The Autry Files

September 25, 2020

Way to a Heart: How Pandemic Cooking Re-United a Family

Collections / Community / DIY / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives
By Christina Lehua Hummel-Colla, Library Collections Assistant

Since childhood, one of my favorite social activities has been cooking and baking with friends and loved ones. In high school, I baked cakes, cookies, and even a flan with two of my best friends. As an undergrad, I would squeeze into the dormitory’s kitchen to make treats with my roommate and our shared friends. Over the past year, I have learned whole new ways of cooking with two members of my chosen family, Molly and Timber. Neither of them eats eggs, and Molly maintains a vegan and gluten free diet. When we cook together, we... Read more

September 24, 2020

How the Pandemic Formed a Family

Collections / Community / DIY / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives
By: Keisha Raines, Communications and Digital Marketing Manager

I wouldn’t call myself a great cook. I have signature dishes, but I also still have to Google “how to hard boil an egg” because I never commit the sequence and time to memory. I wouldn’t even say I enjoy cooking because most the time I was cooking for one and where’s the fun in that? Before the pandemic, I made quick meals in between work and going out. Usually eggs in some form or a stir fry. I prepared salads for work lunches that I would eat at my desk, shoving greens into my mouth like some sort of deranged rabbit. On the... Read more

September 15, 2020

Happy Birthday to the Adventurous Caroline Boeing Poole

Collections / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Victoria Bernal, Women in the Archives Social Media Manager

Before the Autry received her personal papers in 2018, little was widely known about socialite Caroline Boeing Poole, including her birthday. Born in Detroit on September 16, 1884, Caroline Boeing Poole was mostly remembered for the books she commissioned, her unparalleled collection of Native American baskets and an elegant oil-painted portrait of her in a blue evening gown that once hung in the National Portrait Gallery.

General biographic details could be surmised from past headlines that... Read more

September 10, 2020

Megan Thee Stallion: Rap, Anime, and the Imagined West

African American Communities

By Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern for the Autry’s Collecting Community History Initiative

The Autry is preparing for a new exhibit, slated to open in 2021, called Imagined Wests . What does that even mean? How does one imagine the American West? There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; your answers may vary based on how old you are or where you live. We are all connected to the West in more ways than one may think. There is an interconnectedness that reaches far past American soil, and many artists use their platforms to... Read more

September 1, 2020

Versos y Besos: The Anthrophony of Manuela Garcia

Collections / Latinx Communities / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Suzanne Garcia, Director, Las Colibri Mariachi Ensemble and Marissa Lopez, Professor of English and Chicana/x Studies, UCLA

This weekend, as protests roil the U.S. and the country is called to account for its history of systemic racism and violence against people of color, we are proud to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chicano moratorium against the Vietnam War. On this historical day, Las Colibrí is proud to premiere “Versos del Alba,” a live recording and interpretation of lyrics taken from the 1901 journal of Manuela C. García.

García was a... Read more

August 24, 2020

Invisible Labor: The Telling is Easy

Collections / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Christina Lehua Hummel-Colla, Library Collections Assistant

“Whether she walked a short way or a long way, the telling is easy, but the journey was hard.”

—Vasilisa the Beautiful, Russian Fairy Tales

The first thing my colleagues and I noticed about the Mole Poblano recipe that Señora Librado Garcia contributed to Comidas Mexicanas is its brevity. Nine ingredients. Four lines of instructions. Having never prepared a mole before, I tried to start my work earlier in the evening, intending to have a good... Read more

August 20, 2020

Linda Martell: Country Music’s Hidden Gem

African American Communities

Linda Martell's presentation as a singer showed an overlap between R&B and C&W in the 1960s and '70s.

By Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern for the Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative

Country music often serves as the soundtrack of the American West. Its sound reaches audiences not only in the West but in all corners of our country. While interning at the Autry this summer, I dug up a... Read more

August 19, 2020

Striking Distance

Community / Latinx Communities

By Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts

In this second series of pandemic-inspired portraits, the LA-born Chicano artist and activist Harry Gamboa Jr. explores how the wearing of masks—a necessary facet of public life in the time of Covid-19—affects how we express ourselves and relate to one another during a crisis; how we communicate without speaking and perceive those we cannot fully see.

These nineteen portraits feature students, friends, colleagues, and collaborators of the artist... Read more

August 17, 2020

The Suffrage Stories Connected Through the Archives

Collections / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Victoria Bernal, Women in the Archives Social Media Manager

To celebrate the centennial of the 19 th Amendment, the Autry launched a year-long campaign to draw attention to the women’s stories found in the archives (#ArchivingWomen). With the 100th anniversary upon us, this is a small sampling of suffrage stories spread throughout different archive collections, including collections found at the Autry.

In the book Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources , Sherry Katz explained her process of having to “research around other subjects” in order to piece... Read more

August 14, 2020

Griffith Park Yarnscape 8: How to Crochet an Earthworm

DIY / Exhibitions

Have you had enough passive screen-time and want to make something with your hands, maybe learning a new skill in the process? Join us in contributing to a gallery display of Griffith Park in crochet, with the help of these how-to videos.  

As part of our exhibition Investigating Griffith Park we’re inviting the Autry community to make pieces to represent various aspects of the park, from nature to recreational activities, and mail them into the Autry (or drop them off in person once the... Read more