“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!

Musician and GRAMMY® Nominated Composer Tom Peters to Perform at the Autry

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On Thursday, March 26, musician and composer Tom Peters will perform a new soundtrack for The Iron Horse (1924) at the Autry’s Wells Fargo Theater. Trained as a solo double bassist, Peters specializes in experimental classical music and ambient electronic music. He has performed with Southwest Chamber Music since 1998 and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra since … Continue reading Musician and GRAMMY® Nominated Composer Tom Peters to Perform at the Autry

A Television Bonanza

TV Time, volume 4, number 32, January 19-25, 1952.  Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; MSA.24, Box 48
TV Time, volume 4, number 32, January 19-25, 1952. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives, Autry Library, Autry National Center; MSA.24, Box 48
For those who still watch television on a traditional television screen, access to an entire TV schedule is often just a quick press of a button away today. In mid-to late-twentieth century America, planning out your TV viewing depended on the printed pages of a television guide.