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April 3, 1967

The Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medical History, University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1967;200(1):35-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140093014

In May 1966 an international symposium on Leonardo da Vinci was held at the University of California, Los Angeles, in which nine major authorities from five different nations presented lectures on some of the widely diverse facets of Leonardo's extraordinary life and activities. The proceedings are scheduled for publication in the autumn of 1967.

The occasion for the symposium was the celebration marking the opening of the University's new Dickson Art Center. However, the subject of the symposium was a recognition of Dr. Elmer Belt's generous donation of his great Leonardo collection; the formal opening of this collection as the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana coincided with the proceedings. As one member of the symposium remarked concerning the significance of the gift, "Possibly the British Museum or the Library of Congress contains, scattered throughout the immensity of its shelves, most of the volumes in the Belt collection. But nowhere else