Research Library

About the Library


The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Research Library is a learning, training, and research center for all ages. The Museum accumulates and shares information about the history and culture of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other indigenous peoples.


Holdings of the Research Library include a Cahuilla reference section, a periodical and newsletter collection, a news-clipping collection, a children’s materials section, and a general collection of materials on Native American topics.

The Library reference section is an excellent starting point for researchers interested in learning more about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Cahuilla culture. An online catalog of Library materials is available, where researchers can browse this ever-expanding collection of books, journals, and periodicals by author, title, or subject.

The Research Library does not maintain any 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 Research Library Resources

Please note that this is a research library only. Materials are not available for check-out. A photocopy machine is available in the library for your convenience. Photocopies are available at $0.10 per page. Opportunities to view library materials are available by appointment. Please contact the Museum at 760.778.1079 or to schedule an appointment. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate same-day requests.