The Autry Files

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

August 7, 2020

What Is This Object? Episode 3

Collections / What Is This

Hosted by Joe Horse Capture, the Autry's Vice President of Native Collections and the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture, this new video series is part "Kids Say the Darndest Things," part history lesson. Horse Capture takes objects from the Autry's collections and asks kids what they think it could be. At the end of the video, he turns it over to an Autry expert to explain the history behind the object. Test yourself and see if you can figure it out before the big reveal. Read more

August 3, 2020

Griffith Park Yarnscape 7: How to Crochet a Party Sign

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

August 3, 2020

Comidas Mexicanas: Sharing Multicultural Foodways

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

By Christina Hummel-Colla, Library Collections Assistant

It is no surprise, given that I was born and raised in Los Angeles, that Mexican American food has always occupied a special place in my heart and stomach. When I left to study abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I packed a bottle of hot sauce to ensure that I would have a flavor to remind me of home. All this to say, I was delighted when my colleagues and I began to explore... Read more

July 24, 2020

What Is This Object? Episode 2

Collections / What Is This

Hosted by Joe Horse Capture, the Autry's Vice President of Native Collections and the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture, this new video series is part "Kids Say the Darndest Things," part history lesson. Horse Capture takes objects from the Autry's collections and asks kids what they think it could be. Hilarity and cuteness ensues. At the end of the video, he turns it over to an Autry expert to explain the history behind the object. Test yourself and see if you can figure it out before the big reveal. Read more

July 22, 2020

Collecting Community History Initiative: Juneteenth in Leimert Park, CA

African American Communities / Collection Initiative
By Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern for The Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative

In June of this year, the Autry launched its Collecting Community History Initiative:  BLM Protests in the West  and offered its solidarity ... Read more

July 20, 2020

A Chicano Artist Takes on COVID: Harry Gamboa Jr.

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

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Harry Gamboa Jr. (born 1951) is an essayist, photographer, director, and performance artist internationally recognized for the combination of activism and social critique that informs his work. An organizer of the East LA Walkouts of 1968 and founder of the avant-garde art collective ASCO (active 1972–1987), Gamboa considers the city streets to be his studio. Unlike most Angelenos however, Gamboa prefers to walk or use public... Read more