Scope and Content
Title: Martha Teach Gnudi Research and Publication
Date (inclusive): 1540-1977
Collection number: 307
Creator: Gnudi, Martha Teach
(50 linear inches)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: The collection consists of materials relevant to the
publication of Dr. Gnudi's major volumes on Renaissance Italians: 1)"The Life
and Times of Gaspare Tagliacozzi." New York: 1950; 2)"The Various and Ingenious
Machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli." Baltimore: 1976; and to a related journal
article: "Agostino Ramelli and Ambroise Bachot", 1974. Included are copies,
transcriptions and translations of original texts, other research materials,
notes, manuscript drafts, photographs, etc.
Physical location: History and Special Collections Division,
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Language of Material: Collection materials in Italian, French,
The collection is open for research. Contact the History and Special
Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA, for
Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical
Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and
their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission
to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.
[Identification of item], Martha Teach Gnudi Research and Publication Papers,
307, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections
Division, University of California, Los Angeles.
These materials were given to the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library by
Lucie C. Gnudi in 2004.
Dr. Martha Teach Gnudi (1908-1976), scholar, historian and librarian,
received her B.A. cum laude in classics and history at the University of
Southern California, where she laid the foundation for her proficiency in
Italian, French, German and Latin. Upon graduation she was awarded a fellowship
by the Institute of International Education to study in Italy. She received the
doctorate in "belle lettere" from the University of Bologna in 1931.
In the early 1930s she became Research Assistant in the History of Medicine
to the noted plastic surgeon Jerome P. Webster of Columbia University's College
of Physicians and Surgeons. Over the years the scope of her assignment broadened
to include responsibility for the Webster Library of Plastic Surgery (now part
of the Columbia University Health Sciences Library), which led her to obtaining
a Master's degree in librarianship in 1963. A year later she became head of the
new UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections
Division, which she organized and led to great distinction until her death in
Dr. Gnudi's scholarly pursuits continued in parallel with her other
activities. She published three major works: "The Pirotechnia" of Vannoccio
Biringuccio, with Stanley Smith; "The Life and Times of Gaspare Tagliocozzi",
with Jerome P. Webster; and "The Various and Ingenious Machines of Captain
Agostino Ramelli", with Eugene S. Ferguson; she also wrote articles, book
reviews, and short biographies for the "Dictionary of Scientific Biography".
Scope and Content
The collection consists of research and production materials which mainly
concern Dr. Gnudi's books on Tagliacozzi and Ramelli. Included are copies,
transcriptions, and translations of original texts; secondary research
documents; partial drafts of manuscrips; some galley and page proofs of the
Ramelli volume; and a scrapbook of photographs, speeches and ephemera stemming
from the 1952 honors bestowed on Drs. Gnudi and Webster by the University of
Bologna. The collection is only a partial remnant of Dr. Gnudi's working
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Tagliacozzi, Gaspare, 1545-1599, 1540-1970. 20 folders and
- Series 2. Ramelli, Agostino, 1531-ca. 1600, 1572-1977. 29 folders
- Series 3. Bachot, Ambroise, 16th cent., 1587, 1598, 1974. 3 folders
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Machinery--Early works to