Built in America


This collection documents achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories.

Collections included are: the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Composed of a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies including examples as diverse as the Pueblo of Acoma, houses, windmills, one-room schools, the Golden Gate Bridge, and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Date Coverage: 

1933 - present


Access Notes

Important Details: 

Cite as the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

Organized according to survey name (HABS, HAER, or HALS) and then the geographic location of the structure. Arranged alphabetically by state, county, and city.

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Content last reviewed: August 5, 2020