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Historic Preservation

Resources available at the University of Maryland Libraries related to the study of historic preservation and related topics.

What is Preservation?

Historic preservation covers a range of topics: cultural heritage, architecture (high style and vernacular), landscapes and monuments, legal issues, rehabilitation and reconstruction, tourism, and more.

For a greater understanding of the field of historic preservation, investigate these organizations and websites:

Laws

Basic Reading

  • Tyler, Norman. Historic preservation: an introduction to its history, principles, and practice.  (2nd ed.)  New York: W.W. Norton, 2009.
    E159 .T95 2000
    National Trust Library Stacks
  • McAlester, Virginia and Lee.  A field guide to American houses.  New York: Knopf, 1984.
    NA7205 .M35 1984
    Architecture Library Stacks; National Trust Library Stacks
  • Murtagh, William J. Keeping time: the history and theory of preservation in America. (3rd ed.) Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2006
    E159 .M875 2006
    McKeldin Library Stacks; National Trust Library Stacks
  • Stipe, Robert E. (ed.) A richer heritage: historic preservation in the twenty-first century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
    E159 .R535 2003
    Architecture Library Stacks; National Trust Library Stacks
  • Burden, Ernest E. Illustrated dictionary of architectural preservation: restoration, renovation, rehabilitation, reuse. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
    NA 105 .B87 2003
    Architecture Library Reference

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