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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 our new, state-of-the-art research and collections care facility, the Braun Research Library at the historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington campus closed August 1, 2015, and the Autry Library at the Autry in Griffith Park will close December 1, 2015. Please check back here for the official opening date of the Libraries and Archives at the new Autry Resources Center in Burbank. 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 .

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.

  • 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 National Center, 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.

  • Pair of Comanche little girl’s moccasin boots.

    Girl’s moccasin boot pair

    Pair of Comanche little girl’s moccasin boots. German-silver disks, beadwork, and green paint decoration. Before 1890. The Louis Jerome Gillespie Memorial Collection, Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center; 611.G.764AB.

    On loan to the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, Lawton, OK. October 2014 – September 2015.

  • 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 National Center; 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

  • Treasure Map

    Treasure Map

    Prop treasure map used in the Castle Rock Pictures, Inc. film "City Slickers II." 1994. Map made of brown parchment with torn edges. Black ink sketches of mountains and various images leading from the starting "X" in lower left corner with word "Spencer" and ending at "X" in upper right area with "Buried Here." Upper left of map has wording "$1,000,000/ in Gold/ Wes Pac - Eat My Dust/ I Took It - You Find It." Autry National Center; 93.219.3. Donated by Castle Rock Entertainment

    On loan to Gold! Riches and Ruin Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art March 7 – August 9, 2015

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 Phone: 323.667.2000

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