Online Research Tools

Wasco (probably) bag, cloth decorated with beaded floral design, 1860s-1870s. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry Museum; 3.C.147

Online Research Tools

Collections Online

The Autry’s Collections Online is a database containing data and images of items from the collections of our museums, library, and archives. It is the public interface to our ongoing digitization program, which seeks to digitize our entire collection. 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

Library and Archives Catalog

The Library and Archive’s 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: Library and Archives Temporary Closure and Location Change

The Library and Archives have been safely moved to Resources Center of the Autry, our new, state-of-the-art collections care, research, and educational facility in Burbank, however, the Library’s research services are not fully operational. We continue to prepare the collection for researcher access and anticipate being ready to schedule visiting researchers in 2022.

You may continue to contact us via e-mail at and follow us on Twitter @LA_autry. Sign-up for this e-mail list to receive updates about the opening of the Resources Center. We look forward to seeing you in our new home!