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Autry Institute Prizes

The Maverick Prize

The Autry Institute's Maverick Prize recognizes the work of an individual or organization that challenges conventional wisdom and prompts truly novel thinking about the past, present, and future of the American West. The winner of this prize receives $10,000 and an invitation to present the work at the Autry National Center.

Previous Winners

Maverick Prize I: Malpai Borderlands Group
The Malpai Borderlands Group is a nonprofit organization led by ranchers who live and work primarily in Southeast Arizona and Southwest New Mexico. Its goal is to restore and maintain the natural processes that create and protect a healthy, unfragmented landscape to support a diverse, flourishing community of human, plant, and animal life in the borderlands region.

Maverick Prize II: Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF)
AIISF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a greater understanding of Pacific Coast immigration and its role in shaping America's past, present, and future.

Nominations for Maverick Prize III are closed.

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The Autry Public History Prize

The Autry Public History Prize is awarded annually by the Western History Association to media, exhibits, public programs, or written works that contribute to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or serve as a model of professional public history practice in the history of the North American West. The award consists of a $1,000 prize and a certificate to the award recipient. For more information, please visit the Western History Association.

The Butcher Scholar Award

Established in 2001 by the Women of the West Museum, the Butcher Scholar Award honors the vision, leadership, and generosity of Jane and Charlie Butcher. The Award supports original research that promise to deepen our understanding of the history of diverse women in the historical and contemporary West.

Through the Butcher Scholar Award, the Autry has supported research projects in western women’s history of emerging and established scholars since 2002. Beginning in 2012-2013, the Autry will expand the Butcher Scholar Award to a public program showcasing an invited speaker whose work breaks new ground in the history of western women.

The Autry continues to fund scholarly research projects and encourages historians of western women to apply for one of the many fellowships opportunities listed at


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Calendar Highlights

Cowboy Lunch at the Autry: Cowboys and Comics
The boom years for television Westerns were the 1950s and 1960s. It was the same with comic books. The Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, and others...

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Route 66 Lost & Found
Los Angeles photographer Russell Olsen presents his multivolume book Route 66 Lost & Found: Ruins and Relics Revisited, which compares current photos of Route 66...

Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 2:00 pm

Cowboy Lunch at the Autry: Melody Ranch
A working studio since 1915, Melody Ranch is a legendary Hollywood backdrop that offers the sights and sounds of the Old West. It has been...

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 12:30 pm

Neon Cruise of Downtown L.A.
Developed to promote motels and diners to weary travelers before the days of smartphones and search engines, neon signs are part of the classic Route...

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 6:30 pm

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