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California Historical Resources Information System

About the CHRIS

The California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) consists of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), 9 Information Centers (ICs), and the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). The OHP administers and coordinates the CHRIS and presents proposed CHRIS policies to the SHRC, which approves these polices in public meetings. The CHRIS Inventory includes the State Historic Resources Inventory maintained by the OHP as defined in California Public Resources Code § 5020.1(p), and the larger number of resource records and research reports managed under contract by the 9 ICs.

The ICs provide historical resources information, generally on a fee-for-service basis, to local governments, state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, and individuals with responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as to the general public.

Currently, the OHP and the ICs each maintain separate parts of the CHRIS Inventory. The OHP’s portion of the Inventory is forwarded to the ICs according to their county-based service areas so that it can be accessed by CHRIS users. It is statewide in scope, but primarily includes information that has been submitted directly to the OHP. Each of the ICs maintains a part of the CHRIS Inventory that although it is geographically limited to that IC’s service area, includes both information forwarded from the OHP and information that has been submitted directly to that IC by users of the CHRIS. These different parts of the CHRIS Inventory are a combination of paper documents and maps and digital files (whether submitted digitally or converted to that format by the CHRIS). The collective information managed electronically in the CHRIS Inventory is generally referred to as the CHRIS Database.

About the CHRIS Inventory
Accessing the CHRIS Inventory 
Information Centers Locations and Contacts


Closure of San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center
The San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center (SBCIC) at the San Bernardino County Museum closed on April 13th, 2015. The SBCIC portion of the CHRIS inventory (all of San Bernardino County), in-progress records searches, and other SBCIC materials have been transferred to the  South Central Coastal Information Center (SCCIC) at CSU Fullerton. There were some scheduling delays in the transfer, and SCCIC staff are currently incorporating the materials into their existing inventory. The SCCIC is now processing staff-conducted records searches for San Bernardino County. The San Bernardino County portion of the SCCIC inventory is also available for use by In-House (user-conducted) records searches. Those wishing to schedule In-House records searches at the SCCIC for San Bernardino County may do so immediately. Please call (657) 278-5395 or email to find out more about access to the SCCIC, to schedule an appointment, submit a records search request, or find out about current records search turnaround times. Additional information about the SCCIC is available at the SCCIC website.

CHRIS Service Delivery Model Analysis and Recommendations Report
The Office of Historic Preservation has finalized the CHRIS Service Delivery Model Analysis and Recommendations Report. The State Historical Resources Commission discussed the report and its recommendations, and heard public comments, at their workshop and meeting April 28 and 29, 2015. Written comments about the report were asked to be submitted by May 29, 2015. Those comments were shared with the Commission prior to its August 7, 2015 meeting. As reported by State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco at the August meeting, these comments have been noted and will be taken into consideration when the CHRIS begins development of a transition study.

If you have questions about this process, contact Eric Allison, CHRIS Coordinator, at or in hard copy to Eric Allison at our office address.