A new website, the Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS), provides access to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s (State Parks) historic records.
CRIS includes more than 1.5 million pages of scanned documents collected by State Parks’ Division for Historic Preservation since 1966. The website includes more than 6,000 nominations for historic resources listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, an extensive collection of building and archeological inventory forms, historic survey reports and a variety of other data from the State Parks’ collection.
The new system is expected to aid agencies, municipalities and others who utilize historic preservation programs, which include the State and National Registers, the commercial and homeowner tax credit programs for historic properties, project review under state and federal historic preservation laws, and the building and archeological survey programs. The system was funded in large part with $1.8 million federal Transportation Enhancement Program assistance, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.
“The Cultural Resource Information System offers a tremendous step forward in our ability to maintain and share information that supports the preservation and revitalization of New York’s heritage,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “Providing easier access to this information for federal and state agency partners, local governments and the public will help advance the understanding and the management of our state’s rich and diverse historic and archeological resources.”
In 2013 data.ny.gov, a state data transparency website was launched to provide access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. New York State Parks makes data about state park facilities, operations and programs available to the public at http://on.ny.gov/ParksData.