• 619.435.7242
  • 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado CA 92118



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.

Search the Online Catalog

Research Local History Topics

Research In-Person

Schedule a Research Appointment

The Research Library is open and appointments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 11 am to 4 pm. Schedule an appointment using the link above or by calling 619-435-7242.

In-Person Appointments

General Appointments:

Members: Free - up to 5 free visits per year

Non-Members: $10 suggested donation

One-on-One Appointments:

Members $20/hour*

Non-Members $30/hour

*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 from Home

Submit a Research Request

If you are unable to visit the Research Library in person, a CHA team member can assist you with accessing CHA’s artifact and archive collections or other research material, for a fee. Use the link above to submit a research request or call 619-435-7242.

Long-Distance/Remote Research Requests

Initiation Fee:

Members & Non-Members: $20

Includes 30 min. search & list of relevant CHA material.

After 30 Minutes:

Members $20/hour

Non-Members $30/hour

Other online resources available:

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

We 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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