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harrington_x2 JPH’s Smithsonian Identification Badge Papers of John Peabody Harrington, Series: Photographs National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution 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.


harrington_mf5_r12_0065 Microfilmed notes on Kiowa grammar Papers of John Peabody Harrington National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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harrington_587-7_x01 Map from records of Luiseno placename trips Papers of John Peabody Harrington, Box 587 National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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Sincere appreciation and thanks to those who helped make the Harrington collection more widely accessible to the interested public. Support for preparation and digitization of the collection for online access has been provided by the following:

Arcadia Fund; Colorado College Library; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua; Pechanga Band of Luiseno; Recovering Voices, SI; Rosetta Project, Long Now Foundation; Save America’s Treasures, DoI; Matthew Vestuto, on behalf of Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians; Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS); and the Collections Program of the National Museum of Natural History.


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