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Bianca Artom Collection

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Biographical and Historical Note

Bianca Artom came to America with her husband, Dr. Camillo Artom, when they fled fascist Italy in 1939. Dr. Artom had been put in touch with Dr. Coy Carpenter, dean of the Wake Forest College Medical School, who helped secure a job for him on faculty as chair of the biochemistry department. Dr. Artom retired in 1961 and died in 1970. In 1975, Bianca began teaching Italian language and literature at Wake Forest. She taught until 1990, and also served as the summer director for the Casa Artom study abroad program for many years before she died in 1994.

Collection Overview

This collection contains many of Mrs. Artom's hand-written recipes that were later compiled to make a cookbook, Bianca's Italian Table, after her death in 1994. There are also copies of the cookbook. The second group of materials are related to Casa Artom, the house purchased by Wake Forest in 1974 and used for the Venice study abroad program. It was named in honor of the Artoms, and these files contain information about the purchase of and repairs to the house, the study abroad program, and legal agreements concerning the house.

Collection Inventory

  • Cookbook materials
    • Two copies of "Bianca's Italian Table" cookbook
    • Beef and veal recipes / Box 1 Folder 1
    • Bread recipes / Box 1 Folder 2
    • Dessert recipes / Box 1 Folder 3
    • Party or Luncheon recipes / Box 1 Folder 4
    • Pasta recipes / Box 1 Folder 5
    • Salad and quiche recipes / Box 1 Folder 6
    • Sauces, dips and spreads recipes / Box 1 Folder 7
    • Seafood recipes / Box 1 Folder 8
    • Turkey and chicken recipes / Box 1 Folder 9
    • Vegetable recipes / Box 1 Folder 10
    • Recipe booklet / Box 1 Folder 11
    • News clippings / Box 1 Folder 12
  • Casa Artom materials
    • Architectural drawings / Box 2 Folder 1
    • Wake Forest In Venice Program / Box 2 Folder 2
    • Legal documents, purchase information / Box 2 Folder 3
    • Renovations and repairs, costs, plans (most in Italian) / Box 2 Folder 4
    • Transfer of property, purchase information / Box 2 Folder 5

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Bianca Artom Collection
MS 656
0.6 linear feet  1 letter document case, 1 half legal document case

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open to researchers. 
Conditions Governing Use note
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 note
Bianca Artom collection, MS 656, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

The collection of Dr. Camillo Artom is housed at the Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The papers of Dr. Camillo Artom are open to qualified scholars after an interview with the Archives’ staff.

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