HARRINGTON, John Peabody

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John Peabody Harrington (1884-1961)

HARRINGTON, John Peabody (1884-1961), anthropologist and linguist who specialized in the Native Americans of California. He did extensive work on the Chumash of the northern California Channel Islands, including documenting their language.

In 1916 Harrington married his student, Carobeth Tucker. In 1915, she took his course in linguistics at San Diego Normal School. Harrington was impressed by her natural linguistic abilities, and they were married the following year. She assisted him in his field work and learned ethnographic skills from him, but his eccentricities proved fatal to their relationship. Later in her life, Carobeth accounted her relationship with John P. Harrington in her book, Encounter with an Angry God. They were divorced in 1922.

Harrington visited Santa Cruz Island aboard Leonard Outhwaite's schooner, Kinkajou, in 1916. [SCICo Letter Books].

  • 1928. HARRINGTON, John Peabody Exploration of the Burton Mound at Santa Barbara, California by John P. Harrington. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1928. Forty-fourth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1926-1927. Herrington pages 23-168 + 27 plates. Ex-lib. signed Ronald Olson.
[original in SCIF archives; ex-lib MDD]

  • 1978. Hudson, Travis et al. Tomol: Chumash Watercraft as Described in the Ethnographic Notes of John P. Harrington (Santa Barbara: Ballena Press, 1978).

  • 1978. Hudson, Dee Travis The Wind Sycamore. Some J.P. Harrington notes on a Ventureño Shrine Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly 24(1):2-15, Fall 1978
[original in SCIF archives; presentation "To Carey, who shares my interest in the past— Travis"]

[original in SCIF archives]

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J.P. Harrington Field Notes in the Smithsonian