Primary Source Collections

Autry Collections by time period, communities and topics of the American West. The Autry collections don't tell the full story, but provide a part of story of the American West. The objects in each Collection Topic were chosen to convey the various stories of the West but were also chosen for to encompass various time periods when possible, a variety of mediums, and different subject matter - ie. objects, landscapes, people. Both students and teachers can use the primary sources for more in-depth study of certain topics and for presentations.


Lessons for Primary Sources from the Autry Collections:


Teaching Tips

  • Curate: Students choose 3 objects from the Collections Topics (topic assigned by the teacher) and write why they chose those objects to represent the topic.
  • Compare: Students choose 2 objects from the Collections Topics (topic assigned by the teacher) and compare the stories told in each object.
  • Corroborate: Students choose 1 object from the Collections Topics (topic assigned by the teacher) and write down the story it tells. Students then find 1 additional object that corroborates or supports the same story and explains how or why.

 

Black Americans in the West

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Agriculture Advertisements

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California Missions

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California Statehood and Early CA

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Chinese Americans in the West

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Civil War

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"Exploration" in the West

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Gold Rush

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Homes in the West

COMING SOON!

Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the West

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Mexican - American War

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Spanish and Mexican Ranchos

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Spanish California

COMING SOON!

Towns in the West

COMING SOON!

Women in the West

COMING SOON!

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Citations

For Citing Autry Collections, please use the following format:

[First sentence of Remarks], [Maker if not in remarks]. [Credit line], Autry Museum; Object ID #. [Hyperlink].

Examples:

Photograph of a mission document with the signature of Father Junipero Serra, California, early 1900s. Gift of Mr. George Wharton James, Autry Museum; P.18695. http://collections.theautry.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=M43924;type=102

Mission Indian basket tray, probably Cahuilla, sumac coiled on a deergrass bundle foundation, design in natural juncus, acquired by the Museum 1939. The George Wharton James Collection, Autry Museum; 421.G.1466. http://collections.theautry.org/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=M132136;type=101 


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