• 619.435.7242
  • 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado CA 92118

Research Center

As the premier research location for all topics relating to Coronado history, CHA supports all guests in achieving their research goals.

CHA’s collection consists of thousands of documents, historical photos, three-dimensional artifacts, oral history transcripts, among other items that can’t be found at other institutions. Additionally, CHA's non-circulating library has hundreds of books relating to Coronado.

Researchers wishing to learn more about Coronado’s historic properties, military history, prominent residents, arts, and culture, as well as Coronado’s local history in the broader context of San Diego and California history are welcome to make an appointment to use CHA's research services. Anyone can research from home by using CHA's online photograph catalog.

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Research Center

Schedule an appointment by completing the research appointment form below or by calling 619-435-7242.


The Research Center is open by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least one week in advance.

In-Person Appointments

Members* $10/hour**

Non-Members $20/hour

*This benefit is for individual/family members only. If you are interested in corporate benefits and corporate membership to receive research discounts, please call 619-435-7242. 

**Members at the Spreckels Society level and above receive 2 free hours of one-on-one research services as part of their membership benefits.

Research Remotely

Remote research is offered on a limited basis for situations where a researcher is unable to visit the Research Center, such as a researcher who lives out of state. If you would like to request remote research services, please indicate your request. In these cases, a CHA team member can assist you with accessing CHA’s artifact and archive collections or other research material, for a fee. The fee covers staff time to gather materials and make copies. Hard copies of archival and artifact material will be shipped to you; materials cannot be sent electronically. Shipping rates calculated per order. 

Long-Distance/Remote Research Requests

Members* $20/hour

Non-Members $30/hour

*This benefit is for individual/family members only. If you are interested in corporate benefits and corporate membership to receive research discounts, please call 619-435-7242.

Research Request Form

Other online resources available (click the links below):

California Digital Newspaper Collection (through the Coronado Public Library)

City of Coronado Historic Preservation Program

Coronado Historical Association's Historic Photograph Catalog

Become a member

Join us and help preserve and share Coronado's unique and wonderful history with intriguing exhibits and innovative programs for all ages.


  • Two complimentary tickets to our Historic Walking Tour of Coronado
  • Invites to members-only events
  • ...and much more!
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