Tag Archives: Charles Fletcher Lummis

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 Institute. The Cante Sica Foundation’s Boarding School Stories visual histories are invaluable additions to the Libraries and Archives of the Autry’s collections related to Indian […]

On the 25th Anniversary Timeline 1995: The Autry Research Center is open!

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Preservation and Access Gene Autry participated in many grand openings during his long public career, but given his great interest in preserving the history of the American West, one of his proudest moments may have been cutting the ribbon to the Research Center in May 1995. The ceremony marked our public opening and invited the […]

MS.605 Mary Hunter Austin Collection, 1868–1954

Photograph of American author Mary Hunter Austin, 1900. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.31989
Photograph of American author Mary Hunter Austin, 1900. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.31989
Part of the Series: Archives Ready and Set In continuation of the “Diamonds in the Rough” blog series, “Archives Ready and Set” will highlight the online finding aids and catalog records of the archive collections processed with a grant from the NHPRC. This award made it possible for the Libraries and Archives of the Autry to process over […]

The Importance of Accumulation or A Few of My Favorite Little Things

Lummis manuscript on the importance of accumulations, MS.1 Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers
Lummis manuscript on the importance of accumulations, MS.1 Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers
Part of a Series: Diamonds in the Rough Through a grant-​funded project awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Autry National Center sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over two years, ending in 2012. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems being […]

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 […]

Artifacts as Heirlooms: A Lummis Family Story

The trail building crew on Museum Hill at the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, December 10, 1908.  Keith Lummis is second from the left, at about four years old.  Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; SI.4
The trail building crew on Museum Hill at the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, December 10, 1908. Keith Lummis is second from the left, at about four years old. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; SI.4
To acknowledge the month of Charles Fletcher Lummis’s birthday, we asked poet and museum teacher Suzanne Lummis for an anecdote about her grandfather to go along with our March 1 post.

Happy Birthday to Charles F. Lummis, founder of the Southwest Museum!

Photograph of Charles F. Lummis at his desk, El Alisal, June 15, 1900.  Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.33874
Photograph of Charles F. Lummis at his desk, El Alisal, June 15, 1900. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.33874
Charles Fletcher Lummis was a visionary, an eager student, and an even more eager teacher. When we hear his name we usually think first of his strong character, but we must also remember him as a collector and the founder of a museum. Pictured here are some samples from his collection. Besides artifacts, Lummis also collected stories and […]

Repackaging a Delicate Treasure

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Sophie Hunter, collections associate for the Autry’s Southwest Museum Project, looks over a worn cardboard box marked “Mojave” to figure out how to unpack it. Inside is a confused mass of tissue, packing peanuts and bubble wrap, and inside that is an ancient-​looking ceramic urn with designs painted in red. Hunter knows it is not in one piece. […]