The Northeast Information Center (NEIC) is one of 10 offices of the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS), established by the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) to maintain an inventory of the state’s historical resources. The Information Centers are non-profit organizations each serving a specific geographic area within the State of California.


  • Manage historical and archaeological resources records, reports, and maps, and integrate new information into the California Historical Resources Inventory.
  • Provide archived information to the private and public sector (some restrictions apply).
  • Maintain a list of qualified historical resources consultants (

For 40 years, the Northeast Information Center has been the primary repository for archaeological site records and reports for 11 counties of Northeastern California. Located at California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico) under the auspices of the Department of Anthropology, the center currently houses 40,000 cultural resource records documenting historical and archaeological sites and approximately 15,000 investigation reports.

Utilizing this information, record searches conducted to meet the requirements of state and federal law play a critical role in the long-term protection of cultural resources across the North State. In addition, the NEIC serves as an integral part of the University and the local and regional communities, maintaining student internship and public outreach programs, working with Native American tribes, and local city and county governments.


GIS Specialist Position Opening

The Northeast Center (NEIC) of the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) is seeking a GIS Specialist to assist in the development of its Geographic Information System (GIS) program. Document description (pdf)


The NEIC maintains information for

Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, and Trinity counties.

Map of counties within service area

What's New

New Access Agreement Forms! 

As of Friday, January 11, 2013, the CHRIS Information Centers will begin using new Access and Use Agreements. There will be a 48-day phase-in period for the new agreements, through Thursday, February 28, 2013. CHRIS users should complete and submit a new agreement (see attached Announcement and forms). 

Please note: each consulting firm only needs to complete one CHRIS Information Access and Use Agreement Form STATEWIDE.  Submission of the form will allow the CHRIS client to be assigned a Statewide Access Agreement number.  Individual records search or other data requests can then be submitted individually to the appropriate Information Center.  Please note: a new data request form is being finalized and will be posted in the near future.

Announcement Regarding CHRIS Access and Use Agreements
CHRIS Authorized User Form
Access Agreement Short Form
Information Access and Use Agreement
CHRIS Information Conditional Use Agreement