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John Peabody Harrington Collection MS.219
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Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence Series 1 1909-1928

Scope and contents

This series consists of correspondence between Harrington and Charles Fletcher Lummis. The letters discuss subjects such as a project in San Mateo, New Mexico; Pu-yé; School of American Archaeology; the marriage of Harrington to Carobeth Tucker; a poem written by Harrington, later published in The Masterkey, volume 31, number 4, 1957. Other persons mentioned include Miss Fletcher; Honorable Amado Chaves of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Dr. Hewett; Parkhurst; Carobeth Tucker (also known as Carobeth Laird); Hector Alliot; Father Francis J. Conaty; Dr. Scherer; Quimu Lummis; Turbese Lummis; and Bertha Lummis.
Box 1, Folder 2

Memorabilia Series 2 1916 and undated

Scope and contents

This series consists of Harrington’s personal items and memorabilia including Harrington and Carobeth Tucker’s wedding announcement; Harrington’s notes regarding the death of Candelaria Leiva; “Armenian Love Song” handwritten by Harrington; and an American Railway Express Company delivery tag. The wedding announcement is the only dated item.

San Gabriel Valley Mission Place Name Slips Series 3 early 20th Century

Scope and contents

This series consists of handwritten paper slips that are separated into three sets. The slips contain the place names Harrington collected from the first baptismal record book of the San Gabriel Valley Mission or Libro Primero de los Bautismos de San Gabriel Arcangel. The baptisms took place between 1771 and 1779. According to the Papers of John Peabody Harrington held at the Smithsonian Institution,Harrington collected the information in 1914. Most slips include the baptism number, place name, page number, and symbols located around the baptismal number. These symbols are not found in the original record and their meanings are unknown. The alphanumeric notation located at the top right corners of the slips correlate with the page numbers of the original record. Harrington copied the place names as they were written in the original record. The records are written in eighteenth-century Spanish script with each priest having their own variations of letter formation.

Vocabulary and Place Names Series 4 early 20th Century

Scope and contents

This series contains vocabulary, place names, tales, recollections, and geographical data for Gabrielino, Luiseno, and other Mission Indian groups.
Vocabulary and place name slips are often spelled linguistically and contain English translations. Some modern place names have been provided for historical place names, geographical areas, and landmarks. The initial on the top-right corner of each slip indicates which informant provided the information, Felicitas Serrano Montano (F), Jose “Kewen” de los Santo Juncos (K), or Jose Maria Zalvidea (Z).
Folders MS. and MS. in this collection, are legal size notepads containing handwritten notes made by Bernice Eastman Johnston during research for her book, California's Gabrielino Indians, and Masterkey articles. MS. contains a list of English terms translated into Spanish and Gabrielino as indicated by the writing and notes of Harrington, Hugo Reid, A. L. Kroeber, and others. It also contains some of Harrington’s phrase and sentence translations.
Folder MS. contains notes regarding southern California place names found in Harrington’s notes.

Original containers and enclosures Series 5 undated

Scope and contents

This series contains the envelopes that held or were located with the collection’s paper slips. Items feature previous call numbers and reference notes.

Publications Series 6 circa 1905-1944

Scope and contents

This series consists of four library catalog cards, one scrapbook containing a journal article written by Harrington, and five scrapbooks containing mounted newspaper clippings. Not all scrapbooks are dated. Topics of clippings include biographical information about Harrington; the excavation of Burton Mound in Santa Barbara, California; the Homestake Mine Camp near Reno, Nevada; and research notes on Toro Canyon, California.


Some clippings may have been gifted to the Southwest Museum in 1937 April.

Personal Papers Series 7 1900-1910

Scope and contents

his series includes an 11-page curriculum vitae (CV) for Harrington that documents his education and early work experiences from 1900 July through 1910 December. A note regarding Harrington’s Stanford transcripts, recommendations, and references are also included.
The last two pages in this folder are bound together, obscuring the “References” page; a photocopy of the page is on the back for viewing and preservation purposes. It also includes a library catalog card relating to this material.