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National Council for Preservation Education records

Identifier: 018.NCPE

Scope and Contents

The National Council for Preservation Education records contains information on the foundation of the organization, organizational operations, challenges and awards, and collaborations with other historic preservation individuals, groups and organizations, and are a significant contribution to the study of preservation education organizations. The materials contain items created and accumulated NCPE since its incorporation (1985) through 2010. The collection is rich in evidential, legal, intrinsic and informational value and dates from 1985 to 2010, with the bulk of materials dating from 1992 to 2004.

The first three series of this collection reflect organizational operations, management, and conference facilitation. The Administrative series contains annual, business and Executive agendas and minutes, along with documents related to certification standards, articles of incorporation, bylaws, directories of member programs, membership lists, nominations for membership, historic preservation award application materials, student internships, mailing lists, special reports, submitted student essays, surveys of academic historic preservation programs and a small amount of unidentified notes -- most of which are hand written. The Conferences series contains materials/packets created and distributed to conference attendees. The Correspondences series is one of the largest series in the collection and contains emails and letters related to administrative projects, operations, and organizational challenges; along with the creation of the historic preservation program directory (The Great Chart), the development and maintenance of the NCPE website, publishing of NCPE special reports, student internship programs, the creation and awarding of the James Marston Fitch Award, historic preservation advocacy and education, sustainability, organizational outreach and conference organization/facilitation. The Financials series (closed to researchers) contain financial statements, ledgers, dues lists, Curriculum Vitas, accounts payable/receivable, investment portfolios and membership payments.

The next four series reflect the historic preservation activities and efforts of the organization through time. The series Organizations contains publications from related/associated/collaborative historic preservation groups and organizations. The Outreach series contains items that document NCPE public interactive activities through newspaper/magazine clippings and website activity logs. The Publications series contains a sampling of hardcopy NCPE publications, and the Visual Materials series contains a small amount of images and postcards from various NCPE conference host locations. The collection does not contain complete runs of conference materials, or a full representation of organizational correspondences, agendas/minutes and financial records.


  • 1985 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1992 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

The Financials series is restricted to NCPE Executive Committee members only. Please see University Archivist for details.

Administrative History Note

Founded as a confederation of educational institutions offering historic preservation curricula and programs in 1980, the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) was formally commissioned as a non-profit educational corporation, chartered in the District of Columbia, on May 17, 1985. It relies on a system of rotating volunteers for administrative, conference facilitation, advocacy/outreach, and webmaster duties. These volunteers are commonly instructors from member institutions. There are no corporate offices; however, administrative volunteers communicate and collaborate regularly through meetings, email and phone conversation. After its foundation the organization quickly identified the following goals for advocating and facilitating historic preservation efforts:

1. Encourage and assist in the development and improvement of historic preservation education programs and endeavors in the United States and elsewhere.

2. Coordinate efforts related to preservation education with public and private organizations and interested individuals.

3. Facilitate the collection, exchange and dissemination of information and ideas concerning preservation education; public awareness of endeavors in preservation education.

Academic historic preservation program certification is a primary function of NCPE and member programs undergo a rigorous annual recertification process. As a part of membership, academic programs are listed on the NCPE database (formally, The Great Chart) that provides prospective historic preservation students with information related to program locations, degree offerings and contact information for program advisors. During the early years NCPE published NCPE News which was a newsletter that contained articles related to important historic preservation topics and activities in the United States of America. NCPE continues to publish a peer reviewed journal, Preservation Education & Research (PER), which is used to exchange and disseminate information concerning preservation education and research. Since developing the PreserveNet website ( this information is now centrally located and easily accessed electronically, and also includes employment, news, and event resources

NCPE has become a leader in historic preservation advocacy and outreach through holding annual conferences and collaborative efforts with organizations such as the National Park Service, National Trust, Historic Site Council and the American Institute of Architects. Every year since 2000, NCPE has recognized outstanding individual contributions to the historic preservation field with an award named after influential preservationist and NCPE member, James Marston Fitch. As of 2011, NCPE has over fifty member institutions located across the United States of America. These academic programs in historic preservation and allied fields have educated thousands of students, many of whom have developed professional careers as professional historic preservation leaders working for local, state, federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and in the private sector both nationally and globally.


5 Linear Feet (3 record center cartons and 5 archive boxes)

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The National Council for Preservation Education records (NCPE) consists of materials related to the organizations foundation and historic preservation activities, efforts and events. The materials in the collection span from 1985 to 2010 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1992 to 2004. The materials reflect the organizations involvement in important events, such as the creation of the organization and the James Marston Fitch Award, annual/collaborative conferences, development of certification standards for academic historic preservation programs, collaborative efforts with other preservation organizations and groups, collection and dissemination of information and ideas related to historic preservation and advocacy/outreach.

The collection also contains academic program curricula and application materials, mailing lists, student essays, conference materials, organizational correspondences, magazine and newspaper clippings, NCPE website data and some copies of the organizations publication NCPE News. The collection does not contain complete runs of conference materials, or a full representation of organizational correspondences, agendas/minutes and financial records.

Other Finding Aids

Financial support for the acquisition, solicitation, arrangement and description of the National Council for Preservation Education records was generously provided by the National Council for Preservation Education.

Custodial History

The materials in this collections were created and/or accumulated by various NCPE Executive Committee members during their time on the committee.


University Archives continues to add materials to the collection. To reflect additions, edits to the finding aid will occur at the end of each calendar year. Records have come been donated to the archive in multiple shipments from different people that held administrative positions within NCPE. Additional materials will be added to the collection as they are received and resources allow.

Related Materials

Researchers may find associated materials contained in the following collections:

the Susan Wineberg papers [018.SW]:

Jane Schemideke papers [018.JS]:

the Woolridge Brown Morton III papers [018.WBM]:

the Marshall McLennan papers [018.MM]:

The Ted J. Ligibel papers [010.TJL]:

Further, researchers may find materials on similar subjects at the New York Preservation Archive ( and the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.

National Council for Preservation Education records
Robin Derminer
2012 February 21
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197