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Native Languages of the Americas

J. P. Harrington documented languages of the Americas with a focus on North America.The map below provides links to digital surrogates of J. P. Harrington's microfilmed collection. The collection is organized by geographic regions to facilitate access to the vast documentation amassed by J. P. Harrington during his career. The links on the map will redirect you to the relevant regional subset of the collection. Click here for an overview of the entire collection.

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Please note: geographic arrangement is based on J. P. Harrington's classification; language families and locations do not necessarily reflect contemporary classifications.

To search for specific languages visit the Smithsonian’s Information Research System (SIRIS).


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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