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Harrington Microfilm Volume 7

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

A Guide to the Field Notes: Native American History, Language and Culture of Mexico/Central America/South America

This series within the John Peabody Harrington papers represents the results of Harrington’s work on the native languages and cultures of the western hemisphere outside of the United States and Canada. Most of the work was done either by bringing native speakers to Washington, D.C., or by examining various secondary sources, although Harrington did make several fieldtrips to Mexico, first in 1930 and again in 1950 and 1951. All of the field notes and writings were recorded during his employment as ethnologist by the Bureau of American Ethnology (1915 -1954); the earliest date from 1921 and the latest from around 1952. The documents focus primarily on linguistic data, although they also include some ethnographic and historical information.

Volume 7, 1-36:

Reel 1: Pima/Papago/Seri/Opata

Reel 2-7: Nahuatl

Reel 8-12: Quiche

Reel 13: Cakchiquel

Reel 14-25: Yucatec

Reel 26: Cuna

Reel 27-35: South American languages

Reel 36: 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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