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Accessing the CHRIS Inventory

Records searches are the primary means through which CHRIS information is disseminated. A records search consists of a review of historical resources data on file at an Information Center (IC) regarding a specific geographic area. There are three categories of records searches: confidential; non-confidential; and as specified under a memorandum of agreement. A records search may be conducted by filling out a CHRIS Data Request Form . In this case, the records searches will be conducted by IC staff and returned to the requester digitally or by mail.

CHRIS data can also be obtained through an in-person search at an individual IC. A researcher wishing to conduct their own In-House Records Search must make an appointment with the relevant Information Center no less than 24 hours in advance. If the appointment cannot be kept, the Information Center must be given at least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation or the individual may be subject to a cancellation fee. Resource Location Maps and Report Location Maps maintained at an Information Center shall not be photocopied or photographed.

IC Locations and Contact Information


CHRIS Inventory Access Fees

Records searches are conducted on a fee for services basis whether done by the IC staff or in person by a researcher. Fees are set forth in a fee rate schedule. A Rate Schedule is posted at each Information Center.

The CHRIS Electronic Fee Structure (adopted 05-03-2012) replaces the previously adopted 11-05-2010 structure. It applies only to computer-based records searches involving digital data or electronic documents. It does not apply to paper-based records searches, where digital data and/or documents are not used or provided. Since each Information Center is at a different stage of digital development, you should contact the appropriate IC(s) to determine if the electronic fees will apply at that IC for any or all of your records search. You should also contact the relevant IC if you have questions about the fee structure itself.

Who Can Access CHRIS Inventory Data?

Some parts of the CHRIS inventory are protected by laws and regulations that protect the confidentiality of certain types of information regarding Native American sites, archaeological sites, and other protected historical resources. Because of various confidentiality restrictions, all researchers must obtain permission to use the collections by submitting his or hers professional curriculum vitaea and a CHRIS Statement of Qualifications. Requesting a Records Search is done by: (1) completing a current CHRIS Information Access and Use Agreement valid at all Information Centers; (2) a CHRIS Access Agreement Short Form  on file with the Information Center from which the information is desired; or 3) a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or other type of written access arrangement with the Information Center(s) from which the information is desired, consistent with the requirements of the CHRIS Operations Manual.

For more specific information and details regarding access and use agreements, please visit our CHRIS Access and Use Agreement page.

CHRIS Historical Resources Consultants List

The CHRIS Historical Resources Consultants List is online at www.chrisinfo.org. The Consultants List is searchable by county, discipline, and consultant’s name.

The Consultants List is maintained by the Eastern Information Center on behalf of all the ICs. There is a fee for individuals to be listed as consultants (no charge for using the list). As stated in the CHRIS Information Center Rules of Operation Manual (2008), the fee for listing is $150.00 per person per year. Payment is submitted at time of application. A consultant applying to be listed must complete the Consultants List Format and Fee Worksheet , plus the appropriate discipline-specific form or forms (see below), and submit them to the Eastern Information Center. The forms may be completed using Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader, and handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Consultants List Format and Fee Worksheet
Discipline-specific Forms:
Archaeology
Architectural History
Architecture
Historic Architecture
History