Autry National Center


The Autry Institute

The Autry Institute promotes research and educational activities, encourages the development of pathbreaking scholarship, and reaches a broad audience through programs and publications.

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    Libraries and Archives of the Autry

    The Libraries and Archives of the Autry provides access to one of the nation’s most comprehensive book, archival, and artifact collections on Native American cultures and the history of the American West through its two research libraries.
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    Women of the West

    The Women of the West project at the Autry supports programs, exhibitions, collections, research, and education dedicated to diverse women’s experiences in the West.

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    Programs and Public Events

    Programs and Public Events produces a wide variety of lectures, workshops, symposia, plays, concerts, film series, artist demonstrations, and family festivals that augment our exhibitions and galleries.

  • Prizes


    The Institute currently offers three awards: the Maverick Prize, the Autry Public History Prize, and the Butcher Scholar Award.

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    Autry research fellowships are awarded annually to support scholarly projects in all areas of the study of the peoples and cultures of the American West.

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    The Autry’s large museum collections include art, artifacts, archaeological materials, photographs, manuscript collections, maps, books, sound recordings, and ephemera. Library, archive and museum collections are available to researchers by appointment and application only. Find out more about our research resources when you search our library catalog and digital database, Collections Online.  Please contact the Libraries and Archives for “Researcher Access” to view additional records not in the public view This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Items from the collections

Learn more about the Autry's collections and explore our Collections Online database to see images of the fascinating art, objects, photographs, and documents in our collections. Your research project may require “researcher level” access to view catalog records not yet in the public view. Please contact a librarian to request an id and password at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Calendar Highlights

Why History Matters: Historians in Unexpected Places
Beyond contributing to educational institutions, historians have a role to play in national parks, the entertainment industry, military policy, and many other aspects of contemporary...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Reimagining the Future of the Mt. Washington Campus
Led by L.A.–based architect Mark Stankard, fifth-year architecture students from Woodbury University reimagine a future for the historic Southwest Museum campus in this installation featuring...

Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00 am

Change and Continuity: The Impact of Intertribal Trade on Material Culture
Does a European glass bead become a Native American object when used as part of a traditional design on a moccasin? Why were strings of...

Saturday, May 17, 2014 2:00 pm

Cowboy Lunch at the Autry: John Wayne: A Salute to the Duke
From “B” Western star to Academy Award–winning icon, John Wayne towered above his co-stars and his competitors. Even thirty-five years after his passing, Wayne is...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:30 pm

Quarterly Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Take a tour of the Collections Conservation Project at the Autry's historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus.

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 1:00 pm

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