Instructions for Completing the Computer DOE Forms
Electronic versions of the DOE database in Microsoft Access and the DOE form in Microsoft Word can be
obtained through the links below. Microsoft Access format is preferred for all DOE forms.
Download the Database or Form
» Microsoft Access Database for Structures
» Microsoft Access Database for Archaeology
- To download a copy of the DOE database in Microsoft Access, double click
on either the link for either the Microsoft Access Database for Structures or
the Microsoft Access Database for Archaeology. Choose the Save option to keep
a copy of the database on your computer.
- The file will be downloaded in compressed ZIP format. Double click on the file to
extract the actual Access database (file extension MDB). The file
is named DOEExtStructXP02.mdb or DOEExtArcheoXP02.mdb, depending on whether
you downloaded the database for structures or archaeology.
- Before entering data into the database, you may want to copy and rename it in order to preserve a
blank database on your computer for future use.
You are now ready to complete a determination of eligibility. When using the DOE database to
record architectural resources, the preparer must determine which level of documentation is
appropriate (i.e., regular DOE form or the Short Form DOE). Refer to
When to Complete a Determination of
Eligibility Form for guidance in making this
decision. Preparers of determinations of eligibility for archaeological resources do not
have the option to complete Short Form DOEs, since all inventoried archaeological sites have
an assigned MIHP number.
The Short Form does not have a Microsoft Word equivalent and is only available in the Access
database. The Short Form is the same as the regular DOE Form except that it requests less
information and thus has fewer fields. See below for details on the minimum information
required for ineligible resources.
- The file you download from MHT is called DOEExtStructXP02.mdb or
DOEExtArcheoXP02.mdb. The file is a blank database.
- For each project, use one database to record all structures and one database to record all
archaeological sites. The database can contain one record or multiple records depending on your
needs. The database file should then be sent to MHT on CD or via email for review.
- To move between pages on the screen, click the labeled tabs at the top of the forms.
- Press the “Tab” key to move between fields.
- If desired, the justification text can be “cut-and-pasted” from a word processing
- Spell check is available. Use it!
» Detailed Instructions for Filling
Out the Access Database
If You Cannot Use the Access Database
The DOE Form is available in Microsoft Word format in addition to the
preferred Access database. The field descriptions discussed above are also useful for completing
the Microsoft Word version of the form.
» Printable Form in Microsoft Word
Guidance for Completing the Short Form for Ineligible Resources
For all properties MHT determines do not meet the criteria for eligibility in the National
Register, MHT documents the decision in the DOE database. MHT staff, agencies, or consultants may
initiate recommendations of ineligibility. MHT reviews compliance recommendations and makes the
appropriate determination that a resource does not meet the criteria for National Register
eligibility based upon the minimum information necessary to reach a justifiable decision.
In cases of ineligibility it is still necessary to ensure that appropriate evaluations are
completed for the resources and that permanent records are maintained. To facilitate the submission
of the information for resources recommended as ineligible and the tracking of ineligible
properties, MHT developed a Short Form for Ineligible Properties (Short Form) in the DOE
database. MHT strongly encourages agencies and consultants to utilize this streamlined and
electronic format for documenting properties that are unquestionably
ineligible (e.g. a building that has been greatly modified in recent decades and displays very
little integrity from any time more than 50 years ago).
The Short Form (minimum required information) includes:
- Property name;
- Property address, city, county, and zip code;
- A brief description of the property, with dates of construction (or approximate age), and
justification of why the property is not eligible;
- One copy of the appropriate section of United States Geological Survey (USGS)
quadrangle (quad) map which clearly illustrates the location of the resource, labeled with
the property’s name and address, and the name of the quadrangle (the map may include
the locations of multiple properties);
- Photograph(s) (For resources documented on a Short Form, the photographs may be digital,
print, Polaroid, color or black and white.)
Attachments to the Determination of Eligibility Form
DOE forms must be printed on acid free paper and contain the following information in the
format specified by the Standards
and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations
in Maryland. For places not previously recorded in the MIHP, a number must be obtained
in advance from the Trust’s Inventory Registrar. For contributing resources to
a National Register listed or eligible historic district, please use the MIHP number
for the district. Properties within a district that are individually eligible for the NR may
have their own MIHP number assigned.
The bibliography should include the sources of historical information about the property as
well as sources of technical information that are relevant to the research methods and
analysis used to prepare the DOE form. For DOE forms on archaeological sites, a separate
bibliography is not needed as long as the form includes a citation for the report that documents
the associated archaeological investigations.
Attachments must include two 8½“x11” copies of the appropriate section of
a United States Geological Survey (USGS) quadrangle (quad) map that clearly illustrate the
location and boundaries of the resource, labeled with the property’s name, MIHP number,
and the name of the quadrangle. Sections of historic maps and site plans with the location
and boundaries of the resource clearly marked are also encouraged. For DOEs on archaeological
sites, USGS quad maps are not required, but detailed site plans are welcome.
Photographs should include images clearly showing all facades of primary buildings, all
accessory buildings and structures, all significant landscape features, and the general
landscape and context of the property. Photographs must be either traditional black-and-white
images prepared in accordance with the
Standards and Guidelines
for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland (2019), or digital images prepared
in accordance with the standards for submission of digital images (Appendix B in the Standards
and Guidelines. DOE forms with photographs not meeting these standards may be returned, delaying the Section 106 process.
Photographs are not required for DOE forms on archaeological sites, but preparers have the option of
providing photographs with the DOE forms.
The appropriate level of documentation varies by resource and the scope of the research project. Site
and building plans provide valuable information and are encouraged.
DOE forms must be completed using the electronic form provided on the SHPO website and must be
accompanied by a WORD or, preferably, ACCESS copy of the form's text. PDF copies of the form and
all attachments are encouraged. If digital images are being submitted, these electronic copies
may be on the same CD-R or DVD-R as the digital images, see
Guidelines for Digital Images.