Library and Archives of the Autry

Color photograph postcard of four bear cubs approaching a white car, 1964. Gift of Ms. Sandra Odor. Autry Museum; 2003.22.7.3

Library and Archives at the Autry

The Library and Archives is currently closed to outside researchers due to a collections move to the Resources Center of the Autry, a new, state-of-the-art collections care, research, and educational facility in Burbank, California. We continue to prepare the collections for researcher access in anticipation for a fall 2022 opening. Please fill out the Researcher Application Form to request a research appointment. First available appointments will be the week of October 24, 2022.

The Library and Archives will be open to researchers by appointment only, Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are closed for major holidays and the last week of December.

The Library and Archives of the Autry works to preserve and provide access to collections through proper and ethical stewardship. We provide a wide range of access in order to promote scholarship and study. As stewards, we have also taken an active role in consulting with different Native nations and indigenous communities on how to best describe and manage holdings that are under review for or contain culturally sensitive information or restricted tribal knowledge. As we foster these relationships, we have a responsibility to review upcoming publications that cite archaeological expeditions and other content that may contain restricted material. We also encourage researchers to foster similar relationships and practices.

Library and Archives at the Autry hold unique, rare and significant primary and secondary resources focusing on the peoples and cultures of the American West.  The collections contain rare books, serials, maps, photographs, artwork, sound recordings, and manuscript collections. Each year, research fellowships are awarded to support scholarly projects.

To view more information about the Autry's holdings, please visit the Autry's online library catalog and Collections Online sites.

You can also contact us via e-mail at and follow us on Twitter @LA_autry