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Northeast Information Center


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We are currently dealing with a high volume of requests, so please anticipate delayed turnaround times for record search results. For more information, please contact us.

The Northeast Information Center (NEIC) is one of 9 offices of the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS)(opens in new window), established by the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP)(opens in new window) 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(opens in new window).

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.

Access Agreement Forms and Instructions

If you need access to CHRIS information, you must have an Access and Use Agreement (PDF)  that has been processed through a CHRIS Information Center. A CHRIS Access and Use Agreement may apply to an individual, office, company, district, agency, or some other administrative or organizational unit. Make sure this organizational scope is made clear when you are completing the agreement, using the “Region/Office” space on the agreement’s first page. Only one CHRIS Access and Use Agreement should be completed by the agreement holder, and this agreement will apply through the entire CHRIS, at all Information Centers. In other words, if you submit one to an Information Center, once it is processed and accepted, the agreement will apply to all of the Information Centers, and you need not submit another until the current one expires (if it has an expiration date). Please allow for a processing time of several days during implementation of the new Access and Use Agreements.

The NEIC maintains information for Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, and Trinity counties.

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