Campus Planning provides cultural resource coordination for the University with various State and Federal agencies as well as local preservation advocacy organizations. The Department is responsible for watching over, identifying, preserving, and protecting cultural resources that exist on campus in a manner consistent with the attainment of University's missions and goals. Cultural resources include buildings, sites, districts, structures, or objects having archaeological, architectural, cultural, historical, or scientific importance, which are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic preservation laws cover things 50 years old or older.
There are many historic buildings on campus many of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Two National Register Districts and a National Historic Landmark are associated with the University.Historic Fort Douglas at the University of Utah website; This site, initiated in 2000, was part of a creative mitigation effort between the University of Utah and the Utah State Historical Society. It was created to make information about this unique historic resource more accessible.
University of Utah Historic Buildings website: Another joint effort between the University of Utah and the Utah State Historical Society was a campus-wide survey conducted by historic preservation students in 1997. The survey and research focused on buildings that have a construction date of 1947 or earlier, the traditional 50-year cutoff period used by the National Register. A portion of the information was incorporated into a website as a Department of Communication class project.