Schedule a Research Appointment

The SHPO maintains the most comprehensive files of previously identified historic properties (buildings, districts, objects, archaeological sites, shipwrecks, and structures) in Michigan. These files are fundamental to completing applications for Section 106 Review, planning surveys (above and/or below ground), initiating or revising National Register of Historic Places nominations, and other research initiatives. These files are not yet available online and must be viewed in our office by appointment. Please note that archaeological files/locations are confidential and will only be shared as appropriate for the project. 

Begin by emailing the following basic information to

  1. Whether you are interested in architectural and/or archaeological files.

  2. Names of counties, cities and townships in your research area.

If you are interested in archaeological files, you must also include:

  1. Your research area clearly marked on a 7.5’ USGS Topographic Quadrangle Map that shows Section numbers. Include the correct quadrangle map name.

  2. A complete list of Township, Range and Section numbers in your research area.

Staff will use this information to determine if we have relevant files for you to view. If we do not, we’ve saved you a trip! If we have files for you to view or if your project is located in a high-volume area (large cities), we will schedule a research appointment. Effective June 1, 2019, appointments are available 9:00-5:00 pm from Tuesdays through Fridays with a minimum of one (1) week advanced notice. Please email any questions to the above email and we will respond within two business days.