by David Myers and Janet Hansen
contributions by Katie Horak, Annabel Lee Enriquez and Sara Delgadillo
J. Paul Getty Trust, The, 2024
eISBN: 978-1-60606-882-3 | Paper: 978-1-60606-881-6
Library of Congress Classification CC135.H365 2024
Dewey Decimal Classification 363.69

This open-access publication provides essential guidance on digital inventories and surveys for the identification, conservation, and management of heritage places.

A critical first step in the conservation of cultural heritage is to identify and understand the places we want to protect. Inventories and surveys are essential tools in this effort, and their use in managing national, regional, and local heritage is mandated in heritage-related legislation across the globe. Despite the widespread understanding of the importance of inventories and surveys, however, practical, up-to-date guidance on how they should be created, implemented, and maintained has been substantially lacking—until now.
This publication draws from the Getty Conservation Institute’s ongoing work with heritage inventories and on the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources’ experience with SurveyLA. It provides technical advice, guidance, and lessons learned for employing inventories and surveys as tools for heritage conservation and management.

The free online edition of this open-access publication will be available at Also available are free PDF and EPUB downloads of the book.