What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives

Coming 2020

The Autry in Griffith Park

About the Exhibition

The telling of every story starts in the archives. The Autry’s archives hold unknown or little-known stories of 20th century women who, standing on the shoulders of their Progressive era sisters, continued to address social needs, enrich communities, and make contributions in their chosen professions. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives will highlight five to six compelling stories of women as revealed from within the Autry’s library and archives collections. Walking through the exhibition, visitors will learn how women have documented their activities as way to preserve a legacy in their own voice and the archivist’s work to bring these stories to light.

The exhibition includes a social media component in collaboration with organizations, libraries, and archives across Los Angeles that aims to identify and promote women’s archival collections. Through blog posts, collections highlights, and Twitter posts, #ArchivingWomen will capture moments in the archives that focus on unpacking of archive boxes, but also the unpacking of women’s lives.

The #ArchivingWomen project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.