The Maverick Magic of Undisciplined Collaboration

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Undisciplined Research Project participants share their findings and thoughts at the inaugural Undisciplined Conversation. From left to right: Institute director David Burton, photographer Pamela Peters, art historian Yve Chavez, playwright Laura Shamas, and historian Preston McBride.
By Stephen Aron 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. From its inception in 2002, the Autry’s Institute for the Study of the American West strove to bring the most exciting […]

Legacy and Loss: Stories From the Indian Boarding School

A group of Apaches upon arrival at Genoa  Indian Industrial School. Courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society, RG4422-01-71
A group of Apaches upon arrival at Genoa Indian Industrial School. Courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society, RG4422-01-71
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’s Institute for the Study of the American West. As many of you know, Native Voices is the resident theatre company of the Autry National Center of […]

The Voices in Boarding School Documents

The Sandpainter: Published in the Interest of Student Activities at Albuquerque Indian School, volume 2, number 10, February 29, 1936. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center
The Sandpainter: Published in the Interest of Student Activities at Albuquerque Indian School, volume 2, number 10, February 29, 1936. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center
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’s Institute for the Study of the American West. The Cante Sica Foundation’s Boarding School Stories visual histories are invaluable additions to the Libraries and Archives of […]

The Healing Power of One’s Own Story

The Sherman Institute at Riverside, California, 1903, Sunset Photo Engraving Co. Silver gelatin print. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; A.68.18
The Sherman Institute at Riverside, California, 1903, Sunset Photo Engraving Co. Silver gelatin print. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; A.68.18
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’s Institute for the Study of the American West. There are moments in your life that alter your perceptions and relationships. Most of us are aware […]

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’s Institute for the Study of the American West. In 2012, a film that Randy Vasquez directed and I produced, called The Thick Dark Fog, was broadcast nationwide […]

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.