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Finding Aid for the Martha Teach Gnudi Research and Publication Papers 1540-1977
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Martha Teach Gnudi Research and Publication Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1540-1977
    Collection number: 307
    Creator: Gnudi, Martha Teach 1908-1976
    Extent: 3 boxes (50 linear inches)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division
    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, English

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Contact the History and Special Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA, for information.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [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.

    Acquisition Information

    These materials were given to the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library by Lucie C. Gnudi in 2004.

    Biography

    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 1976.
    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 papers.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Tagliacozzi, Gaspare, 1545-1599, 1540-1970. 20 folders and scrapbook (disassembled)
    • Series 2. Ramelli, Agostino, 1531-ca. 1600, 1572-1977. 29 folders
    • Series 3. Bachot, Ambroise, 16th cent., 1587, 1598, 1974. 3 folders

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Ferguson, Eugene S.
    Gnudi, Martha Teach, 1908-1976
    Ramelli, Agostino, 1531-ca. 1600
    Tagliacozzi, Gaspare, 1545-1599
    Webster, Jerome Pierce, 1888-1974
    Machinery--Early works to 1800.
    Surgery, Plastic--History.