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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Earl Coffman Papers
    Dates: 1923-1949
    Accession number: 2006.046
    Creator: Coffman, Earl
    Collector: Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
    Collection Size: 2.1 linear feet 500 items
    Repository: Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
    Palm Springs, California 92262
    Abstract: Correspondence, telegrams, transcripts, and other documentation created and/or collected between the years 1923-1949, pertaining to relations between the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians. The Indian Affairs Committee, a subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce, was made up of non-Indian business owners who organized their interests through pooled resources. Phil Swing, the subcommittee's lawyer, pursued the group's interests at the national level in Washington D.C. Earl Coffman, son of Nellie Coffman, acted as president. Notable events recorded include the attempts of the Chamber of Commerce to seize control of the Indian Canyons and Agua Caliente Hot Spring on Section 14, the Indian Affairs Committee's demand for retraction of Indian Canyons entrance and horse riding fees, the arrest of the Agua Caliente Band's traditional leaders, the 1937 federal takeover of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, and other topics pertaining to tribal land rights and sovereignty.
    Physical location: Stored off site. Advance notice required for access.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Ownership of the physical collection belongs to the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum does not hold the copyright. For research purposes only. All copies and reproductions by permission of copyright holder[s].

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Earl Coffman Papers, 2006.046, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from the Palm Springs Art Museum.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Earl Coffman acted as president of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce's Indian Affairs Committee. The Indian Affairs Committee was made up of non-Indian business owners who organized their economic and political interests through pooled resources.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, telegrams, transcripts, and other documentation created and/or collected between the years 1923-1949, pertaining to relations between the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians. Notable events recorded include the attempts of the Chamber of Commerce to seize control of the Indian Canyons and Agua Caliente Hot Spring on Section 14, the Indian Affairs Committee's demand for retraction of Indian Canyons entrance and horse riding fees, the arrest of the Agua Caliente Band's traditional leaders, the 1937 federal takeover of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, and other topics pertaining to tribal land rights and sovereignty.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.
    Coffman, Earl
    Swing, Phil
    Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
    Indian Affairs Committee
    Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians
    Palm Springs
    Atwood, Stella
    Coffman, Nellie
    Agua Caliente Indian Reservation
    Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
    Coffman, Nellie
    Paramount Pictures Corporation
    Murray, Welwood
    McCallum, John Guthrie
    Atwood, Stella
    Lipps, Thomas
    Roberson, George
    Roberson, Elta
    White, Cornelia
    McManus, Austin
    White, Isabel
    Coffman, Helen Bayless
    Garlick, Hobart
    Powers, Nora Judd
    Brophy, William
    Crocker, Francis
    Agua Caliente Hot Spring
    Indian Canyons
    Palm Canyon
    Andreas Canyon
    San Jacinto National Monument
    Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
    Allotments
    Termination
    Indian Defense Association
    Agua Caliente Bathhouse
    Palm Springs Property Owners Association
    Maloney, William
    Ellis, Charles
    Arenas, Guadalupe
    Patencio, Francisco
    Wilson, A.D.
    Peter, Marcus
    Hatchitt, Juana
    Belardo, Willie Marcus
    Miguel, Saturnino
    Mott, L.T.
    Dady, John
    Ickes, Harold
    Rogers, Will
    Atwood, H.A.
    Willis,Purl
    Sloan, Thomas
    Andreas, Anothony
    Andreas, John
    Rosencrans, William
    Collier, John
    Patencio, Albert
    Santiago, Baristo Sol
    Willis, Purl
    Castillo, Adam
    Pinney, Warren
    Hicks, Alvah
    Boyd, Phil
    Pinney, Warren
    Pinney, Guy
    Boyd, Philip L.
    Quackenbush, H.H.
    Rosencrans Report
    Smart, Leta Myers
    Forlein, Jack
    Sheppard, Harry
    Segundo, Clemente
    Lugo, Lena
    California Federation of Women's Clubs
    Imperial Irrigation District
    Metropolitan Water District
    Whitewater Mutual Water Company
    Palm Springs Water Company
    American Indian Defense Association
    Coffman, Earl
    Wadsworth, H.E.
    Miguel, Richard Amado
    St. Marie, Ruth
    Boyd, Florian
    Rosencrans, William
    Desert Inn