Our Mission

Accessing the Past Digital History Collaborative (APDHC) is a cooperative partnership with the Palm Springs Public Library, the City of Palm Springs, the California State Library, and other community partners. Together we are making our historic collections digitally available to anyone, anywhere in the world, and connecting people to information.

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Contributing Partners

Cathedral City Historical Society

The Cathedral City Historical Society (CCHS) collects, preserves, researches and interprets the heritage of Cathedral City, California.

The goal of the CCHS is to have a museum where everyone may visit and learn about our city, past and present.  Meanwhile, look for our exhibits around Cathedral City (try the Cathedral City Public Library and Desert Cinemas, formerly the IMAX Theater).


Cathedral City Library

The history of the Cathedral City Library stretches back to 1938 when it began in the new City Hall as a Community Library comprised of donated materials. A year later, it became a branch of the Riverside County Library System. Since then, the library has moved three times before settling into its current location in 1995. Completely renovated in 2009 after a devastating fire in 2008, the 20,000-square foot Cathedral City Library offers reading materials for a wide variety of ages and interests, as well as general reference materials. Other resources include an Adult Literacy Program, a local history collection, a Spanish Collection, three study rooms, a community room and the Gary C. Ray Story Room. The library also offers free internet and computer access.

With over 43,000 titles, the Cathedral City Library rises to meet the diverse reading needs of the community’s children, students, adults, senior citizens and bilingual population.


Desert Sun Media Group – A Gannett Company

The Desert Sun was first published Aug. 5, 1927, as a free weekly newspaper printed in Banning and staffed by one person, Carl Barkow. The newspaper's first Palm Springs office was in the Palm Springs Water Company facilities. The newspaper then sold for 5 cents or $2.50 for a year's subscription.

Barkow sold the newspaper to Oliver Jaynes in 1946. Shortly thereafter, the newspaper went to twice-weekly publication and, for the first time, it was printed in Palm Springs. In 1955 The Desert Sun became a Monday-through-Friday daily and The Desert Sun Publishing Co. was formed. In 1988, The Desert Sun switched from afternoon to morning publication. The Indio Daily News, first published in 1912 as the weekly Indio Date Palm, was consolidated with The Desert Sun in 1990. In 1991, the newspaper added a Sunday edition.


Greater Palm Springs Celebrity Golf Classic

The golf world is filled with a host of celebrity/amateur events played for a vast array of worthy charities, the Greater Palm Springs Celebrity Golf Classic has been successfully presenting the annual event for over 21 years benefiting various Charities. Starting as a one-day golf tournament, it has matured into a star-studded event with parties, entertainment, and golf. The tournament’s success is attributed to our unique format which includes celebrity host every year, along with additional 26-36 Sport Celebrities, an initial day of interacting with the various charities and the kids, followed with an evening of Celebrity gathering at the Cocktail party. The following day a shotgun Scramble on 18 holes of competitive golf, immediately culminating in a FUN and Exciting Awards Ceremony and party.


Historical Society of Palm Desert

The mission of the Historical Society of Palm Desert is to collect, preserve and record the history of the City of Palm Desert, its communities and to provide access to the society’s archives and artifacts through exhibits, publications, programs and events.


Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world's largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft; and our air-conditioned hangars have no ropes to keep you from interacting with our exhibits. Our extensive library and our crew of trained volunteers can provide you details on the aircraft and a sense of the experience of flying them.


Palm Springs Genealogical Society

Incorporated in December of 1982, the Palm Springs Genealogical Society lists its goals as to collect and preserve records of ancestors, to promote interest in genealogical research and offer programs to help members, residents, and visitors research their family history. The Palm Springs Genealogical Society generally holds monthly meetings which feature speakers on a variety of genealogical topics on the first Saturday of each month at the Palm Springs Public Library (September-June); visitors are welcome.


Palm Springs Historical Society

The Palm Springs Historical Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett. Check out the Palm Springs Historical Society's online collections here.

The mission of the Palm Springs Historical Society is to record, preserve and display historical artifacts of the Palm Springs area.


Palm Springs Lions Club

The Palm Springs Lions Club has been serving community, youth and sight programs in the Palm Springs area since 1937.


Palm Springs Planning Department

The Palm Springs Planning Department serves as the staff to the city's Historic Site Preservation Board, Architectural Advisory Committee and Planning Commission.  It is our duty to promptly present well and thoroughly analyzed cases to these appointed decision makers.  The applicants deserve complete assessment of their proposals and the public needs good information so as to be able to provide their input to the city's appointees.

As planners it is our job to implement the plans and codes as adopted by the City Council.  It is also our responsibility to bring forward the best concepts of current planning practice to present to the law makers to create plans and procedures to maintain our neighborhoods and commercial districts.  We need to ensure that this community, which has just celebrated its 75th birthday, is one where properties and places are such that their livability is enhanced over time and that our new development is created as to provide lasting value.