The Autry Files

April 24, 2020

The Stories Found When #ArchivingWomen

Collections / Revealing Women in the Archives
By: Victoria Bernal, Women in the Archives Social Media Manager and Liza Posas, Head of Research Services and Archives In January, the Autry embarked on a year-long Revealing Women in the Archives initiative that celebrates the 2020 centennial of women winning the vote by facilitating the discovery of women’s historical contributions. Through programming, a workshop series, a social media campaign and the exhibition, What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives... Read more
April 21, 2020

Luke Erickson: Floating World: Pacific Coast Highway


Minneapolis-based photographer Luke Erickson’s Floating World: Pacific Coast Highway series captures an altogether unexpected view of that iconic stretch of road, California’s fabled Pacific Coast Highway. Drawing on his experience as a Hollywood location scout, Erickson explores aspects of place integral to our experience but all too often overlooked; the parking lots, signage, fences, roadside detritus and other aspects of the urban infrastructure.

The result is a striking combination of the extraordinary and the mundane; scenes that are all too familiar are reimagined... Read more

April 21, 2020

Safety First With Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Collections / Library and Archives

By Mallory Furnier, former Autry Project Archivist

Many Roy Rogers and Dale Evans promotions revolved around their licensed merchandise, though not every publicity bonanza centered on branded products. Rogers and Evans also made their name as champions of a variety of charities. Beginning first in the late 1940s, the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Safety Slogan Contest and School Safety Awards encouraged schools and individual students to consider safety issues and prevent accidents. It is unclear when the contests ended and how much they overlapped, but both appeared with regularity until... Read more

April 20, 2020

Is this a Western? (Episode 4): Jurassic Park 

Is This a Western

This week a college professor asks if the now-classic dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park is a Western. Read more

April 20, 2020

Generosity in Unprecedented Times

Autry Campaign

By: Jenny Davidson-Goldbronn, Senior Director of Development

Donors Bruce and Carol Johnston share what they love about the Autry, why they joined the Autry’s premier recognition society Curator's Circle , and why they did so now amidst unprecedented times.

Bruce and Carol have enjoyed Autry exhibitions, cultural activities, and special events for years, including ... Read more

April 17, 2020

America's Favorite Singing Cowboy

By: Victor Phillips, Director of Membership and Visitor Services

By the time Gene Autry realized his dream to open a museum that would tell the stories of the American West, his list of accomplishments was monumental. Sgt. Gene Autry proudly served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, where, among his duties, he ferried fuel, ammunition, and arms to Allied forces in the China-India-Burma theater. He was a successful businessman—his holdings included television and radio stations, music publishing corporations, and film production companies. In 1960 he purchased a... Read more

April 17, 2020

Aloha Friday: Truman’s Tropical Duds

Aloha Friday / Collections

Over the past four years we have been working on Dress Codes , an exhibition that looks at clothing and street fashions that emerged from Western work, communities, traditions, and social movements and which are now adapted around the world.

The Autry’s mission is to tell the diverse stories of the American West. We support a community where all feel welcome and safe. When we started this project, we did not foresee how Aloha shirts, whose long history we explore in this... Read more

April 16, 2020

L.A. Poets in Place: Neighborhoods

L.A. Poets in Place

“What makes a good poem of place?” asked Nikolai Garcia , Assistant Editor of Dryland Literary Journal. Is it tied to personal identity? Does it change if your writing about a place familiar or unknown?

“Poetry makes the old new and makes the new familiar” said Jenise Miller quoting Kevin Young, Poetry Editor of the New Yorker .

L.A. Poets in Place kicked off Friday, April 10 with over 100 people in attendance. The theme was neighborhoods and... Read more

April 14, 2020

Plants in the Archives?

By Cheryl Miller, Head, Library Metadata and Discovery Services; Liza Posas, Head, Research Services and Archives; Christina Hummel-Colla, Library Collections Assistant

While a museum Library and Archives might seem like the last place to find native California plants and trees, there actually is a virtual garden in the stacks. First, there is the manuscript collection of Frank A. Schilling, a member of the Conservation Association of Los Angeles County, founded in 1924 after a summer of devastating mountain wildfires. Schilling gave a series of lectures at the... Read more

April 14, 2020

Is This a Western? (Episode 3) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Is This a Western
This week Josh responds to a high school teacher who asks if Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a Western. Read more