Scientific Resource Surveys, Inc. - Southern California Offices

Field Specialists out in the field


SRSinc keeps much of its journal selections at SRScorp San Diego, which is also strictly speaking an Ethnographic Office. The purpose of this office is to conduct ethnographic studies and ethnohistoric investigations in Southern California. The Bolsa Chica Research and Archival Center and The Ethnographic Consortium have spent nearly 15 years compiling archaeological, ethnographic, ethnological, and historic data. The data gathering began with university and college library research across the country for books and articles related to all southern California tribal groups. All microfilm reels for work by the early 1900’s ethnologist J.P. Harrington were obtained from the Smithsonian Institution and printed, and all language tapes, music recordings and photographs that existed for these tribal groups was gathered from research institutions throughout the United States. This project included obtaining funding for transferring early wax cylinder recordings to magnetic tape. The Consortium also conducted numerous oral interviews with tribal elders, attended Native American language and culture workshops, talks, gatherings and performances. These materials are housed at SRScorp San Diego.

Several early anthropologists conducted studies all along the Pacific Rim from Baja California to SE Alaska. Specifically, J.P. Harrington, H.R. Harriman, and Phillip Drucker worked and published materials from areas in California and SE Alaska. J.P. Harrington recorded stories and cultural traditions, and took photographs of Klukwan Native consultants; the Harriman Expedition in 1899 produced the first language recordings of the Tlingit language on wax cylinders; and Phillip Drucker recorded cultural attributes of the Tlingit in the early 1930’s for an American tribal survey for the Smithsonian Institute. All of this information is on file at SRS Corp Alaska, including microfilm reels with a microfilm reader/printer/digitizing machine. Original descriptions of Native use areas are contained within these archives which aid in finding and identifying Ancestral Sites.

EXCEPTIONAL ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH MATERIALS, other than books, that are available at SRScorp San Diego for use during any study includes:
    Songs, Language and Story Tapes of:
    J.P. Harrington—All Tribal Groups
    Constance Dubois—Luiseno/Diegueno
    Philip Sparkman—Juaneno
    Helen Roberts—Cahuilla, Cupeno
    Josephine Cook—Luiseno
    Charles Lummis—Various in so. Cal.
    T.T. Waterman—Diegueno, Kamia
    Phillip Drucker—California and SE Alaskan Cultural Attributes Lists Harriman Alaskan Expedition

    Representative Photographs from:
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
    Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
    Southwest Museum, Pasadena
    Univ. of Cal at Berkeley, Bancroft Library & Hearst Museum
    California State University, Fullerton
    San Diego Museum of Man
    San Diego Historical Society
    National Archives, Federal Building, Laguna Niguel
    San Juan Capistrano Historical Society
    First American Trust Photographic Archives, Santa Ana
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Huntington Library, San Marino
    Sheldon Museum, Haines, Alaska
    Local Native Archives

    Including J.P. Harrington Photographs:
    90+ pages Luiseno/Juaneno
    50+ pages Gabrielino/Fernandeno
    50+ pages Cahuilla/Cupeno
    300+ pages Diegueno [including Kamia]
    400+ pages Diegueno, Mohave, Baja Groups
    100+ pages Tlingit/ So. Tutchone

    Original Microfilm and Printed Copies of:
    Mission Census Records- California and Arizona
    Spanish Archives and Translations
    Manuscripts/ Field Notes of John P. Harrington
    Manuscripts/ Field Notes of Constance G. DuBois
    Manuscripts/ Field Notes of Philip Sparkman
    Manuscripts/ Field Notes of Alfred Kroeber
    Manuscripts/ Field Notes of Frederick Hodge
    Manuscripts/ Field Notes of H.R. Harriman