The Ruskin Art Club & the Creation of the Hector Alliot Memorial Library

Bookplate for the Hector Alliot Memorial Library of Archaeology, Hector and Laurena Alliot Manuscript Collection, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; MS.216
Bookplate for the Hector Alliot Memorial Library of Archaeology, Hector and Laurena Alliot Manuscript Collection, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; MS.216
Founded in 1888, the Ruskin Art Club was the first women’s club established in Los Angeles. Although early members were prominent society women, they eschewed the notion of forming a social club and, instead, sought to devote their energies to rigorous art historical studies and, ultimately, the creation of a new cultural landscape in the Southern California region.

Bringing Civil War Music to Life:
Dr. Gary Scott & The Band of the California Battalion

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“It’s one of those wonderful things when what you least expect turns out to be the most important part of your life,” said Dr. Gary Thomas Scott, reflecting on how his 25-​year passion for Civil War music started rather unexpectedly. Dr. Scott is the founder and director of the Band of the California Battalion, a band … Continue reading Bringing Civil War Music to Life:
Dr. Gary Scott & The Band of the California Battalion

“Yours by the book”: Charles Fletcher Lummis and The Bibliosmiles

Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers, 1888-1928, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; MS.1.8, “Bibliosmiles”- Miscellaneous Papers, 1908 June 24.
Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers, 1888-1928, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; MS.1.8, “Bibliosmiles”- Miscellaneous Papers, 1908 June 24.
Part 3 in a series. The Bibliosmiles were a group of like-minded librarians who met at the American Library Association conferences in 1907 and 1908 with Charles Fletcher Lummis serving as their de facto organizer and chief rabble-rouser.

“Dear Fellow Sinner”: Charles Fletcher Lummis and The Bibliosmiles

Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers, 1888-1928, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA; MS.1.8, “Bibliosmiles”- Miscellaneous Papers, 1907 December 5.
Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers, 1888-1928, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA; MS.1.8, “Bibliosmiles”- Miscellaneous Papers, 1907 December 5.
Part 2 in a series. The Bibliosmiles were a group of like-minded librarians who met at the American Library Association conferences in 1907 and 1908 with Charles Fletcher Lummis serving as their de facto organizer and chief rabble-rouser.

Will Dunniway: Painter of Silver and Light

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“You may call me an artist trapped in a historian’s body,” began Will Dunniway, former Civil War reenactor and master of the 19th-​century wet plate photography technique. Dunniway will demonstrate this rarely seen photographic process on Sunday, July 26, at 9:00 a.m. for the Autry’s “Painting With Silver and Light: Civil War and Landscape Photography” event. … Continue reading Will Dunniway: Painter of Silver and Light

Recollections from an Archaeology Fellow

Monica Corpuz fellowship presentation at the Autry National Center, 2014.  Photo courtesy of Dr. James Snead.
Monica Corpuz fellowship presentation at the Autry National Center, 2014. Photo courtesy of Dr. James Snead.
I conducted the majority of my thesis research at the Southwest Museum, located in Los Angeles and owned by the Autry National Center, from late May to late August of 2014. I sought to research the first collection owned and displayed by the Southwest Society that was obtained by Frank M. Palmer. The Southwest Society later … Continue reading Recollections from an Archaeology Fellow

“Not a Speculation, But an Investment”: The Weatherwax Gasoline Motor

Weatherwax Gasoline Motor and Auto Accessory Company Certificate of Incorporation, August 19, 1914, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; MS.1348
Weatherwax Gasoline Motor and Auto Accessory Company Certificate of Incorporation, August 19, 1914, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; MS.1348
These days the latest car news is often about electric, hybrid, or alternative fuel vehicles, but back in the 1910s the internal combustion engine was a relatively new commodity to the majority of the American public.

“Get Your Kicks” on the New Route 66 Archives and Research Website!

Blue Swallow Motel image courtesy of Ben Fitzsimmons.
Blue Swallow Motel image courtesy of Ben Fitzsimmons.
Are you looking for information about historic Route 66? Wondering where you can see advertising for motels along the road or find the story of a now closed attraction? Visit the recently launched National Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (Route 66 ARC) website and discover collections in your local area or across the United States. Serving as … Continue reading “Get Your Kicks” on the New Route 66 Archives and Research Website!