Northeast Information Center

Services & Fees

Research and Record Searches

The 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 American representatives
  • Landowners
  • Scholars and students

CHRIS Data Request Form (PDF) 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 (PDF) form (CEQA projects) or a Non-Arch Request (PDF) form (federally funded projects).

Access Restrictions

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)).

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) 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.

Those granted access to confidential information must be an authorized user under a signed Information Access and Use Agreement (PDF). Each authorized user must submit an Authorized User Form (PDF), Statement of Qualifications (PDF), and resume or curriculum vitae.

For additional information regarding access to the CHRIS, please see the Information Center Rules of Operation Manual (PDF).

Fee Schedule

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)