The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Research Library is a learning, training, and research center for all ages.  We accumulate and share 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 newsclipping 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.

Recommended primary source materials available include:

• Mukat’s People: The Cahuilla Indians of Southern California by Dr. Lowell John Bean
• Aboriginal Society in Southern California by William Duncan Strong
• The Cahuilla (Indians of North America) by Dr. Lowell John Bean & Lisa Bourgeault
• Temalpakh: Cahuilla Indian Knowledge and Usage of Plants by Dr. Lowell John Bean & Katherine Siva Saubel
• Stories and Legends of the Palm Springs Indians by Francisco Patencio
• Ethno-Botany of the Cahuilla Indians by David Prescott Barrows

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.

An online catalog of Library materials is currently not available.


Please note that this is a research library only. Materials are not available for check-out. A photocopy machine is available for your convenience. Photocopies are available at $0.15 per page. Opportunities to view library materials are available by appointment. Please contact the Archivist Cara Stansberry at 760.833.8171 or to schedule an appointment. We unfortunately cannot accommodate same-day requests.

For more information: 760.833.8171

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