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FILE Identifier: MS2

Prentice Van Walbeck Duell papers


Papers of architect, archaeologist, and Harvard University Fogg Art Museum research fellow, Prentice Duell. Includes correspondence, subject files, research materials, compositions, original drawings, photographs, and printed materials.


  • 1894-1960

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The collection is open for research use. Please contact Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions imposed on the use of the material beyond the regulations established for consulting University-owned manuscripts.


16 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Sources: Harvard Alumni Directory, Harvard Quinquennial Catalogue, and NCAB 44:226-7 (1962).

Born, New Albany, Indiana, August 17, 1894
A.B., University of California
Research on Spanish mission architecture in Southwest
A.M., University of Arizona
Enlisted in aviation section, U.S. Army
Studied architecture an Paris
Continued research in Southwest and in Sonora, Mexico
Instructor in history of architecture at University of Illinois
Awarded Charles Eliot Norton fellowship to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. At the same time he was architect at the excavations at Nemea, Philius, and Corinth.
M.Arch., Harvard University, and registered as Architect in New York City in 1924.
Visiting fellow at American Academy in Rome, Italy
Assistant professor of ancient architecture at University of Cincinnati
Professor of ancient architecture at University of Cincinnati
Lecturer in classical archeology at Bryn Mawr
Leave of absence to study Etruscan tomb painting of 5th century B.C. at Tarquinia, Italy. At same time a fellow of Guggenheim Found. to copy in color the best-preserved paintings of that period
Professor of classical archeology at Bryn Mawr
Field director of expedition to Sakkarah pyramids (fifteen miles south of Cairo) for the Oriental Instit. of the Univ. of Chicago
Sakkarah Expedition in Egypt. Simultaneously held appointment as non-resident associate professor of ancient Mediterranean art in the department of oriental languages and literature, Univ. of Chicago
Research in London and Vienna
Research fellow in Etruscan art at the William Hayes Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Died, Boston, Mass, April 16, 1960.


Organized into the following four series:

  1. I. Personal correspondence (A-Z)
  2. II. Subject file
  3. ___A. Notebooks and fieldbooks
  4. ___B.Pigments
  5. ___C. Archaeology
  6. III. Book, article,and lecture file
  7. ___A. Material for two unpublished books
  8. ______A1.Etruscan painting of the fifth century B.C. at Terquinia -- Text
  9. ______A2. Etruscanpainting of the fifth century B.C. at Terquinia -- Material
  10. ______A3. Etruscan paintingof the fifth century B.C. at Terquinia -- Photographs
  11. ______A4. The palette of theancient painter -- Text
  12. ______A5. The palette of the ancient painter -- Material
  13. ______A6. The palette of the ancient painter -- Negatives of the ancient artist at work
  14. ______A7. The palette of the ancient painter -- Photographs, illustrations, and othermaterials
  15. ______A8. The palette of the ancient painter -- Clippings, offprints, etc...forbibliography
  16. ___B. Chapters in books and articles
  17. ______B1. The painted decoration in the Fountain of Peirene at Corinth
  18. ______Review of theProblem of Aegean wall painting
  19. ______Etruscan wall paintings and their technique
  20. ______The technique and pigments of ancient painting
  21. IV. Oversized material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Fogg Art Museum.

Duell, Prentice, 1894-1960. Prentice Van Walbeck Duell papers, 1894-1960: Register.
Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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