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Harrington Microfilm Volume 3

The Papers of John P. Harrington in the Smithsonian Institution 1907-1957
Volume Three, Microfilm

A Guide to the Field Notes: Native American History, Language and Culture of Southern California/Basin

This series within the John Peabody Harrington papers represents the results of Harrington’s work on the native languages and cultures of southern California from the Tejon region to the Mexican border; notes collected in Baja are also included. The fieldwork was undertaken just prior to and during his employment as ethnologist (1915-1954) by the Bureau of American Ethnology and during his retirement years in California until his death in 1961. The documents focus primarily on linguistic data, although they also include significant amounts of ethnographic and historical information.

Volume 3, Reels 1-182:

Reel 1-15: Chumash (part 1)

Reel 16-32: Chumash (part 2)

Reel 33-48: Chumash (part 3)

Reel 49-64: Chumash (part 4)

Reel 65-80: Chumash (part 5)

Reel 81-96: Chumash (part 6)

Reel 97: Tubatulabal

Reel 98-100: Kitanemuk

Reel 101: Serrano

Reel 102-105: Gabrielino

Reel 106: Fernandeno

Reel 107-114: Cahuilla

Reel 115-129: Luiseno/Juaneno

Reel 130: Cupeno

Reel 131-147: Chemehuevi

Reel 148-168: Mohave

Reel 169-170: Diegueno

Reel 171: Paipai/Kiliwa

Reel 171: Ute/Paiute/Shoshoni

Reel 172-182: General and Miscellaneous materials


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 BarbareƱo/VentureƱo 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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