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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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