as well as New York, Chicago, California, and Great Britain. The collection is available by appointment only. For more information see the collection's web site or search the collection’s inventories through the Texas Archival Resources Online

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