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Finding aid for the Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection, circa 1570-1997
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Separated Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1570-1997
    Number: 2002.M.16
    Creator/Collector: VanderPoel, Halsted B.
    Physical Description: 643.0 linear feet
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection is an archive devoted to the historiography of archaeological investigations conducted around the Bay of Naples, with particular emphasis on Pompeii. Comprised of manuscripts, photographs, maps, plans, drawings and the papers of Matteo Della Corte and Tatiana Warscher, it is a comprehensive resource for researching the excavations at Pompeii and the surrounding area.
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    Language: Collection material is in English, Italian, French, German, and Russian.

    Biographical / Historical Note

    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.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian Collection, circa 1570-1997, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2002.M.16

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated by Halsted B. Vander Poel in 2002.

    Processing History

    Ann Harrison rehoused the collection and created the series arrangement and finding aid in 2006.

    Separated Material

    Over 1,000 books and individual periodical issues from the collection were separated to the library. A search using the phrase "VanderPoel" while selecting the index "Provenance" from the pull-down menu in the Getty online library catalog will retrieve a list of these separated materials, as well as the Vander Poel collection-level record and records for books remaining in the archive. Similar searches using "Della Corte" and "Warsher" in the Provenance index will retrieve books from these scholars' libraries.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Vander Poel Campanian collection is a research archive assembled for the study of the history of the excavations at Pompeii and to a lesser extent, at Herculaneum and Stabiae. It represents the culmination of forty years of investigations by Vander Poel. He collected rare books, prints, photographs, maps and other original documents. He preserved the papers of Matteo Della Corte and Tatiana Warscher, left to him as bequests upon their deaths. He sponsored excavations and commissioned mapping and photography of the site. He funded and led a research team known as the Research in Campanian Archaeology (RICA) Group. His numerous projects, many still in the planning stages, included the production and distribution of the Corpus Topographicum Pompeianum, a multi-volume work on the history of the excavations at Pompeii; the production of updated editions of important research texts; and documentation of the Pompeian material in the Archaeological Museum at Naples.
    Until recently, the excavations at Pompeii have been poorly documented and the documentation that does exist has been dispersed throughout various European depositories and private collections. Within this documentation, there is conflicting nomenclature and enumeration of locations. Vander Poel's contribution to scholarship through the creation of his Campanian collection was the important, if not glamorous, task of collecting this dispersed information and supervising the creation of tools, ranging from concordances of house numbers to new maps of the site, which facilitate the study of Pompeii.
    This assembling of resources for the study of Pompeii accounts for the extremely broad date range of the collection. Vander Poel worked on his Campanian projects and collected the material in the period roughly from 1958 to 1997. The broad date range of the collection, circa 1570-1997, reflects the dates of the materials, both original works and reproductions, within it.
    The highlights of the Campanian collection include Matteo Della Corte's field notes, Tatiana Warscher's photographic documentation of Pompeii, the unpublished notes of Vander Poel's excavations of the Casa di Meleagro, manuscripts of the unpublished portions of the Corpus Topographicum Pompeianum, and the extensive scholarly documentation, both textual and visual, of Pompeii assembled by Vander Poel.
    Throughout this finding aid, all photographic prints and negatives are black-and-white, unless indicated as color. The house numbering used in the finding aid follows the current system of numeration for the site of Pompeii, see Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994), xix. The journal abbreviations are those standardly used in the field of classical archaeology. A list of journal abbreviations and full bibliographic citations for works cited briefly in the finding aid are to be found in Laurentino García y García, Nova Bibliotheca Pompeiana: 250 anni di bibliografia archeologica (Rome: Bardi, 1998).

