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California Indian Library Collection

Located in the Boggs Local History Area of the Redding Library.

The Collection is composed of copies of books, unpublished manuscripts and field notes, obscure scholarly articles, turn-of-the-century photographs as well as rare sound recordings of songs and dances.

Our part of the collection focuses on the Achomawi, Atsugewi, Klamath River, Wintu and Yana Indian tribes.

We hold the following items from the California Indian Library Collection

Check out the the books, journal articles, unpublished manuscripts and field notes, sound recordings of interviews, dances, songs and legends, and photographs held in our collection.

There are finding guides and bibliographies to help you find the information you need. The collection is divided into three parts: books or written material, photos, and sound recordings.

View the Guides and Bibliographies in our CILC collection search catalog.
Note that the actual articles and publications are not currently in the catalog.

Browse through the following online bibliographies to find the items for the specific tribes that interests you. Items available at the Redding Library are in bold.

Map of California Indian tribal territories
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 citizens through their local libraries. Archival materials, such as sound recordings, photographs, and texts, have been duplicated and installed in twenty northern California libraries, with each county collection containing 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.

Since research on the state's Native Americans has been mostly published in obscure scholarly sources and few specialists in the cultural materials exist outside major museums and universities, the CILC collections provide Native Californians, scholars and other interested people with access to rare materials that have until now remained unavailable to the general public.

Where to find more Information

The following is a list of designations, or in some instances a more general geographic description, of Native California Indians and the counties in which they are found.

Each of the linked counties listed below is listed as a location for the California Indian Library Collections.

Information for ALL the tribes is available at the California State Library in their California History Room.


Check at linked libraries for more information

Achomawi Lassen; Modoc; Shasta; Siskiyou
Athapaskan, unspecified Del Norte; Humboldt; Trinity
Atsugewi Lassen; Shasta
Bay Miwok
Contra Costa; Sacramento; Solano
Chilula Humboldt
Coast Miwok Marin; Sonoma
Lake; Mendocino
Hupa Humboldt; Trinity
Karuk Humboldt; Siskiyou
Kato Mendocino
Klamath Del Norte; Humboldt; Lassen; Modoc; Shasta; Siskiyou; Trinity
Konkow Butte; Glenn; Nevada; Plumas; Tehama; Yuba
Lake Miwok Lake; Yolo
Lassik Humboldt; Trinity
Maidu Butte; Glenn; Plumas; Sierra; Tehama; Yuba
Mattole Humboldt
Modoc Modoc; Siskiyou
Fresno; Madera; Mariposa; Tulare
Nisenan Amador; Butte; El Dorado; Nevada; Placer; Plumas; Sacramento; Sierra; Sutter; Yuba
Nomlaki Glenn; Shasta; Tehama
Nongatl Humboldt; Trinity
Northern Paiute

Alpine; Inyo; Lassen; Modoc; Mono

Owens Valley Paiute
Inyo; Mono
Patwin Butte; Colusa; Glenn; Lake; Napa; SolanoSonoma; Sutter; Yolo
Plains Miwok
Amador; Calaveras; Contra Costa; El Dorado; Sacramento; San Joaquin; Solano
Pomo/Kashia Pomo Lake; Mendocino; Sonoma
Shasta Shasta; Siskiyou; Trinity
Inyo; Kern
Sierra Miwok Alpine; Amador; Calavera; El Dorado; Madera; Mariposa; Merced; San Joaquin; Stanislaus; Tuolumne
Sinkyone Humboldt; Mendocino
Tolowa Del Norte
Wailaki Humboldt; Mendocino; Trinity
Wappo Lake; Napa; Sonoma
Washoe Alpine; Amador; El Dorado; Lassen; Nevada; Placer; Plumas; Sierra
Whilkut Humboldt
Wintu Shasta; Siskiyou; Tehama; Trinity
Wiyot Humboldt
Yahi/Yana Butte; Plumas; Shasta; Tehama
Yokuts Alameda; Calaveras; Contra Costa; Fresno; Kern; Kings; Madera; Mariposa; Merced; Monterey; San Denito; San Joaquin; San Luis Obispo; Santa Clara; Stanislaus; Tulare
Yuki Colusa; Lake; Mendocino; Tehama; Trinity
Yurok Del Norte