Connections in Collections
Part of a series: Diamonds In The Rough
Through a grant-funded project awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Autry National Center sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over two years, ending in 2012. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems being brought to light by NHRPC Project Archivist Holly Rose Larson.
One of the funnest things about working with archival collections at a historical institution like the Autry is when the connections between collections are revealed, showing us a more holistic picture of a certain moment or era.
While processing the papers of Smokey Rogers and his wife Maymie Anderson, I learned that the two were friends of Nudie and Bobbi Cohn. Of course, I knew that they were associates, because I had seen Smokey’s name in Nudie’s customer files (MIMSY MSA.30 in our online catalog). But I didn’t realize the full extent of their connection until I ran across this photo in the Smokey and Maymie archives:
But then I found this, which was really special: a photograph of Nudie playing his mandolin! There wasn’t even a photo of this in the Nudie archive!
And of course, they had photos of their other friends, too:
The more work we do in our archives, the more connections we can make! Take a look in our libraries and archives catalog and see if there are any connections you’d like to investigate! http://autry.iii.com/