May 26, 2020

The Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19 Family Photos

Collection Initiative / Community

By: Tyree Boyd-Pates, Assoc. Curator of the Western History

Last week, our Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19 highlighted a diverse and cultural array of Face Masks submissions that we've received from across the West. Similarly this week's blog post highlights the diversity of family photography across the West during COVID-19.

Across the West, shelter-in-place orders have been placed, causing significant interruptions to how families—and their routines—operate. Considerate of those families, we wanted to offer glimpses into how families are... Read more

May 15, 2020

The Red Cross Shop of Los Angeles: Community Involvement in a Time of Crisis

Collections / Community / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Christina Hummel-Colla, Library Collections Assistant

Post-apocalyptic visions of a world populated by marauding bandits notwithstanding, examples of human bonding and mutual aid in times of crisis abound in our shared past and present. Despite the current need for social distancing, volunteers sew masks at home, offer one another support over voice and video chat, and donate their time and resources to help fulfill needs that may otherwise go unmet by existing infrastructures. This spirit of unity and aid echoes that which animated past movements mobilized to confront crisis,... Read more

May 11, 2020

The Autry’s Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19

Collection Initiative / Collections / Community

By Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator

Several weeks ago, we launched our Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19 . Within that time, we have received a slew of submissions. This week’s blog post highlights the diversity of the masks across the West.

As states have required individuals to wear face masks in public, communities of all sorts are using their creativity to design their homemade facemasks to free-up other PPE masks for medical... Read more

May 11, 2020

Sheltering in Place: Photographs from the Autry Collection

Collections / Community

By Sarah Signorovitch (Registrar, Loans and Exhibitions) and Julia Tcharfas (Collections Cataloger)

Since mid-March the Autry Museum, like many other similar institutions, has been closed to visitors and non-essential staff as we follow California state and local directives and do our part to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Our local response in Los Angeles is called “Safer at Home” and, in addition to the extremely vital work of healthcare providers, allows for grocery stores, hardware stores and other businesses supplying essential services to stay... Read more

April 29, 2020

Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19

Collection Initiative / Collections / Community
Focus: A preservation initiative to assist communities across the American West on saving and protecting objects of meaning.

By: Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator of Western History

The Autry Museum of the American West is helping communities across the West identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting April 27, the Autry is launching its Collecting Community History: A Regional Collections Initiative of Exploration and Preservation . It is the first in a series of efforts to... Read more

April 21, 2020

Safety First With Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Collections / Community / Library and Archives

By Mallory Furnier, former Autry Project Archivist

Many Roy Rogers and Dale Evans promotions revolved around their licensed merchandise, though not every publicity bonanza centered on branded products. Rogers and Evans also made their name as champions of a variety of charities. Beginning first in the late 1940s, the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Safety Slogan Contest and School Safety Awards encouraged schools and individual students to consider safety issues and prevent accidents. It is unclear when the contests ended and how much they overlapped, but both appeared with regularity until... Read more

April 20, 2020

Generosity in Unprecedented Times

Autry Campaign / Community

By: Jenny Davidson-Goldbronn, Senior Director of Development

Donors Bruce and Carol Johnston share what they love about the Autry, why they joined the Autry’s premier recognition society Curator's Circle , and why they did so now amidst unprecedented times.

Bruce and Carol have enjoyed Autry exhibitions, cultural activities, and special events for years, including ... Read more

April 1, 2020

The Autry Donates Personal Protection Equipment to Area Hospitals

Collections / Community

In recent weeks, we have all been hearing about a shortage in many US hospitals of the personal protection equipment needed to protect healthcare workers as they care for sick patients. Museum staff, compelled by these stories, rallied to donate surplus supplies already on hand to hospitals in need. I’m pleased to share that, to date, the Autry has donated almost 200 N95 masks and 13,000 pairs of gloves to three area hospitals. While a modest gesture, we wanted to do anything we could for the community at large. Read more