Useful Survey Tools

THC Historic Resources Survey Packet

THC staff created a free Historic Resources Survey Packet that is available to anyone interested in conducting a historic resources survey. The Packet includes all of the presentations and documents listed below in addition to the THC-designed Access database survey template. The Packet is available for download upon request. To request a download link, please contact

In order to make a historic resources survey project easier for the professional consultants and volunteers alike, the THC created short PowerPoint presentations and other documents on survey topics.


  • How to Take Photographs for Historic Resources Surveys (video.wmv 46 MB, PowerPoint w/ audio 11.5 MB, or pdf format 2 MB).
  • Historic Resources Survey: a 10-minute presentation on what surveys are, why they are needed, and the typical levels of survey work (video.wmv 54 MB, PowerPoint w/ audio 15 MB, or pdf format 3.5 MB).
  • Evaluating Historic Resources for Significance and Integrity: an 11-minute presentation on how to evaluate historic resources (video.wmv 55 MB, PowerPoint w/ audio 30 MB, or pdf format 3.5 MB).
  • Architectural Details for Residential Buildings: a 13-minute presentation on architectural details for residences (video.wmv 86 MB, PowerPoint w/ audio 94 MB, or pdf format 8.2 MB).
  • Architectural Styles: Residential: a 15-minute presentation on residential architectural styles (video.wmv 86 MB or pdf format 12.3 MB).
  • Commercial and Civic Architecture: an 8-minute presentation on commercial and civic architectural types (video.wmv 46 MB, PowerPoint w/ audio 23 MB, or pdf format 4 MB).
  • Taking Stock of Treasure: Modern Architecture: a 12-minute presentation on modern architectural styles (video.wmv 73 MB, PowerPoint w/ audio 23 MB, or pdf format 4 MB).


Helpful links for conducting research for surveys: