Elmer Belt, M.D. (1893-1980), was an internationally
recognized urologist, a book lover who built and donated several important
collections to universities including an unrivaled library of scholarly
materials by and about Leonardo da Vinci, and a civic activist instrumental in
the founding of the UCLA School of Medicine. His interests were wide and his
energy unflagging. This collection of professional and personal papers,
contributed by the estate of his nephew Willard Goodwin, M.D., illustrates Dr.
Belt's intellectual interests, gracious concern for people of all stations, and
his contributions to the science and practice of urology. Unfortunately severe
mildew had attacked seven of the original 32 boxes of the gift and these had to
Elmer Belt, M.D. (1893-1980), was a Los Angeles area urologist, bibliophile,
and humanist who was instrumental in the founding of the School of Medicine,
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). An avid book collector, Dr. Belt
became an expert on Leonardo da Vinci and his time, amassing a large and
important collection of books and other material related to da Vinci's life and
work. He donated this collection to UCLA in 1961.
26 boxes (27 linear ft.)
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.
The collection is open for research, but access to some materials are
restricted due to patient or legal confidentiality protocols. If a folder is
missing from its assigned box, have staff check the Restricted Files series. All
materials are stored off site and require advance notice for use. Please contact
History and Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Louise M. Darling
Biomedical Library, 310.825.6940, to arrange for use.