From the museum’s earliest exhibitions to its latest collection endeavors, the Autry has continually focused on amplifying Women of the West voices. Its latest effort is the Revealing Women in the Archives initiative, which includes the installation of the What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives exhibition. The initiative and exhibition not only reinforce the Autry’s commitment but also complement a proliferation of online women’s history resources created by the museum’s education, programs, media, and library and archives departments.
The Revealing Women in the Archives blog stories provide a deeper dive into the figures behind the What’s Her Story exhibition, such as:
Other historic women’s stories, mostly featuring Autry collections, are also the focus of these blogs and include screen writer Frances Kavanaugh, women of the suffrage movement, and the cooks of Comidas Mexicanas.
Click here to the see the full list of Revealing Women in the Archives blog stories.
In October 2020, the What’s Her Story exhibition inspired Versos y Besos: The Anthrophony of Manuela Garcia, a collaborative project between scholars, artists, and activists. Manuela Garcia was a local Los Angeles resident and musician. Her life and work are further discussed in an Autry Artist Salon and an Artist Conversation with the Verso y Besos group. Other recorded events at the Autry include conversations with Native artists, community groups, and scholars. Some highlights include:
More Autry Programs that examine the lives of women throughout the West can be seen on the Autry’s YouTube channel.
Through a series of videos, the Autry’s Head of Research Services and Archives, Liza Posas, unpacks the archives and highlights the behind-the-scenes (and often unseen) work of those who process the primary sources that lead to the heart of every story.