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August 17, 2021

Panel Discussion: Archives, Community Representation and Why It Matters

Collections / Community / Revealing Women in the Archives

On August 15, 2021, we hosted a hybrid panel discussion that brought together civic leaders, librarians, and archivists who are working collaboratively with communities and their archives to create a fully representative record of their experiences and history. Archives are created to document the human experience and societies. They are everywhere and made by everyone. Despite this, representation in institutional archives is an ever-present challenge that is tied to which stories are deemed relevant and which are overlooked. Scroll for a video of the previously recorded panel.Panelists... Read more

August 9, 2021

Jane Withers, 1926-2021

Collections / Revealing Women in the Archives

By: Caroline Sheehan, 2018-2019 Autry/Occidental College intern; Liza Posas, Head, Research Services and Archives

Jane Withers, actor, philanthropist, and doll collector, passed away Saturday August 9, 2021. She was surrounded by her family and friends. A testament to the range of her life’s achievements can be found everywhere: in newspaper and magazine articles, film reel footage, and in archive collections like those held at the Autry.

Jane Withers was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 12, 1926. Her mother, Ruth, dreamt of having a child star, and gave her the name Jane... Read more