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J. P. Harrington Database Project: An Archival Resource for Anthropologists, Archaeologists, and Native Communities


John Peabody Harrington (1884-1961) collected over one million pages of linguistic and ethnographic notes from Native Americans during the first half of the twentieth century (for biographies, see Golla 1994b; Hinton 1994; Laird 1975; Stirling and Glemser 1963; Walsh 1976). Within a decade of his death most of his notes could be found at the National Anthropological Archives in Washington, DC. During the 1980s the materials, which had been organized by language, were microfilmed, along with Harrington's correspondence, creating an archival record of his work. The Papers of John P. Harrington in the Smithsonian Institution (Harrington 1981-1994). The microfilm collection of his notes is divided into nine volumes. Guides to this collection were created under the direction of Elaine L. Mills (Mills 1981-1985; Mills and Brickfield 1986-1989; Mills and MUls 1991). They contain lists of the languages within each "volume" and the associated reel numbers, the names of Native Americans interviewed by Harrington, general information about the times and places of the interviews, and common abbreviations he used.

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