Notice: The Autry will close at 3 p.m. on May 18, 2024. 

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L.A. Story

"[Los Angeles] can be as enjoyable as a kaleidoscope -- with a shake of the wrist, pieces of colored glass give you the illusion of a new rosette." ~ Simone de Beauvoir

The facets of Los Angeles include the lands and indigenous peoples belonging to a network of tribal villages; transformation of a pueblo turned major metropolis; development of one of the nation’s most diverse populations; and birthplace of the entertainment industry—to name a few. The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, founded in 1907, and the Assistance League of Los Angeles, founded in 1919, document these aspects of the L.A. story.

The Southwest Museum is the oldest museum in Los Angeles, and many of the archive collections highlighted in the What’s Her Story exhibit are from the museum’s library collection, now known as the Braun Research Library Collection.

The Assistance League of Los Angeles was started by a group of philanthropic socialites. The League’s activities reflected the city’s development throughout their 100+ year history.

What's Her Story: Women in the Archives Sponsors

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.