This collection consists of material collected by Virginia DeMarais pertaining to the history, development, and population
of Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego region, as well as a small collection of her personal papers.
Virginia DeMarais was born in Los Angeles on November 13, 1915, to Robert Harold Hart and Virginia C. Christie. She married
Bill DeMarais in 1937, and in 1943 they had a son, Dennis DeMarais. The family moved to Borrego Springs after World War II
and built a motel called Hacienda Borrego. They operated the motel for eight years, then sold it. Before and after their retirement,
Virginia and Bill were heavily involved in local activities and organizations, helping the small town establish a post office,
schools, and the Community Church.