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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Founding/Administrative Partners

The California State Library

California_State_LibraryThe California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California's libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your service.

What We Do
The California State Library serves the people of California in several ways:

  • It is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature.
  • It provides non-partisan research to the Legislature and the Governor.
  • It collects, preserves, generates and disseminates information ranging from California's priceless historical items to today's online texts.
  • It advises, consults with, and provides technical assistance to California's public libraries, and it directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and services.

Some history
In 1850, California's new legislature, seeing that the state's facts, figures, and documents needed to be in a central location, established the California State Library in the State Capitol. In 1917, the California State Library established the Sutro Library in San Francisco from the private library of Adolph Sutro.


City of Palm Springs

City_of_Palm_SpringsWhether it’s a round of golf in the winter or a massage at a first-class spa resort, the City of Palm Springs is the place to enjoy life. Often described as a small city with the cultural amenities of an urban area, the shopping, entertainment, dining and recreational opportunities are first-class.

Palm Springs lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley in central Riverside County approximately 107 miles east of Los Angeles.

In downtown Palm Springs, the palm trees grow tall and straight along the City’s main drag: Palm Canyon Drive. That’s where the City’s many parades and festivals are staged. Cruise the one-way strip lined with antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and night clubs and you’ll soon spot something that will catch your eye. Better yet, enjoy the downtown on foot and see the names of many Hollywood legends that grace the Walk of Stars. Once the trendy playground of Hollywood stars, Palm Springs maintains its chic charm.


Palm Springs Public Library

Internal_Library_ImageThe City of Palm Springs has a wonderful history of valuing library services. As far back as 1919, well before incorporation, the residents had established a public library in a small adobe building. As the village grew, the citizens followed the library through more than 12 different locations. With over 100,000 individual items, the Palm Springs Public Library has a vast and diverse collection.

The Palm Springs Public Library has free wireless Internet access and computers to use in the Library.  Its collection holds various bestsellers—from current releases to classic works—DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and CDs.  Throughout the year, the library presents assorted free adult and children's programming.