Services and Fees
The Northeast Information Center archives include more than 40,000 cultural resource records documenting prehistoric and historic sites, and more than 15,000 reports, including archaeological, architectural, and historical surveys; excavations; other types of resource evaluations; prehistoric, ethnographic, and historical overviews; management plans; research designs; master’s theses; and PhD dissertations. The NEIC also maintains a resource database and report bibliography which can be queried for specific information.
The NEIC houses the following resources for the 11-county area:
- Historical resource records (40,000)
- Investigation reports (15,000)
- Topographic base maps (1,200)
- National Register nominations
- Historical resources listings
- State Historic Property Directory
- National Register of Historic Places
- California Register of Historical Resources
- California Historical Landmarks
- California Points of Historical Interest
- Historic Spots in California
- Library of historical references organized by county
- Ethnographic references for northeastern California
- General Land Office (GLO) and other historical maps
The Northeast Information Center (NEIC) provides current archaeological, historical, and historic architectural information pertaining to the 11 counties within its coverage area to the following individuals and agencies:
- Qualified archaeologists, historians, historic architects, and architectural historians
- Federal and state agencies
- Planning departments
- Native Americans
- Scholars and students
- Historical societies and other members of the public
The NEIC’s built environment library is currently unrestricted. The public is encouraged to make use of the NEIC’s extensive built environment database in order to learn more about the history of their community (photocopy fees may apply). Fees are charged for research conducted for funded projects, whether research is conducted in person or by NEIC staff (see CHRIS Fee Schedule (PDF, 12.1 Kb)).
Archaeological resources are nonrenewable and easily damaged. Their scientific, ethno-cultural, and aesthetic values can be significantly impaired by disturbance. Therefore, access to such information is restricted in order to prevent vandalism and artifact hunting, and to protect landowners from trespass.
Those granted access to restricted information must have a signed Information Access and Use Agreement on file (see Home Page for more information). Consultants and others receiving confidential information must agree to keep archaeological site content and location information confidential by not disclosing it to unauthorized individuals or including it in publicly distributed documents. (California Government Code Section 6254.10 exempts archaeological sites from the California Public Records Act). Specifically, the locations of archaeological sites are considered confidential and therefore, such information is restricted.
Access to archaeological site information is limited to the following individuals:
- Historical Resources Consultants: Consultants must meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards (PDF, 20 Kb) under Archaeology, History, or Architecture.
- Landowners: Proof of ownership must be provided, such as a deed or current tax statement which clearly links their name with an assessor’s parcel.
- Scholars: Access to confidential information is provided to scholars conducting research for unfunded projects who meet the secretary of interior standards or students working under such individuals.
A CHRIS Data Request Form must be completed to request a confidential records search. To request a non-confidential or "planner" records search, please complete and submit a Project Review Request form (CEQA projects) or a Non-Arch Request form (federally funded projects). For additional information regarding the CHRIS see the Information Center Rules of Operation Manual.
Fees are charged for all funded projects, whether research is conducted in person or by NEIC staff, and payments are due within 60 calendar days of receipt of billing. Approved by the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC), set fee rates apply to all CHRIS Information Centers.
See CHRIS Fee Schedule (PDF, 12.1 Kb)