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About Us

The Southern San Joaquin Valley Information Center (SSJVIC) is one of nine 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 Historical 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 Policy page 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 approximately 37,000 cultural resource records documenting historical and archaeological sites and approximately 12,000 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.

Latest News

SSJVIC Holiday Closures (11-1-20)

The SSJVIC will be closed Nov. 23 - Nov. 27 and Dec. 21 - Jan. 1. Please plan your projects accordingly.

COVID-19 Update (9-23-20)

CSUB has extended the expected return to campus date. Repopulation of campus is now expected to begin May 24, 2021. 

Please continue to communicate with our office via email at 

COVID-19 Update (5-19-20)

CSUB expects to continue telecommuting until at least January 2021. The SSJVIC office will remain closed during this time. Staff will continue to process record searches remotely and have started to process resource record and report submissions. Because record searches requests take priority over processing new documents submissions, wait times for IC number assignments may be longer than usual. We ask clients to please be patient while we work to get your documents processed.

Please continue to communicate with our office via email at

COVID-19 (3-18-20)

Until further notice, the SSJVIC office is closed. In-house appointments are suspended. Staff will be telecommuting and record searches will continue to be be processed. Turn around times may be affected. We do not anticipate processing any resource record and/or report submissions until we return to the office.

Voicemail will periodically be checked, but we encourage everyone to contact us via email at

Built Environment Resource Directory is now online! (3-12-20)

OHP has posted the Built Environment Resource Directory (BERD) online. Visit the OHP website to access the BERD free of charge. 

New CHRIS Data Request Form (2-29-20)

A new CHRIS Data Request Form is now available. Be sure to download yours today!

Digital In-House Record Searches (3-15-19)

The SSJVIC can now support digital in-house records search. If you would like to conduct your search digitally, please let staff know when making your appointment. Project area shapefiles are accepted up to 24 hours in advance of appointment times.