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  Anthropology Research Archives

Extensive archival holdings complement the artifact collections and comprise an unparalleled resource for research on Native American cultures. Manuscripts, photographs, field notes, sound recordings and other documents provide a rich body of material for studies in archaeology, ethnography, culture history, linguistics, material culture, rock art, and more.

The John P. Harrington Collection

  • 300 microfilm reels of California and Great Basin ethnographic and linguistic field notes, photographs, and correspondence.
  • Additional original materials not duplicated in the Smithsonian’s holdings include approximately 1000 pages of ethnographic and linguistic field notes, 4500 letters, 1185 photographs, 896 negatives, and numerous sound recordings.
  • Collections also document Harrington’s life before and after his career with the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Other Linguistic Materials

  • California Indian linguistic manuscripts and Chumash lexical files of Madison S. Beeler and Richard Applegate (Professors of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley).

Field Note Archives

  • Archaeological field notes and photographs by David Banks Rogers and Phil Orr provide context for the extensive artifact collection.
  • Journals of Stephen Bowers, early collector of Chumash archaeological material, also include the earliest known documentation of Chumash rock art.
  • Records of California Indian artifacts held in European museums were compiled by Robert Heizer, Travis Hudson, and Thomas Blackburn.

 

 

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