Carte-de-visite of Henry Ossian Flipper (1856–1940), the first African American graduate of West Point. 93.227.1
First opened to the research community in 1995, the Autry Library encourages study and research of the American West and its diverse peoples. The library’s collections and resources provide a historical, social, and cultural context for the artifact and archival collections of the Autry. In addition, the Autry Library serves as the research gateway to the collections of the museum.
The Autry Library collects books, serials, sound recordings, and printed materials related to the history, geography, fine arts, and material, popular, and consumer culture of the American West. Areas of strength include personal accounts of pioneer and cowboy life; ranching; tourism; women in the West; cowboy dress and equipment; Western literature, music, radio, television, and film history; and popular Western imagery.
Fred Rosenstock Collection of Western Americana
- The Rosenstock Collection of Western Americana consists of more than 21,000 works on paper. It includes books, manuscripts, diaries, and visual materials.
Dime Novel Collection
- Dime novels dating from the 1880s to the 1920s
Saddle and Western Wear Trade Catalogs
- Catalogs dating from the 1880s to the 1960s
Gene Autry Archive
- Comprehensive collection documenting the career and business interests of the Western star, media phenomenon, and founder of the Autry National Center
Western TV Script and Photographic Stills
One of America’s Finest: Vallejo Guest Ranch With Polo, brochure, circa 1950s. 95.32.1
- More than 1,200 scripts, most annotated by producers, editors, cinematographers, or actors
- Extensive stills collection documenting Western TV series from 1949 to the 1990s
Dude Ranch Brochures
- Dating from the 1920s to the 1960s
The Autry Library encourages the use of library and museum collections by both visiting and remote researchers. Research fellowships are available by application. Librarians will answer questions for remote users via e-mail, telephone, and letter.
Access to the Autry Library is by appointment only.
Appointments for research are available on select weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., holidays excluded. Please see the research rules and application for more details.
The library is located at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California.
You may contact a librarian to ask a question or get more information about the collections:
Phone: 323.667.2000, ext. 349
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Why History Matters
The latest in UCLAâs Why History Matters series, this panel discussion asks, What can we sayâin light of the history that Jews in the Los...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:00 pm
Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp
Ann Kirschner presents her biography of Josephine Marcus Earp.
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 2:00 pm
American Indian Culture Family Day
The Natwani Coalition, a group of Hopi organizations committed to sustaining their farming traditions, will demonstrate how Hopi meals are made...
Sunday, Jun 2, 2013 1:00 pm
The Fab Five: Selections From the Braun Research Library
Liza Posas, Head Librarian at the Braun Research Library, will discuss five of her favorite collections from among the libraryâs 100,000 holdings. Posas...
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 1:00 pm
Book Talk With Craig Johnson
The Autry welcomes back Craig Johnson and the latest installment of his Sheriff Walt Longmire mysteries, A Serpentâs Tooth, in which Longmire gets more...