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VCRIS (Virginia Cultural Resource Information System) provides interactive views of information in the DHR’s Archives. It streamlines data entry and reporting, and offers enhanced functionality for responding to a user’s data requests.

Serving as DHR’s online cultural resource inventory, VCRIS provides information about individual properties, sites, and historic districts. It displays mapping and geographic information, and presents evaluative information about the historic significance of resources.

VCRIS also allows clients to add new information to existing records or create new records in the DHR Archives and resource database.

DHR launched VCRIS in 2013 and we continue to refine the service, adding enhancements as time and budget allow. We welcome your feedback so that we can prioritize enhancements based on the needs of users.

Full VCRIS help documentation

VCRIS Accounts

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Data Entry: Archaeology

Data Entry: Architecture

Architecture Data Entry Basics [pdf] explains the VCRIS workflow including how to obtain a DHR identification number for a new property and how to update an existing record at the reconnaissance and intensive level. Information about recording historic districts is also included.

Additional Information: 

FAQ & Troubleshooting


Techical Support

For questions, contact Jolene Smith.

Updated May 24, 2019