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About the Collection

J. P. Harrington used photography to add a visual component to his documentation projects. The photos intersect with other parts of the collection, showing the people who provided the information that he recorded, the places that he visited with them on “place name” trips, and generally offering insight into communities and cultural landscapes at a particular moment. At present, photographs are organized by language or tribe and referenced by negative numbers.

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Visit Additional Photography Resources:

Chumash Photography

Salinan Photography

Guide to Salinan Photographs (PDF)




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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