The public now has access to more than 1.5 million pages of historical documents collected by State Park’s Division for Historic Preservation since 1966. The Cultural Resource Information System, or CRIS, is an interactive, web-based platform that offers the public convenient access to the extensive collection of historic records.
The system is a large step in the ability to share information important to supporting the preservation and revitalization of New York’s heritage. This improved access for federal and state agencies, local governments and the public with help grow the understanding and better the management of the state’s historic and archeological resources.
The CRIS includes more than 6,000 nominations for historic resources listed on the State and National Registers of Historic places, historic survey reports, an extensive collection of building and archeological inventory forms as well as a wide variety of other historical documents. These documents can be used to aid agencies, municipalities and others who utilize historic preservation programs.
The system, funded in part by federal Transportation Enhancement Program assistance, is administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. CRIS continues efforts to increase transparency and expand the public’s access to government data. The system complements Open New York, a state data transparency website launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to provide one-stop access to state, local and federal data. In addition to CRIS, New York State Parks provides data about park facilities, operations and programs Read more about CRIS at the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.