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Pieter Vandenbergh Papers

Identifier: M/A 0061

Description of Contents

The collection consists of two boxes containing various letters, notes, clippings, correspondence and related archival materials from Mr. Vandenbergh's life. Major topics include the labor and cooperative movements in Minneapolis as well as personal materials related to Vandenbergh's life and family.


  • 1910s-1970s

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


Pieter Vandenbergh was born in Bussum, The Netherlands on January 9, 1886. He emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in 1906 with his parents and eight younger brothers and sisters. In 1908 the family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where Vandenbergh would remain for the majority of his life. On March 25, 1916, Pieter married Edith Sylvania Blomquist.

Vandenbergh was an active member of the community in Minneapolis, particularly the labor and cooperative movements. Both Vandenbergh and his wife were active members of various cooperative organizations such as credit unions, insurance cooperatives, and related consumer groups. As a painter at the Nicollet Hotel, Pieter was an active member of the Painters' Union Local 386. He was also a member of the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis.

Vandenbergh and his wife moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1966. Pieter Vandenbergh died on October 1, 1981 — his wife died that same year. Both are buried in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Donor Information

Donated to the Minneapolis Public Library by Mary Vandenbergh Swalbach, Pieter Vandenbergh's daughter, in 1986 as accession 1998.29.

Pieter Vandenbergh Papers
Nick Steffel
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.