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Minnesota Historic Property Record Guidelines

Background

The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and their consultants have developed the Minnesota Historic Property Record (MHPR) in order to establish an archival format for the documentation of a historic property. These guidelines are primarily used by state and federal agencies when a historic property is demolished or otherwise adversely affected by a project.  A completed MHPR will usually include a historical narrative and large format photographs and negatives. The final report and photo documentation are housed in the manuscript collections of the Minnesota Historical Society.  A copy of the narrative is housed in the State Historic Preservation Office.

Abbreviated Table of Contents

Background
MHPR Background Data Form
Instructions for completing the Data Form
Level I Documentation
Narrative
Photographs
Major bibliographic references and/or information sources
Drawings and Plan Recordation
Interviews
Level II Documentation
Narrative
Photographs
Major bibliographic references and/or information sources
Addenda to MHPR Documentation

MHPR Guidelines PDF

Background Data Form (PDF)

Background Data Form Continuation Sheet (PDF)