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.