John Peabody Harrington

J. P. Harrington posing with three Cuna (Tule) while making dictaphone recordings of Cuna language and songs, 1924, photograph by DeLancey Gill, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
J. P. Harrington posing with three Cuna (Tule) while making dictaphone recordings of Cuna language and songs, 1924, photograph by DeLancey Gill, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
John Peabody Harrington was an ethnographer who worked for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., from 1915–1955. He interviewed American Indian informants, including Chumash and Gabrielino, and recorded information about native languages and culture. Harrington’s informants provided important details about American Indians who interacted with the Lone Woman in 1853.

DATE OF BIRTH: April 29, 1883
PLACE OF BIRTH: Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
DATE OF DEATH: October 21, 1961
PLACE OF BURIAL: San Diego, California, USA


Bibliography
Blackburn, Thomas. December’s Child: A Book of Chumash Oral Narratives. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975: 5.

“California Death Index, 1940–1997,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 January 2016), entry for John Peabody Harrington; citing State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

“John Peabody Harrington Collection: About J. P. Harrington,” article, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/harrington: accessed 23 January 2016).

“US Passport Applications, 1795–1925 for John Peabody Harrington,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 January 2016), entry for John Peabody Harrington; citing Selected Passports, National Archives, Washington, D. C.

Last updated: March 10, 2017