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Survey and Inventory

Survey and Inventory: Fundamental to making informed preservation decisions is a cultural resource survey to help you identify and inventory historic properties.

Featured Survey Tools and Records
Statewide inventories Archaeology Survey Manual Standing Structures Survey Manual
Statewide Inventories

SHPO files on Minnesota's standing structures and prehistoric and historic archaeological sites cover all 87 counties.
Archaeology Survey Manual

Learn procedures for conducting an archaeological project in Minnesota. (pdf)
Standing Structures Survey Manual

This essential tool helps you conduct a survey of your community's cultural resources. (pdf)
Components of a Historic Context List of Multiple Property Documentation Forms
Components of a Historic Context

This document is a list of identified historic contexts. Complete historic context documents are available from the MnHPO. (pdf)
List of Multiple Property Documentation Forms

This document is a list of current Multiple Property Documentation Forms. Complete documents are available from the MnHPO. (pdf)
Historic Contexts

This essential tool helps you conduct a survey of your community's cultural resources. (pdf)
Minnesota Individual Property Inventory Form Minnesota Multiple Property Inventory Form
Minnesota Individual Property Inventory Form

This inventory form is used to record individual resources. Instructions for the completion of the form are provided in the Historic and Architectural Survey Manual. (pdf)
Minnesota Multiple Property Inventory Form

This inventory form is used to record historic districts and groups of related resources or complexes. Instructions for the completion of the form are provided in the Historic and Architectural Survey Manual.(pdf)