Autry Museum of the American West


In 1990, Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The law requires institutions receiving federal funds to consult with federally recognized Native tribes, Alaska Native Villages and Native Hawaiian Organizations to repatriate culturally affiliated human remains, funerary items, sacred objects and items of cultural patrimony. NAGPRA also requires institutions to send inventories and summaries to federally recognized Native entities and to the National NAGPRA Office. The Autry Museum complies with NAGPRA and actively seeks to consult and repatriate to Native American tribes. If you are a tribal representative interested in scheduling a NAGPRA consultation visit, please contact our NAGPRA Department at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Collection Spotlights

  • The Watercolor Works of Eva Scott Fenyes

    The History of Wells Fargo & Company
    The history of Wells Fargo & Company is inseparable from the history of the American West. The stagecoach and galloping team of six horses—the symbol that is synonymous with Wells Fargo—recalls a time when the stagecoach was the dominant means of long-distance overland transportation and communication.

  • The Watercolor Works of Eva Scott Fenyes

    The Motoring Explorer: Philip Johnston and the American Southwest
    The rise of auto tourism played out in the Auto Club’s member magazine—originally titled Touring Topics before a name change to Westways in 1934—especially in the work of Philip Johnston, the author of 120 articles between 1925 and 1962.

  • The Watercolor Works of Eva Scott Fenyes

    Capturing California’s Romantic Past: The Watercolor Works of Eva Scott Fenyes
    The Braun Research Library Collection houses more than three hundred watercolors of California adobes and California missions created by Eva Scott Fenyes. These works date from 1898 to a week before Mrs. Fenyes’s death in 1930.

  • The Colt Revolver in the American West

    The Colt Revolver in the American West
    The Colt revolver had a dramatic impact around the world, but its greatest influence was in the American West in the second half of the nineteenth century. This online exhibition features slideshows and the stories behind 130 Colt artifacts in the Autry's collection.

  • Spanish Songs of Old California

    Spanish Songs of Old California
    Charles Lummis, founder of Los Angeles's Southwest Museum, dedicated much of his life to preserving cultures that he felt were vanishing. Like a number of Americans at the turn of the twentieth century, Lummis was convinced that Native Americans’ lifeways were on the road to extinction, and that Hispanic cultures in particular were doomed by modernity. Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, Lummis lamented these developments and worked to preserve at least some records of Indian and Hispanic cultures.

  • Opera in the Autry Collections

    Opera in the Autry Collections
    This online exhibition draws on the collections of the Braun Research Library, the Autry Library, and the Autry. Featured items include a rare 1912 recording of French tenor Augustarello Affre recorded in Los Angeles by Charles F. Lummis and the libretto from La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) with music composed by Giacomo Puccini.

  • New Spain

    History and Cultures of Mexico and the Southwest
    The Autry National Center’s permanent collection of colonial Latin American artifacts includes objects that exemplify the material culture of New Spain's northern frontier or "borderlands." The traditional arts of the borderlands, which developed over generations, reflect regional diversities.

  • More Than a Dream: Aviation Development in Southern California

    More Than a Dream: Aviation Development in Southern California
    This online exhibition is from the collections of the Automobile Club of Southern California Archives.

  • More Than a Dream: Aviation Development in Southern California

    Theo Westenberger:
    A Woman of the West

    In 2010, the Libraries and Archives of the Autry National Center of the American West received a generous gift: the entire photographic work of Theo Westenberger (1950–2008).

Collections out on loan

Museums and cultural institutions interested in borrowing objects from the Autry, please download information sheet here.

  • L.C. Smith1935 Typewriter


    L.C. Smith manual typewriter used by western scriptwriter Francis Kavanaugh Hecker. Circa 1935. Donated by Ms. Frances Kavanaugh Hecker, Autry Museum, 97.149.1.

    On loan to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, TX. October 2014 – January 1, 2016 for an exhibit honoring 2014 Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Crossing the Milk River, 1853

    Crossing the Milk River, 1853

    Painting by John Mix Stanley, no date, oil on canvas. Scene of Indian families crossing river on canoes, young men mounted, background, shows trees, mountains and sky. Autry Museum; 88.108.33. Museum purchase.

    On loan to Painted Journeys: The Art of Tom Mix Stanley
    Buffalo Bill Center of the West Cody, WY, June – August 2015
    Gilcrease Museum Tulsa, OK, October 2015 – January 2016
    Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma, WA, February – May 2016

  • Migration

    Migration basket by Dat-So-La-Lee

    Washoe basket, made by Dat-So-La-Lee (Carson City, Nevada), circa 1899. Willow coiled on a three-rod willow foundation, design in redbud and bracken fern root. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry Museum; 2011.21.4. Donated by Mrs. Camilla Chandler Frost.

    On loan to On loan to Tahoe: A Visual History the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, August 22, 2015 - January 10, 2016.

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