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Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Oasis Hotel will return records associated with Oasis OR Hotel). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Oasis Hotel"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.

Ordering Images

Many of our images are available for reproduction. Please note there is a charge for this service and fees start at $35 and depend on item, size, and purpose. Once you have selected the image(s) that you are interested in, please click the "request image" link on the photograph. An Historical Society staff member will then contact you regarding rights and fees. Thank you!

Other Types of Media

Although all of our records are included in PastPerfect Online, media such as audio, video or pdf documents are not available to view online. Any record that refers to the Media button contains a file that can only be accessed locally at the Palm Springs Historical Society. You may contact us to schedule an appointment to view them.

Additional Help

If you need additional help with using this site please contact Renee Brown at