Hayford Peirce (1883–1946)
Hayford Peirce was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1883. After graduating from Harvard College in 1906, he spent considerable time in Europe, especially in Paris. He met Royall Tyler in 1918 in Paris, where, as a captain in the United States Army, he joined Tyler’s intelligence unit. Like Tyler, Peirce was part of the American delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference after the First World War. Royall Tyler influenced Peirce’s interest in Byzantine art, and Peirce became not only an amateur scholar but also a collector, especially of Byzantine coins. He collaborated with Royall Tyler on various books and articles about Byzantine art for the remainder of his life; these included Byzantine Art and L’art byzantin. Peirce married Polly Brown in Bangor, Maine, in 1937. He died on March 4, 1946, in Bangor.
“Obituary,” American Journal of Archaeology 50, no. 2 (April–June 1946): 293.