The Northwest Information Center (NWIC) of the Historical Resources information System is one of ten information centers affiliated with the State of California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) in Sacramento.
These Information Centers are non-profit organizations located at various universities, museums, and tribal organizations throughout the state of California. Each center serves a specific geographic area within the state. The NWIC service area includes 18 coastal, Bay Area, and inland counties, from the Cailifornia-Oregon border in the north to Monterey in the south. This area comprises over 15% of the State of California.
The purpose of the center is...
- to manage historical resources records, reports, and maps.
- to supply historical resources information to the private and public sector (some restrictions do apply.)
- to provide educational support and information about historical resources in California to the general public.
NWIC staff regularly assist Historical Resources Consultants undertaking research in history and archaeology as well as providing information to landowners, scholars, and the general public about archaeology, history, architecture, and historical resources legislation.
Research and information is provided to more than 100 federal, state, or local government agencies, as well as over one thousand private historical resource consultants, environmental, planning, engineering, and development firms. Approximately 2000 requests for information are fulfilled each year.
Inventory access, products and services are provided on a fee-for-service basis.
New CHRIS Access Policy
Beginning today, all CHRIS Information Centers will begin to request that you complete the new CHRIS Information Access and Use Agreement and any additional applicable forms (i.e., CHRIS Data Authorized User Form, etc.). This new process will mean that an access agreement is filled out only ONCE rather than every time you request information. To obtain a copy of the forms, use the links below or go to the Office of Historic Preservation’s (OHP) web site.
Please feel free to contact this office with any questions or go to the OHP web site for additional information about this change. Please note that by March 1, 2013, all use will be governed by the new Access and Use Policy.
Closure of the North Coastal Information Center
The Yurok Tribe has closed the NCoIC as of 31 December 2012. The Northwest Information Center has been designated as the new repository for the Humboldt and Del Norte County historical resource information formerly managed by the Tribe. Given the short turn-around time allotted for the transfer, the NWIC only will have roughly organized the basic information by 14 January 2013 (i.e., resource records and report documents; historic maps). Humboldt and Del Norte data will, therefore, be accessible at that time for in-house record searches as well as recorded search requests submitted for NWIC staff to complete. Please be aware that the record search completion date for those conducted by NWIC staff may be longer than usual.