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.

Route 66 Lost & Found

Cadiz Summit California Exhibit  Then (From the collection of Russell Olsen)
Cadiz Summit California Exhibit Then (From the collection of Russell Olsen)
Photographer Russell Olsen was first drawn to Route 66 in 1995—ten years after its decommission—on a road trip from Los Angeles to Chicago.  Fourteen years, seven complete trips, and several books later, Olsen is still taking pictures of the route, and he has developed a motto: “Slow down, get off the interstate, and experience America.”