Autry Museum of the American West

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Collections Online

The Autry’s Collections Online is a database containing data and images of items from the collections of our museums, libraries, and archives. It is the public interface to our ongoing digitization program, which seeks to digitize our entire collections. Collections Online currently includes records and images for over 50,000 items.

Materials found online include art, artifacts such as tools and utensils used in daily life and ranching, decorative arts, firearms and armaments, clothing and accessories, cultural materials including our large American Indian ethnographic collections, historic photographs and photographs from Western movies, manuscript collections, ephemera, and books.

Each year our digitization program strives to delve deeper into the collections to allow the public to see and learn about the wide variety of items in the Autry’s holdings. Your research project may require “researcher level” access to view catalog records not yet in the public view. Please contact a librarian to request an ID and password at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Library and Archives Catalog

The Libraries and Archive’s Library catalog is a more traditional research tool than Collections Online. The library catalog provides access to records for more than 80,000 books, journals, sound recordings, video recordings, ephemera, and manuscript collections. Users will find search results in a familiar library catalog format and can create, save, and send lists of resources for future use. There are also links to OCLC WorldCat, a bibliographic database that enables users anywhere to locate a book in a local library.


NOTICE: Libraries and Archives Temporary Closure and Location Change

In preparation for moving to the Resources Center of the Autry, our new, state-of-the-art research and collections care facility in Burbank, the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library are now closed to visiting researchers and research fellows. Please check back here for the updates about our official opening date. You may continue to contact us via e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , read about the Libraries and Archives on the Autry blog, and follow us on Twitter @LA_autry. We look forward to seeing you in our new home!

COLLECTIONS ONLINE

Items from the collections

Learn more about the Autry's collections and explore our Collections Online database to see images of the fascinating art, objects, photographs, and documents in our collections. Your research project may require “researcher level” access to view catalog records not yet in the public view. Please contact a librarian to request an id and password at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Collections out on loan

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

  • Lunch Box

    Printed with color picture of Gene Autry on rearing Champion in desert ranch landscape; Autry's lariat encircles words "Gene Autry;" Sides and back printed to resemble cowhide. Name, "J. Cramer" scratched into interior lid. Autry Museum; 86.16.1. Donated by Mr. Jimmy Glover

    On loan to On loan to The Bullock Texas State History Museum November 30, 2015 – November 30, 2016, as part of their Texas Cowboy Theater core gallery display.

  • Beaded ensemble

    Women's outfit made by Niio Perkins (Mohawk), includes skirt, shirt, belt, collar, purse, a pair of cuffs, and pair of moccasins, cloth decorated with beaded floral design, 2010. Autry Museum; 2010.62.1-.7. 2010 American Indian Arts Marketplace Jackie Autry Purchase Award.

    On loan to Native Fashion Now
    Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. November 21, 2015 - March 6, 2016
    Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. June 4 – September 4 2016
    Philbrook Museum, Tulsa OK. October 2 2016 – January 8 2017
    National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY. February – September 2017

  • L.C. Smith1935 Typewriter

    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 – April 30, 2016.

  • 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

  • Basket

    Luiseño storage basket, made by Leona Ardillo Kengish (Pechanga), early 1900s. Sumac coiled on a deergrass bundle foundation with open stitch, design in natural and black-dyed juncus. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry Museum; 457.G.88. Gift of Mr. Charles F. Lummis.

    On loan to Leona Ardillo Kengish,”Túkmal Néechiqat” (A Basket that Visits) Pechanga Cultural Resources October 1, 2015 - October 1, 2016

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