North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office Website Search Tool

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office Website Search Tool
(Including Global Searches of National Register Nominations)

Note: For quicker access you can save this html file to your desktop or folder of choice and click to open directly with your default browser.

Use this search tool to find keywords globally across all documents posted on the NC website, including PDFs of most National Register nominations and architectural survey reports. You also may limit your search to National Register nominations or survey reports only. This is especially useful for searching for comparable examples for contexts, other works by the same architect, places related to specific individuals or themes, etc.

Enter a keyword or string of words and click Site Search. A page will open with a list of links to PDFs and other documents containing the word(s). Use your Back button to return to this page.


Select one or the other of the boxes. Selecting two will search the lower box checked. Selecting none will search the entire web.

Limitations: Many PDFs of older nominations were scanned from poor quality photocopies (the originals are with NPS), and optical character recognition may not work perfectly in those nominations, so there is no guarantee you'll find everything. But you can find a lot. Recently posted nominations and reports may not yet have been discovered by Google, but you can search them one at a time with your PDF reader, opening them from our list of NR nominations and our list of survey reports.

Search Tips:
If you search on a string of words, placing them within quotes will limit the results to that specific string. Thus "Frank Pierce Milburn" will find only those documents where the architect's name is written in full. Searching simply on Frank Pierce Milburn (without quotes) will find those documents that have all three words in any order or sequence anywhere in the document. Searching on Milburn alone will find Frank Milburn, Frank P. Milburn, F.P. Milburn, Milburn & Heister, etc. -- and of course "George Milburn" and every other occurance of Milburn -- but you'll be surer of finding every possible instance of Frank.

If your keyword is likely to appear often as a string within longer words, type the word in quotes with a space before the first letter. Thus " arbor" will find arbor but not harbor or Scarborough.

To indicate a word to exclude from results, include it in the search with a minus sign in front. Thus searching on
Georgian -Revival will exclude documents with the string "Georgian Revival" but otherwide keep all with "Georgian".  But it will also exclude those nominations that use the word "revival" in some other context elsewhere in the document.

More tips for Google searches may be found here and here.