The Cante Sica Foundation and the Preservation of Indian Boarding School Histories

Walter Littlemoon and his wife, Jane Ridgway. Photo by Kahlil Hudson, courtesy of High Valley Productions
Walter Littlemoon and his wife, Jane Ridgway. Photo by Kahlil Hudson, courtesy of High Valley Productions
This post is part of a series of blog posts related to the Autry’s Undisciplined Research Project. To learn more, read the introduction by David Burton, Senior Director of the Autry Institute. In 2012, a film that Randy Vasquez directed and I produced, called The Thick Dark Fog, was broadcast nationwide on PBS. The film tells the story […]

Autry Institute Launches Undisciplined Research Project and Accompanying Blog Series

Left to right: David Burton, DeLanna Studi, Preston McBride, Yve Chavez, Laura Shamas (via Skype), Autry Archivist Liza Posas, Pamela Peters, Mallory Furnier. Photo by Marva Felchlin, Director of the Libraries and Archives of the Autry.
Left to right: David Burton, DeLanna Studi, Preston McBride, Yve Chavez, Laura Shamas (via Skype), Autry Archivist Liza Posas, Pamela Peters, Mallory Furnier. Photo by Marva Felchlin, Director of the Libraries and Archives of the Autry.
With this post, I am excited to initiate a new blog feature focused on the Autry’s Institute for the Study of the American West. The Institute is the research wing of the Autry National Center, and its mission has long been to advance scholarship about the West and facilitate the application of this work in diverse public […]

Eating the Archives

Roy Rogers and Arlene Wilkins at Tony Bonnelle’s restaurant, circa 1930s–1940s, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; MSA.24, Box 195
Roy Rogers and Arlene Wilkins at Tony Bonnelle’s restaurant, circa 1930s–1940s, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; MSA.24, Box 195
Earlier this year, we posted a lemon meringue pie recipe from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives. This recipe from the Archives and its charming story made me wonder, could I conjure up some pie magic of my own?

Let’s Go Camping

Camping in the Rocky Mountains: A Guide to the Most Desirable Camping Places in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, 5th ed., circa 1907. Passenger Department of the Denver & Rio Grande System. Donated by Dr. Glenda Riley. Autry National Center; 98.70.2
Camping in the Rocky Mountains: A Guide to the Most Desirable Camping Places in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, 5th ed., circa 1907. Passenger Department of the Denver & Rio Grande System. Donated by Dr. Glenda Riley. Autry National Center; 98.70.2
When was the last time you went camping? Any plans for the last weeks of summer? For inspiration, take a look at these beautiful lantern slides from the Braun Research Library Collection and leave the city behind! F. H. (Frederick Hamer) Maude (1858–1959) was a photographer and collector of photographs of the American Southwest. He was born […]

The Wanted Poster Reposted

Broadside, “Arrest for robbing the United States mails and the D. and R. G. Express Co. / George Boyd.” Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, 1892. Fred Rosenstock Collection of Western Americana, Autry Library, Autry National Center; 90.253.12905
Broadside, “Arrest for robbing the United States mails and the D. and R. G. Express Co. / George Boyd.” Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, 1892. Fred Rosenstock Collection of Western Americana, Autry Library, Autry National Center; 90.253.12905
We both were very surprised that the Pinkerton’s poster looked nothing like our expectations, nothing like what we saw as kids in film and television.

The Minstrel and the Mother Road: Susan Shillinglaw on Steinbeck

Susan Shillinglaw, Professor of English at San Jose State University and scholar-in-residence at the National Steinbeck Center.
Susan Shillinglaw, Professor of English at San Jose State University and scholar-in-residence at the National Steinbeck Center.
On Thursday, October 16, the Autry will host the Celebrate Steinbeck! The Road Trip as Inspiration panel discussion, featuring renowned Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw and the artists who participated in The Grapes of Wrath Journey, a road trip that retraced the cross-country trek of John Steinbeck’s famous Joad family. A professor of English at San Jose State University and a scholar-in-residence at the National Steinbeck Center, Shillinglaw has written several books about Steinbeck’s life and work. The Autry recently got in touch with her to ask a few questions about Steinbeck, Route 66, and the West.

Marty Tipton and the Cowboy Way

Marty Tipton, also known as The Oklahoma Kid, ropes in front of the Capitol.
Marty Tipton, also known as The Oklahoma Kid, ropes in front of the Capitol.
Marty Tipton is about as close as one can get to the American cowboy of yore this side of the year 2000. And while his cowboy hat and boots, and even his livelihood as a professional trick roper add to this conception, the similarities extend beyond the standard cowboy imagery. Tipton has a larger-than-life quality to him, telling stories in his friendly Oklahoma twang that seem believable enough but also carry with them a sense of the fantastic that belongs in a dime novel.