Southwest Museum Braun Research Library

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Southwest Museum Braun Research Library
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  rroom@theautry.org

Address:[1]

234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065-5030 USA

Telephone:[1]  323-221-2164 ext. 256
Fax: 323-224-8224

Public Research Hours and holidays:[1] Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Closed most major holidays. Reservations required.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Directions.[2]
    • From North I-5 (Golden State Freeway) Merge onto I-5 S/Golden State Fwy S toward Los Angeles. Merge onto CA-110 N/Arroyo Seco Pkwy/Pasadena Fwy N via EXIT 137A toward Pasadena. 1.6 mi. Take the Ave 43 exit, EXIT 27. 0.09 mi. Turn left onto E Avenue 43. 0.2 mi. Turn right onto N Figueroa St. 0.1 mi. Take the 2nd left onto W Avenue 45. 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Marmion Way. 0.2 mi. Take the 2nd left onto Museum Dr. 0.02 mi. 234 MUSEUM DR is on the right.
    • From South I-5 (Golden State Freeway) Merge onto I-10 E/I-5 N/Golden State Fwy N toward Los Angeles. Keep left to take I-5 N/Golden State Fwy N toward Sacramento. 1.6 mi. Take the CA-110 N exit, EXIT 137B, toward Pasadena. 0.4 mi. Take EXIT 137A toward Figueroa Street. 0.2 mi. Turn left onto W Avenue 26. 0.2 mi. Turn right onto N Figueroa St. 0.8 mi. Turn left onto Marmion Way. 0.7 mi. Turn left onto Museum Dr. 0.02 mi. 234 MUSEUM DR is on the right.
    • From East I-10 (San Berardino Freeway) Merge onto I-10 W/San Bernardino Fwy W toward Los Angeles. Keep left to take San Bernardino Fwy W toward US-101/Los Angeles/Sacramento. 0.7 mi. Merge onto I-5 N/Golden State Fwy N toward Sacramento. 1.0 mi. Take EXIT 136A toward Main Street. 0.2 mi. Turn left onto Daly St. 0.5 mi. Turn slight right onto Pasadena Ave. 1.1 mi. Pasadena Ave becomes Marmion Way. 0.6 mi. Turn left onto Museum Dr. 0.02 mi. 234 MUSEUM DR is on the right.
    • From West I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) Merge onto I-10 E/Santa Monica Fwy E. Merge onto CA-110 N via EXIT 13B on the left toward Pasadena. 4.4 mi. Take the Figueroa St exit, EXIT 26B, on the left. 0.2 mi. Merge onto N Figueroa St. 0.9 mi. Turn left onto Marmion Way. 0.7 mi. Turn left onto Museum Dr. 0.02 mi. 234 MUSEUM DR is on the right.
  • Public Transportation. Metro Bus Route 81 stops on Marmion Way just southwest of Museum Drive and the Museum. Also, the Metro Light Rail Gold Line 804 stops on Marmion Way just southwest of Museum Drive and the Museum.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The Braun Research Library has excellent ethnology, archaeology, American Indian linguistics, and folklore collections, and the history of Arizona, California, and the Southwest. This includes books and serials on tribal histories, government, and social life and customs of native peoples. They have a large photo archive, 700 wax cylinder recordings of Mexican American and Native American songs recorded between 1895 and 1912 in southern California, manuscripts of local history and the history of American anthropology. The collection includes 50,000 books and serials, 2,000 sound recordings, 3,000 maps, 147,000 photographs, 3,000 works of art on paper, and 700 manuscripts.[1]

They also have a 238,000-piece Native American art and artifacts collection including 14,000 baskets, 10,000 ceramic items, 6,300 textiles and weavings, and more than 1,100 pieces of jewelry of natives from Alaska to South America, especially from California and the Southwestern United States.[3]

The catalog of the Braun Research Library is combined with the catalog for the Autrey Library at Griffith Park which emphasizes the history and geography of the American West.[1]

Tips

An appointment is required at least two weeks in advance. Apply at: Research Rules and Application.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Southwest Museum Braun Research Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, has many California and Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.

Neighboring Collections

Sources

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  2. Directions taken from Get Directions from MapQuest (accessed 16 January 2015).
  3. Collections in The Autry (accessed 16 January 2014).
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