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The John Peabody Harrington Collection
Accessing the Collection
The J. P. Harrington Collection is massive and contains several different types of media. Some material was deposited in the collection soon after it was created, but the majority did not arrive in the archives until after J. P. Harrington’s death. Components have been processed at varying levels over a number of years. Some parts of the collection were duplicated to make them more widely accessible, utilizing the best technology available at different times. Digitization is the latest chapter in this ongoing effort.
The very size and depth of the collection can make it difficult to fully identify the range of materials on a given topic or to make connections across different media. This website is being developed as a means to reconnect parts of the collection with each other as well as to help scholars and communities connect with these archival materials. It is a work in progress.
This site provides two ways to discover the contents of the J. P. Harrington collection – either through a map interface or through inventories of each media type. Both provide links to digital resources that are being added as they are produced. The entire collection is available onsite at the National Anthropological Archives.
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