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 boarding schools. They unite past experiences with present perspectives, adding an additional layer of knowledge to a topic too often rooted solely in a historical point of view. Together with the contextualization provided by other library and archival materials, they allow researchers the opportunity to more fully explore a lived experience. And by ensuring the accessibility of the personal narratives of individuals brave and generous enough to share their voices, earlier printed research materials join with the present through the vibrant, living element of contemporary voices.
In 1897 Charles Fletcher Lummis purchased land in the Arroyo Seco area of northeast Los Angeles. Here he began construction of his home, El Alisal, meaning “place of the sycamores.”
“The clue is in the question.” (Les Dawson, 1931–1993)
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 … Continue reading On the 25th Anniversary Timeline 1995: The Autry Research Center is open!
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 … Continue reading MS.605 Mary Hunter Austin Collection, 1868–1954
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 … Continue reading The Importance of Accumulation or A Few of My Favorite Little Things
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
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.
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 … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Charles F. Lummis, founder of the Southwest Museum!
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. … Continue reading Repackaging a Delicate Treasure