California Indian Library Collections (CILC)

California Indian Library Collections

"The California Indian Library Collections (CILC) was funded with the aim of returning unique cultural materials to California's Native Americans and making the collections available to all citizens through their local libraries. Archived sound recordings, photographs, and textual materials (such as books, journal articles, unpublished manuscripts and field notes, many of which were gathered by Berkeley researchers in the early years of this century) have been duplicated and installed in twenty-one northern and central California libraries. Each county collection contains materials specific to the tribes within that county. A composite CILC set is also located in the California Room at the California State Library in Sacramento."

The California Indian Library has also published and made available on the Web forty-three Tribal Bibliographies and has begun a pilot project to electronically digitize their collections. Two such electronic, tribal collections (featuring photographs and sound recordings from the Hearst Museum) have been published to date, The Pomo Indians and the Miwok Indians, both of which are available in the Reference Area at the Cabrillo College Library. There is also a very nice Web page on Shape and Uses of California Indian Baskets as well as an Annotated Bibliography for Basic Library Collections, useful in building a core collection of materials on California Indians.

CILC at the Sonoma County Library

Sonoma County's collection is housed in the Sonoma County Local History and Genealogy Library. A small number of the collection may be searched in the Library's catalog

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