The photos are from the Historic American Engineering Record, photos housed in the Library of Congress and publicly accessible

National Representative

Paul White
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
Department of Geography
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557-0154
Pronouns: He/Him/His

National Association

Society for Industrial Archaeology
The Society for Industrial Archeology through its publications, conferences, tours, and projects encourages the study, interpretation, and preservation of historically significant industrial sites, structures, artifacts, and technology. By providing a forum for the discussion and exchange of information, the Society advances an awareness and appreciation of the value of preserving our industrial heritage.ConferencesThe SIA holds a late-spring Annual Conference. There are research papers and programs of social activities as well as the presentations of the General Tools Award and the Robert M Vogel Prize. The SIA also awards Student Travel Scholarships to help full-time students and professionals with less than three years experience to attend the conference. It runs a Fall Tour in another interesting location. Central to these gatherings are special tours of contemporary and historic industries.


IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, is published twice yearly. IA is the principal forum for the publication of current research in industrial archeology. Each issue of this peer reviewed journal contains scholarly articles, essays and book reviews.


The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation\\\’s official list of historic places worthy of preservation, prepared by State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) in the 50 states as well as other entities. Its database,, can be searched by subject areas, date and location.

Numerous statewide inventories of industrial and engineering heritage were conducted in the 1970s and ‘80s under the auspices of the Historic American Engineering Record, usually with the SHPO. Many bridge inventories have also been prepared by State Highway Departments with the Federal Highway Administration.

The History and Heritage Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) maintains a list of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks (both US and International).Industrial MuseumsNational Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, PA [in development]
American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA and Franklinville, NC

National Canal Museum, Easton, PA
and numerous others.


MS and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Heritage and Archeology, Michigan Technological University


The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) was established in 1969 by the National Park Service, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Library of Congress to document historic sites and structures related to engineering and industry. This agreement was later ratified by four other engineering societies: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. Appropriate subjects for documentation are individual sites or objects, such as a bridge, ship, or steel works; or larger systems, like railroads, canals, electronic generation and transmission networks, parkways and roads.

HAER Documentation, like that of its older sister program, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), is deposited in the Library of Congress, where it can be consulted on line, at


Gordon, Robert B. and Patrick M. Malone, 1994, The Texture of Industry, An Archaeological View of the Industrialization of North America. Oxford University Press, New York.