Vanderpoel, Halsted B.

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Halsted Billings Vander Poel (variant form VanderPoel) was born in 1911 at the family estate in New York City. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1935 and then served in the Navy in World War II. After the war, he married, moved to Washington, D.C. and worked in the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.

While still at Yale, Vander Poel developed a strong interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature and soon began collecting books and manuscripts. Vander Poel quickly became established as a serious collector, and broadened his range to include Old Master paintings, American portraits and English furniture and silver.

In 1956, Vander Poel moved to Rome. There he was involved in various cultural and educational projects, including the restoration of frescoes in Roman churches, and the administration of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House at the Spanish Steps. In 1964, he was one of the founders of St. Stephen's School, an American preparatory school in Rome.

In Rome, Vander Poel met two archaeologists, Matteo Della Corte, a former Director of Excavations at Pompeii, and Tatiana Warscher, a leading historiographer of the site, and through them became fascinated with Pompeii. For the next forty years, Vander Poel devoted considerable time and financial resources to creating an extensive research library and archive on the archaeological investigations in Pompeii.

In 1997 Vander Poel returned to the United States for health reasons. He died in Washington D.C. on June 27, 2003.

From the guide to the Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection, circa 1570-1997, (Getty Research Institute)

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creatorOf Halsted B. VanderPoel Literary Collection, 1815-1929 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection, circa 1570-1997 Getty Research Institute
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associatedWith Aldanov, Mark Aleksandrovich, 1886-1957 person
associatedWith Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922 person
associatedWith Barré, Louis, 1799-1857 person
associatedWith Baudelaire, Charles, 1821-1867 person
associatedWith Berberova, Nina Nikolaevna person
associatedWith Della Corte, Matteo person
associatedWith Della Valle, Guido, 1884- person
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Falkener, Edward, 1814-1896 person
associatedWith Fiorelli, Giuseppe, 1823-1895 person
associatedWith García y García, Laurentino person
associatedWith Gell, William, Sir, 1777-1836 person
associatedWith Gerrardi, Piero delli. person
associatedWith Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940 person
associatedWith Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928 person
associatedWith Hase, Friedrich-Wilhelm von person
associatedWith Helbig, Wolfgang, 1839-1915 person
associatedWith House, John person
associatedWith Johnston-Lavis, Henry James person
associatedWith Kelsey, Francis W., 1858-1927 person
associatedWith Korsak, V. 1884-1944 person
associatedWith Labruzzi, Carlo, ca. 1765-1818 person
associatedWith La Porta, Armando person
associatedWith Maiuri, Amedeo, 1886-1963 person
associatedWith Mallarmé, Stéphane, 1842-1898 person
associatedWith Malthus, T. R. (Thomas Robert), 1766-1834 person
associatedWith Mau, August, 1840-1909 person
associatedWith Mazois, François, 1783-1826 person
associatedWith Minto, Antonio person
associatedWith Moore, George, 1852-1933 person
associatedWith Murray, Margaret Alice person
associatedWith Niccolini, Fausto, 1812? -1886 person
associatedWith Niccolini, Felice, b. 1816? person
associatedWith Nowotny, Eduard person
associatedWith Onorato, Giovanni Oscar person
associatedWith Pais, Ettore, 1856-1939 person
associatedWith Petrie, W. M. Flinders (William Matthew Flinders), Sir, 1853-1942 person
associatedWith Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 person
associatedWith Rossetti, William Michael, 1829-1919 person
associatedWith Rossini, Luigi, 1790-1857 person
associatedWith Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch, 1870-1952 person
associatedWith Roux, Henri, fl. 19th cent. person
associatedWith Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 person
associatedWith Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970 person
associatedWith Scifoni, Guido person
associatedWith Sommer, Giorgio, 1834-1914 person
associatedWith Soprano, Pietro person
associatedWith Spinazzola, Vittorio person
associatedWith Stephens, James, 1882-1950 person
associatedWith Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909 person
associatedWith Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945 person
associatedWith Ternite, Wilhelm, 1786-1871 person
associatedWith Van Buren, A. W. person
associatedWith Vander Poel, Halsted B. person
associatedWith Waele, Jos de person
associatedWith Warsher, Tatiana person
associatedWith Winckelmann, Johann Joachim, 1717-1768 person
associatedWith Zahn, Wilhelm, 1800-1871 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Pompeii (Extinct city)—Bibliography
Pompeii (Extinct city)—Discovery and exploration
Pompeii (Extinct city)
Vesuvius (Italy)
Pompeii (Extinct city)—Antiquities
Pompeii (Extinct city)—Buildings, structures, etc.
Pompeii (Extinct city)—Photographs
Pompeii (Extinct city)—Aerial photographs
Stabiae (Extinct city)
Gravina di Puglia (Italy)
Herculaneum (Extinct city)
Subject
Literature
Architecture, Domestic--Italy--Pompeii (Extinct city)
Occupation
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