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged in ten series: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; .Series I. Matteo Della Corte papers, 1890-1997 Series II. Tatiana Warscher papers, 1912-1997 Series III. Vander Poel excavations at Pompeii, 1958-1982 Series IV. Corpus Topographicum Pompeianum production materials, 1776-1996 Series V. New editions of early archaeological publications on Pompeii, 1796-1989 Series VI. Documentation of objects in the Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli, 1960-1971 Series VII. Research in Campanian Archaeology (RICA) research materials, 1724-1996 Series VIII. Objects in the Campanian collection, 1960-1977 Series IX. Administrative materials, 1980-1992 Series X. Non-Campanian material, 1570-1996

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Della Corte, Matteo
    Fiorelli, Giuseppe, 1823-1895
    Hase, Friedrich-Wilhelm von
    Helbig, Wolfgang, 1839-1915
    Johnston-Lavis, Henry James
    Maiuri, Amedeo, 1886-1963
    Mazois, François, 1783-1826
    Murray, Margaret Alice
    Pais, Ettore, 1856-1939
    Petrie, W. M. Flinders (William Matthew Flinders), Sir, 1853-1942
    Scifoni, Guido
    Soprano, Pietro
    Spinazzola, Vittorio, 1863-1943
    Warsher, Tatiana
    Winckelmann, Johann Joachim, 1717-1768

    Subjects - Topics

    Architecture, Domestic--Italy--Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Architecture, Roman--Italy--Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Excavations (Archaeology)--Italy--Gravina di Puglia Region
    Excavations (Archaeology)--Italy--Herculaneum (Extinct city)
    Excavations (Archaeology)--Italy--Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Excavations (Archaeology)--Italy--Stabiae (Extinct city)
    Inscriptions, Latin
    Mosaics, Roman--Italy--Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Mural painting and decoration, Roman--Italy--Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli
    Volcanoes Italy

    Subjects - Places

    Gravina di Puglia (Italy)
    Herculaneum (Extinct city)
    Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Pompeii (Extinct city)--Aerial photographs
    Pompeii (Extinct city)--Antiquities
    Pompeii (Extinct city)--Bibliography
    Pompeii (Extinct city)--Buildings, structures, etc.
    Pompeii (Extinct city)--Discovery and exploration
    Pompeii (Extinct city)--Photographs
    Stabiae (Extinct city)
    Vesuvius (Italy)

    Subjects - Titles

    Corpus Topographicum Pompeianum

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Address books
    Aerial photographs
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Color slides
    Copy prints
    Drawings (visual works)
    Indexes (reference sources)
    Lantern slides
    Manuscripts for publication
    Negatives (photographic)
    Photograph albums
    Photographic prints
    Photomosaic maps
    Plans (drawings)
    Plans (maps)
    Prints (visual works)
    Proofs (printed matter)
    Reprographic copies
    Sculpture (visual work)
    Watercolors (paintings)


    Aldanov, Mark Aleksandrovich, 1886-1957
    Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922
    Barré, Louis, 1799-1857
    Berberova, Nina Nikolaevna
    Della Corte, Matteo
    Della Valle, Guido, b. 1884
    Falkener, Edward, 1814-1896
    Fiorelli, Giuseppe, 1823-1895
    García y García, Laurentino
    Gell, William, Sir, 1777-1836
    Hase, Friedrich-Wilhelm von
    Helbig, Wolfgang, 1839-1915
    House, John
    Johnston-Lavis, Henry James
    Kelsey, Francis W., 1858-1927
    Korsak, V., 1884-1944
    La Porta, Armando
    Labruzzi, Carlo, ca. 1765-1818
    Maiuri, Amedeo, 1886-1963
    Mau, August, 1840-1909
    Mazois, François, 1783-1826
    Minto, Antonio
    Murray, Margaret Alice
    Niccolini, Fausto, 1812?-1886
    Niccolini, Felice, b. 1816?
    Nowotny, Eduard
    Onorato, Giovanni Oscar
    Pais, Ettore, 1856-1939
    Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778
    Rossini, Luigi, 1790-1857
    Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch, 1870-1952
    Roux, Henri, fl. 19th cent.
    Scifoni, Guido
    Sommer, Giorgio, 1834-1914
    Soprano, Pietro
    Spinazzola, Vittorio, 1863-1943
    Ternite, Wilhelm, 1786-1871
    Van Buren, A.W.
    Vander Poel, Halsted B.
    Waele, Jos de
    Warscher, Tatiana
    Warsher, Tatiana
    Zahn, Wilhelm, 1800-1871