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Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
901 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Ste C-204
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 778-1079
Fax: (760) 322-7724
Email: mail@accmuseum.org
Collections with online items: 6
Physical collections: 26
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Browne (Mildred) Collection

A collection of personal objects and archival materials donated by Mildred Browne, member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and chairwoman of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Materials include two women's garments, jewelry set, Agua Caliente Casino commemorative...

Cahuilla Oral History Project

A collection of oral history interviews and associated materials created by staff at the Palm Springs Desert Museum. Interviews focus on Cahuilla culture and history. Collection includes both audio and video recordings, transcripts, and subject notes. Interviewees include Anthony Andreas,...

California Indian Arts Association Video Collection

A series of filmed meetings of the California Indian Arts Association (CIA), recorded between the years 1994-2000. The C.I.A. is was an informal group of devotees of the arts, artifacts, and culture of southern California Indian people. Meetings dealt with...

Coffman (Earl) Papers

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...

Government Documents Collection

A collection of government documents and publications largely pertaining to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Publications include United States Senate and House of Representatives hearings transcripts and bills. Some transcripts contain testimonies told in the first person by...

Historic Postcards Collection

Historic postcards meeting Agua Caliente Cultural Museum collection policy criteria. Subject matter largely pertains to Agua Caliente, Cahuilla, Native American, and Palm Springs themes. Collected from various sources, including donations and purchases. Most postcards dated 1900-2000.

Indian Family of the California Desert

16mm color film reel entitled Indian Family of the California Desert. Portrays early Cahuilla life, as narrated by Katherine Siva Saubel. Produced by the University of Arizona at Tucson. Educational Horizons, 1964. Made by Cynthia Chapman. Released by Encyclopaedia Britannica...

IQ Magic Oral History Collection

Video recordings with transcripts of individuals associated with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, as interviewed by Eric Abrahamson. Recorded between 2001 and 2002 by IQ Magic on a contract basis for the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, in preparation...

Lando (Richard) Audio Recordings

Surrogate audio recordings of Cahuilla bird songs recorded by Richard Lando in May, 1968. Originally recorded on reel to reel tape at the Malki Fiesta on the Morongo Indian Reservation and in private session. Participants include Joe Patencio, Alvino Siva,...

Largo (Donna Mae) Video Collection

A series of videos featuring Cahuilla basketmaker, basketmaking instructor, and medicinal plant expert Donna Mae Largo teaching courses in these subjects in classes and at museums. Filmed between the years 1983-2000 by Maree Cheatham.

McCarthy (Daniel F.) Collection

Photographic media and associated site data recording Native American rock art sites throughout southern California and the western United States. Photographed and recorded during the years 1970-1991 by Daniel F. McCarthy.

Patencio (Flora) Collection

Documents and ephemera collected by Flora Patencio (Cahuilla) pertaining to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Collected between the years 1947-67.

Pete (Marcus) Collection

Records belonging to Marcus Pete, collected between the years 1918-1946. Collection includes ephemera pertaining to The Indian Store, a general store on Section 14 of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation owned and operated by Marcus Pete. Notable subjects recorded include...

Pete (Marcus) Journal

Journal of Marcus Pete with hand-written entries from the year 1937. Measures 4.5" x 7" x 1", red canvas hardcover binding and labeled National Diary 1935. Content chronicles his trip to Washington, D.C. in support of land allotments; accompanied by...

Pierce (Carrie McCoy) Papers

Letters addressed to the Carrie McCoy (Pierce) Estate, originating largely from F.G. Collett of the group Indians of California, Inc. Correspondence contains updates from the organization's delegates in Washington DC, mainly in regards to claims and enrollment legislation. Collected between...

Pierce (Lawrence) Collection

Hearings, reports, transcripts, and letters collected by Lawrence Pierce (Cahuilla). Federal transcripts and correspondence pertains to Native American topics, including land allotments, termination, civil rights, the Cahuilla Wanakik clan, and others. Collected between the years 1955-79.

Purnel (D.) Collection

Ephemera relating to D. Purnel's (Cahuilla) educational experiences at Palm Springs High School, a public school. Collection contains a yearbook and related educational brochures pamphlets, and articles. Collected between 1967-96.

Ryterband (Roman) Collection

Collection of sheet music, articles, and ephemera documenting the influence of Agua Caliente (Cahuilla) music on the life and music of composer Roman Ryterband (1914-1979). Materials span the years 1978-2002."

Saubel (Robert) Papers

Documentation pertaining to the military life of Robert Saubel (Cahuilla). Saubel served in the United States Marine Corps and fought against Japanese forces on Saipan during World War II. Collected between 1939-65.

Sean Owen Collection

Video footage featuring Cahuilla bird singers and other subjects. Participants included Alvino Siva, Michael Mirelez, Gerald Clarke, Anthony Andreas Jr., Kim Marcus, Robert Levi, Katherine Siva-Saubel, and others. Recorded in preparation for the film Sing Birds: Cahuilla Path to Power,...

Spa History Project

Administrative records and surrogate research materials created and/or collected by Agua Caliente Cultural Museum staff members in preparation for the Spa History exhibit. Administrative records include drafts of exhibit texts and notes. Research materials include surrogate newspaper articles, photographs, negatives,...

Spa Hotel and Spa Resort Casino Collection

Two collections of materials pertaining to the Spa Hotel and Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs (California). Collection L2003.046 contains drafts of graphic materials created to market the Spa Hotel property in magazines and other publications. Other types of...

Tahquitz Canyon Data Recovery Project

Prehistoric and ethnohistoric artifacts, associated documentation, and photographic media collected and/or recorded during the excavation of the Tahquitz Canyon flood control area prior to construction of Tahquitz Dam. Collected and/or recorded between 1988-2000 by Cultural Systems Research, Inc on behalf...

Tyler (Guy) Audio Recordings

Surrogate audio recordings of Cahuilla songs and language. Originally recorded on reel-to-reel tapes by ethnographer Guy Tyler between the years 1967-77. Transferred to digital format by the Storyscape Project of the Cultural Conservancy.

Voices International Archive of Cahuilla Materials

Audio recordings collected from the Morongo Indian Reservation and Malki Museum (Banning, California) between 1979 and 1983 for use in the production of radio programs describing oral traditions as a means to understanding traditional and contemporary Cahuilla culture. Included are...

Wilhelm (Paul) Collection

Collection of newspaper articles concerning California desert history, culture, and lore written by Paul Wilhelm and other authors, predominantly published by the Indio Daily News. Many Indio Daily News articles were published as part the newspaper's Desert Lore series. Collection...