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Casa Artom Scrapbooks

Finding Aid & Inventory

Casa Artom, located on the Grand Canal in Venice, is owned by Wake Forest University and used to house students and faculty studying in Venice.

The collection consists of 14 bound scrapbooks (originals and facsimiles) in which students and other visitors have written their thoughts and reminiscences about their time at Casa Artom.

Biographical and Historical Note

Casa Artom is a house facing the Grand Canal in Venice. It was purchased by Wake Forest University in 1974. The two-story house, built in the 1820s, is located between the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Ca'Dario, in a residential neighborhood called Dorsoduro. Casa Artom is named for Dr. Camillo Artom, a faculty member at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and his wife Bianca, a teacher of Italian and native of Venice. Wake Forest University students and faculty reside in Casa Artom while participating in the semester in Venice or other study-abroad programs.

Collection Overview

Guests at Casa Artom are invited to sign and record their experiences in guest books. The Casa Artom Scrapbook Collection consists of 14 of these volumes, dating from ca. 1974 until 2007. Most of the inscriptions are by students, usually written at the end of their stay. They include remininscenses of their time in Venice and advice for students who visit Casa Artom in the future. The scrapbooks also include photographs and drawings of and by the students and faculty.

One volume consists of descriptions of memorial and other gifts to Casa Artom, and renovations done to the house as service projects by students and faculty.

In 2008 facsimile volumes were produced by Etherington Conservation Services.

Collection Inventory

  • Student memoirs, (1985-2007)
    • Summer 1974 - Summer 1985
    • Summer 1985 - Fall 1988
    • Fall 1988 - Summer 1996
    • May 1995 - May 2000
    • Summer 1997 - Spring 2007
    • Fall 2000 - Spring 2003
    • Fall 2003 - Summer 2007
  • Gift record book, (1974?-2006)
    • 1971? - Spring 2006

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Casa Artom
Casa Artom Scrapbooks
Date [inclusive]
1974 - 2007
2.5 linear feet  1 banker's box, 1 oversized letter box, 1 oversized box
Mixed materials [Box]
Mixed materials [Box]
Mixed materials [Box]

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
MS 591, Casa Artom Scrapbooks, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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