Finding Aid for the Paul Dell collection of documents pertaining to IBRO (International Brain Research Organization) 1961-1972

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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


Container List

box 1, folder 1

IBRO Statutes and By-Laws. 1961.

Scope and Content Note

Revised Edition, printed 1962 by UNESCO
box 1, folder 2

Restructuring of IBRO and revised Statutes and By-Laws. 1968-1970.

Scope and Content Note

transcript of initial Central Council meeting; notes discussing new structure of IBRO and by-law revisions; letters of comments and suggestions; approved version of new statutes and by-laws
box 1, folder 3

Symposium on "The Neurochemical Regulators of Brain Activity". 1961.

Scope and Content Note

correspondence re. a small symposium sponsored by IBRO and organized by Professors Paul Dell and Herbert Jasper
box 1, folder 4

IBRO Executive Committee and Central Council. 1964-1965.

box 1, folder 5

IBRO Executive Committee and Central Council. 1966.

box 1, folder 6

IBRO Executive Committee and Central Council. 1967.

box 1, folder 7

IBRO Executive Committee and Central Council. 1968.

box 1, folder 8

IBRO Executive Committee and Central Council. 1969.

box 1, folder 9

IBRO Executive Committee and Central Council. 1970.

Scope and Content Note

correspondence; Committee reports
box 1, folder 10

IBRO Executive Committee and Central Council. 1971.

Scope and Content Note

correspondence; minutes of IBRO Working Group on Brain Research and Working Paper no. I: IBRO Activities (1961-1971)/ Future Plans; Central Council minutes
box 1, folder 11

IBRO finances. 1968-1972.

Scope and Content Note

mainly correspondence with Donald B. Lindsley, IBRO Treasurer, 1969-1972
box 1, folder 12

IBRO Central Council Sub-Committee on Symposia. 1961-1971.

Scope and Content Note

Symposium Program review, with listing of symposia, 1961-1971; Committee reports, 1967-1971; general Committee correspondence; correspondence concerning specific symposia
box 1, folder 13

IBRO Central Council Sub-Committee on Education. 1961-1971.

Physical Description: folder 1 of 2

Scope and Content Note

report on the Workshop Program, 1961-1971, listing workshops; Committee reports, 1968-1970; general Committee correspondence
box 1, folder 14

IBRO Central Council Sub-Committee on Education. 1968-1970.

Physical Description: folder 2 of 2

Scope and Content Note

correspondence, participants lists, and reports, for: 1. "Neurochemical and Neuroendocrinological Methods in Brain Research" Visiting Workshop, Karachi, Pakistan, 1968; 2. "Neurophysiological Techniques Related to Behavior", Visiting Workshop, Kotor, Yugoslavia, 1969; 3. "Synaptic Mechanisms" Visiting Workshop, Kiev, USSR, 1970
box 1, folder 15

IBRO Central Council Sub-Committee on Grants and Fellowships. 1958-1970.

Scope and Content Note

Committee reports; correspondence and reports on fellowships, travel grants, and temporary research teams
box 1, folder 16

The Application of Brain Research to Problems in Education and Social Sciences. 1968--1971.

Scope and Content Note

reports and correspondence of an interdepartmental committee tasked with planning IBRO's projects and contributions to an UNESCO program; correspondence and reports of various expert working groups
box 1, folder 17

IBRO Bulletin. 1967-1970.

Scope and Content Note

correspondence and reports
box 1, folder 18

IBRO external relationships - national and international brain research organizations. 1969-1971.

Physical Description: folder 1 of 3

Scope and Content Note

correspondence
box 1, folder 19

IBRO external relationships - UNESCO, WHO. 1968-1970.

Physical Description: folder 2 of 3

Scope and Content Note

official documents; correspondence
box 1, folder 20

IBRO external relationships - ICRO (International Cell Research Organization). 1963-1972.

Physical Description: folder 3 of 3

Scope and Content Note

activity reports
box 1, folder 21

Correspondence. 1969-1971.

Physical Description: folder 1 of 2

Scope and Content Note

general incoming letters, most with replies
box 1, folder 22

Correspondence. 1968-1971.

Physical Description: folder 2 of 2

Scope and Content Note

carbon copies of outgoing correspondence, bulk for 1969

Note

some duplication with other folders
box 1, folder 23

Obituaries. 1977.