Historic Contexts

As stated in The Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation, "the development of historic contexts is the foundation for decisions about the identification, evaluation, registration and treatment of historic properties, and surveys." A historic context provides the basis for evaluating significance and integrity. It groups information about historic properties that have common theme, place, or time. Historic contexts are intended to provide a framework for identifying and evaluating resources by focusing on and explaining what aspects of geography, history and culture significantly shaped the physical development of a community or region's land use patterns and built environment over time, what important property types are associated with those development patterns, why they are important, and what characteristics they need to have to be considered an important representation of their type and context. More information on writing a historic context and preparing multiple property documentation can be found in the National Register Bulletin: How to Complete the National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form, National Register Bulletin: Technical Information on Comprehensive Planning, Survey of Cultural Resources, and Registration in the National Register of Historic Places, and this Sample Outline.

The following are historic contexts and multiple property documents that have been developed nationwide and within Alaska. Historic contexts that have been formally accepted by the Keeper of the National Register are noted with MPD after the title. The predecessor to multiple property nominations was thematic nominations; those formally accepted by the Keeper are noted with TR after the name.

Nationwide Contexts:

Transportation Contexts

Mining Contexts

Community Contexts

Military Contexts

Recreation Development and Management Contexts

Exploration/Settlement/Homesteading Contexts


Architectural Context