Oral Histories

Interview of Elmer Belt

UCLA professor of urology and collector of materials related to Leonardo da Vinci.
Surgeon and Bibliophile
Interviews not in a series, part one
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of urology and collector of materials related to Leonardo da Vinci.
De Vecsey, Esther
Belt, Elmer
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood memories of Chicago; move to Los Angeles; education; Mary Ruth Smart; attending University of California, Berkeley; fellow student Robert Gordon Sproul; collecting books on medical history and Florence Nightingale; first-year medical studies, 1916; George W. Corner; Herbert McLean Evans; surgical training at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston; start of private practice in Pacific Mutual Building, Los Angeles, 1923; insurance examinations for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Barlow Medical Library; George Dock and William Dock; county hospital work in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Orange counties; reviving medical school at University of Southern California; efforts to start medical school at UCLA; Robert Gordon Sproul, Edward A. Dickson, and Earl Warren; Edwin Pauley and Harry S Truman; supporting Upton Sinclair for California governor, 1934; appointed to California State Board of Public Health by Governor Culbert L. Olson; continuing service on Board of Public Health under Governor Warren; collecting Leonardo da Vinci materials; library housed in office at 1893 Wilshire Boulevard; medical education at University of California, Berkeley; appointment to Hooper Institute; urological research with Frank Hinman; Hollywood Presbyterian, Good Samaritan, and other Los Angeles hospitals; Upton Sinclair as patient; Jake Zeitlin and Josephine Ver Brugge Zeitlin; Dust Bowl émigrés and public health; Eleanor Roosevelt and compounds for workers near Tulare, California; Ruth Belt and the UCLA Art Council; Kate Steinitz and Vinciana collection; Florence Nightingale and Silas Weir Mitchell collections; Carlo Pedretti; Ladislao Reti; the Madrid Codices; audience with Pope Pius XII; return from Europe at start of World War II; Sir Husain Suhrawardy.