Tag Archives: Gene Autry

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 […]

A Gene Autry Valentine

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Gene Autry, young fans and a television set. Almost everything we need to know about Autry’s success is captured in this one moment. Autry understood the value of connecting with his fans, maintaining a personal appearance schedule through the early 1960s that continues to amaze. He delighted in visiting children everywhere he went and here, in 1953, […]

Connections in Collections

Texas Jim Lewis and his Lone Star Cowboys, with Smokey Rogers in front, circa 1935. Smokey Rogers and Maymie Anderson Papers, 1931–2003, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MSA.36
Texas Jim Lewis and his Lone Star Cowboys, with Smokey Rogers in front, circa 1935. Smokey Rogers and Maymie Anderson Papers, 1931–2003, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MSA.36
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 brought […]

Flash and Dazzle! Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors’ Archive

Nudie and his famous silver dollar-studded car. Autry National Center; 97.148.24
Nudie and his famous silver dollar-studded car. Autry National Center; 97.148.24
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 sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over the next two years. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems brought to light by NHPRC […]

Rudolph the Red-​Nosed Reindeer

T87-36-706, Gene Autry Archives, Autry National Center, MSA.28
T87-36-706, Gene Autry Archives, Autry National Center, MSA.28
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 sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over the next two years. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems brought to light by NHPRC […]

And Now, a Word From Our Intern

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Editor’s note: Alie Chavez, now in her junior year at Loyola Marymount University, worked for ten weeks this summer under the direction of Marlene Head, the Autry’s director of publications, as the 2011 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern in Publications. Among other things, she helped produce a stylebook for all Autry publications. As her last internship project at […]

Thousands (Really!) Came to Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy

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The Autry’s first-​ever celebration of National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl drew thousands of fans eager to spend a sunny day experiencing all things cowboy. And the littlest cowboys and cowgirls seemed to have the most fun, between the leatherbraiding workshop, panning for “gold” on the sluices, or learning trick roping from the experts. “I […]

Al Shelton, Leatherworker to the Stars, Reflects on his Life and Art

Leatherwork artist Al Shelton at the Autry
Leatherwork artist Al Shelton at the Autry
Al Shelton, the master leatherwork artist to the stars who celebrated his 90th birthday at the Autry last Sunday, took a little time to talk with me about how he became interested in this craft and art. Although he worked with a lot of movie stars and big personalities, he said he never thought of himself as a flashy […]

Richardson Part of The Autry’s Hip New Generation

Yesterday’s New York Times carried a story about the new crop of museum curators of Manhattan, whose vision is attracting younger, hipper audiences with shows like the Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective on the work of filmmaker Tim Burton. The Autry’s Jeffrey Richardson has been interviewed for a similar planned story in the Los Angeles Times. And […]