About the Archives

The mission of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Archives is to collect, preserve, and protect a variety of original documentary materials containing information of permanent historical value relating to the history of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Cahuilla culture in general. By sustaining evidence that reflects the life and activities of those who created such material, the Archives ensure it is available for successive generations to discover.

Archival Collections

OAC holdings of the Archives include sound and video recordings, oral histories, photographs, postcards, and other types of paper ephemera. The Archives offers finding aids to these collections and Cahuilla collections from other institutions. Finding aids are an excellent starting point for researchers interested in learning more about the archival materials under the care of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and are available for viewing by appointment.

Finding aids and a growing number of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum collections are now available online through the Online Archive of California (OAC). More will become available as collections are processed.

The Archives does not maintain genealogical materials. Researchers interested in pursuing genealogical studies can access such materials through the National Archives. These materials include: M595 Indian Census Rolls, 1884-1940, GSU-909228 Spanish Mission Censuses 1796-98, M1853 Census Rolls of the Indians of California Authorized Under the Act of May 18 1928, I32 California Indian Enrollment Applications 1928-33, and M1841 Revised Roll of California Indians Approved June 30 1955. The Huntington Library also offers online access to the Early California Population Project  database, containing baptism, marriage, and burial records of each of the California missions dating 1769-1850.

Accessing Archives Resources

Opportunities to view archival materials are available by appointment. An advance statement of research needs is required for Museum staff to locate, retrieve, and organize relevant materials located at an off-site location. Same-day requests cannot be accommodated for this reason. A research fee may be charged at a prorated rate of $50.00 per hour for research requests that require more than a half-hour of staff time.

Contact us at 760.833.8171 or to schedule a research appointment with a Curatorial Department staff member.

Reproduction and Media Use Fee Schedule

Digital reproductions of select materials for personal/research use only are available to researchers for a fee. The Media Reproduction Fee is a flat fee determined by media type and quantity. The schedule of fees is as follows:

Photograph (personal/research use only): $10.00 per file/image
A/V Media (personal/research use only): $15.00 per file/recording
Paper Materials (personal/research use only): $0.10 per page

Commercial, academic press, and other requests to reproduce media for which Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is the sole rights holder are based on a lengthier Media Use Fee Schedule and are granted on a case-by-case basis.