Monthly Archives: April 2012

Gabrielle Burton Examines the Struggles of Women Like Herself

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In the 1970s, when her own brood of five girls was growing up, author Gabrielle Burton became fascinated with Tamsen Donner, the matriarch of one of the families of the Donner Party, the doomed group of pioneers that in 1846 joined a wagon train heading to California and got lost in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where … Continue reading Gabrielle Burton Examines the Struggles of Women Like Herself

Go West Book Fest This Weekend!

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Please come visit us this Sunday, April 29th from 11a.m. to 5p.m. for the Go West Book Fest! Some of us will be live in person for this: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m.. 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. Uncover the Story (15 minutes each) Members of the Autry Libraries staff, share their work and discuss how they discover … Continue reading Go West Book Fest This Weekend!

A Facebook Conversation With Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano, in his element at Taqueria Zamora (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Gustavo Arellano, in his element at Taqueria Zamora (Photo by Tessie Borden)
If you missed it Wednesday, here’s a transcript of our Facebook chat with Gustavo Arellano, slightly edited for order. Thanks to Yadhira De Leon for moderating! Let’s welcome ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist, OC Weekly editor, and author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Gustavo Arellano! In this thread, he will answer our questions about Mexican … Continue reading A Facebook Conversation With Gustavo Arellano

2012 Playwrights Retreat — Writing Is…

This year at the Native Voices Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays we will be working with 6 talented playwrights, each coming from very different backgrounds and with incredibly unique voices. In an attempt to dip into the minds of these playwrights we asked them to complete the statement “Writing is…” and tell us how they develop their stories … Continue reading 2012 Playwrights Retreat — Writing Is…

As American as July 4th — on May 5th

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It’s true that Cinco de Mayo is more popular and more celebrated in California than in Mexico, where the Battle of Puebla that it commemorates actually took place. But contrary to popular belief, that is not because of U.S. Latinos’ flimsy grasp of history, says David Hayes-​Bautista. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Hayes-​Bautista, an … Continue reading As American as July 4th — on May 5th

Researching The Frontier of Leisure at the Libraries and Archives of the Autry

“The Del Valle Girls.” This was one of many photos Lummis took at Camulos. It appears that the del Valles and their friends found Lummis as interesting as he found them, and returned his self-assurance in kind. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.34387
“The Del Valle Girls.” This was one of many photos Lummis took at Camulos. It appears that the del Valles and their friends found Lummis as interesting as he found them, and returned his self-assurance in kind. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.34387
The libraries and archives of the Autry National Center contain a vast collection of materials on the history of California and the American West. As a graduate student at UCLA, and as a recipient of a summer research fellowship, a visiting scholar fellowship, and former employee of the libraries and archives of the Autry, I have had the opportunity to utilize … Continue reading Researching The Frontier of Leisure at the Libraries and Archives of the Autry

Gustavo Arellano, the Original “Mexican” Columnist, Answers Questions About Mexican Food in the U.S.

Gustavo Arellano makes a point (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Gustavo Arellano makes a point (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Updated April 18, 2012 — I had a chance this month to chat with Gustavo Arellano, the original “¡Ask a Mexican!” columnist and now OC Weekly editor, about Mexican food in the U.S., the subject of his new book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Arellano is one of the featured speakers at the Go West Book … Continue reading Gustavo Arellano, the Original “Mexican” Columnist, Answers Questions About Mexican Food in the U.S.

Curating Scraps of the Past

Scrapbook cover, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2010-28.
Scrapbook cover, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive, Autry Library, Autry National Center; T2010-28.
Part of a Series: Exploring the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive The Autry Institute is currently processing the generously donated business archive of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. At the beginning of each month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature highlights from the collection in anticipation of the processing’s completion. What do Roy Rogers and … Continue reading Curating Scraps of the Past