In 2010 the Autry started an ambitious endeavor to create a new collections care, research, and educational facility in Burbank, California. With sophisticated environmental controls and best-practice conservation solutions, this 100,000-square-foot building will have the technology and equipment essential to properly care for, protect, and preserve the Autry’s important cultural assets, including more than 600,000 artifacts, cultural materials, artworks, and library materials. The site will also be home to three collections conservation laboratories.
When completed, the Resources Center will serve as a destination where students, scholars, artists, Native community members, and the broader public can encounter the breadth of the Autry’s collections to gain a deeper understanding of the rich history and cultural diversity of the American West. Perhaps best described as the "hub" or "heart" of the Autry, the Resources Center will make art, artifacts, and archival materials available for exhibitions presented by the Autry and cultural partners—vastly increasing public access to the expansive collections.
“This new center advances our overarching goals to make our materials more accessible for present and future generations, maintain commitment to best practices in the preservation of the collections, and increase awareness of the resources we have to offer.”
—W. Richard West, Jr., Autry President and CEO
During the first phase of the the construction process, the Autry developed spaces necessary to safely house the collections by installing computerized environmental controls and security and fire suppression systems. This initial work was necessary to properly care for sensitive artifacts from the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, including Native baskets, textiles, and other objects. Phase II construction includes the development of a reading room; an expanded collections area for Autry Library materials, Braun Research Library materials, and objects currently housed at the Griffith Park campus; a ceremonial garden; conservation labs; and office spaces. The entire project will be LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), recognizing the museum’s efforts to construct and outfit the facility in an environmentally sensitive manner.
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