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The Southern San Joaquin Valley Information Center (SSJVIC) is one of ten Information Centers within the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS). CHRIS works under the direction of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and the State Historic Resources Commission (SHRC).

The Information Centers are non-profit organizations each serving a specific geographic area within the State of California. The SSJVIC is the primary repository for resource records and study reports for the 5 counties of Southern San Joaquin Valley (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, & Tulare).

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 (see Access for restrictions).
  • to provide educational support and information about historical resources in California to the general public.

Located at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), the center currently houses 30,000 cultural resource records documenting historical and archaeological sites and approximately 10,000 study 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 Southern-Central California. In addition, the SSJVIC serves as an integral part of the local and regional communities, maintaining student internship and public outreach programs, working with Native American tribes, and local city and county governments.