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Finding Aid for the Paul Dell collection of documents pertaining to IBRO (International Brain Research Organization) 1961-1972
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Paul Dell collection of documents pertaining to IBRO (International Brain Research Organization),
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1972
    Collection number: 142
    Creator: Dell, Paul 1915-1976
    Extent: 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Internationally known and respected neuroscientist Paul Charles Dell, M.D., was intimately connected with the founding and growth of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), an independent non-governmental organization with UNESCO affiliation. This collection covers IBRO documents and correspondence from 1961 to 1972, with the bulk from 1969 to 1971, the years in which Professor Dell was its Executive Secretary. Included are minutes and reports of IBRO governing bodies and committees and a great deal of correspondence.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences for paging information.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English, French, Russian

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences for paging information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul Dell collection of documents pertaining to IBRO (International Brain Research Organization), (Collection 142) Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was deposited in the UCLA Neuroscience History Archives, which transferred it to History & Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Library Special Collections, in 2013.

    Biography

    Paul Dell, M.D. (1915-1976) was an internationally respected neurophysiologist whose major research focused on the brainstem reticular formation and its autonomic and humoral regulatory mechanisms. After graduation from the Faculty of Medicine, Strasbourg, he served as an army doctor in 1939-1940. After four years of physiological research in Lyon he joined the Faculty of Medicine in Strasbourg. 1949-1950 saw him in Chicago working with Warren McCulloch and Horace W. Magoun, and in 1951 he returned to Paris to join the C.N.R.S., where he rose to be Director of Research. In 1967 he moved to the Division of Neurobiological Research of I.N.S.E.R.M. in Marseille, to become its director.
    Dr. Dell was one of a group of neuroscientists who, through discussions at the newly founded International Federation of Societies for Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, and at the important Colloquium of Electroencephalography and Higher Nervous Activity (known as the "Moscow Colloquium") in 1958, articulated the need for a multidisciplinary organization to facilitate international collaboration and communication in basic brain research, and presented a resolution to form such a body. These discussions and resolution led eventually to the formation of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). The first governing body of IBRO met in Paris in 1960, and the association was incorporated in 1961 as an independent non-government organization affiliated with UNESCO. (An excellent early history of IBRO was published in "Neuroscience" 72(1):283-306, 1996).
    Dr. Dell was active in the formation of IBRO, and he served the organization faithfully until the end of his life. He was part of the original governing council, co-organized an early IBRO-sponsored symposium in 1962 (The Neurochemical Regulators of Brain Activity), was appointed Deputy Executive Secretary in 1962 for a time, and served as Executive Secretary from 1969 to 1971. He also was a consultant for brain research to UNESCO for many years, and advised IBRO on its relationship with UNESCO. He was one of the founding members, and an editor in neurophysiology, of the journal "Experimental Brain Research".

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists entirely of documents and correspondence related to the founding and growth of IBRO (International Brain Research Organization), an independent non-governmental organization with UNESCO affiliation. Included are minutes and reports of IBRO governing bodies and committees and a great deal of correspondence. The bulk of the material dates from 1969 to 1971, the years when Dr. Paul Dell was Executive Secretary; the outgoing correspondence from his office during those years may be represented in its entirety. For the earlier years there are fewer letters and reports, but the activities of the Executive Committee and the Central Council are well covered. The names and contents of the folders are those of the original binders.

    Related Material

    UCLA Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, Manuscript Collection #143, "Heinrich Waelsch collection of documents pertaining to IBRO" contains similar [and sometimes overlapping] documents and correspondence, for 1961-1965.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Dell, Paul, 1915-1976 -- Archives
    International Brain Research Organization -- history
    Neurosciences -- history
    Neuroscientists -- Archival resources
    Societies, Medical -- Collected Correspondence
    Societies, Scientific -- Collected Correspondence