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Ivan Petrovich Pavlov Collection of 18 Contemporary Laboratory Photographs ca. 1900
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  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ivan Petrovich Pavlov Collection of 18 Contemporary Laboratory Photographs,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1900
    Collection number: 19
    Creator: Kupalov, Petr Stepanovich 1904-1995
    Extent: 18 mounted 9 x 7" photographs
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The collection of photographs, taken around the turn of the 20th century, shows Pavlov's laboratories, coworkers, and some laboratory procedures used in his experiments. The photographs were presented by one of Pavlov's pupils, Professor Petr Stepanovich Kupalov, to Dr. Mary A. B. Brazier, Professor of Anatomy, UCLA, in 1958 on the occasion of an international meeting in Russia. Dr. Brazier presented the photos to the History and Special Collections Division, UCLA Biomedical Library in 1985, in honor of UCLA School of Medicine's former Dean, Sherman M. Mellinkoff, M.D.
    Physical location: History and Special Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California, Los Angeles
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    The photographs are available for viewing at the History and Special Collections Division, UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ivan Petrovich Pavlov collection of 18 contemporary laboratory photographs (Manuscript collection 19). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3883483 

    Acquisition Information

    Prof. Petr Stepanovich Kupalov, a student of Pavlov, presented these photographs to Dr. Mary A. B. Brazier, Professor of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biophysics, UCLA School of Medicine, in 1958. Dr. Brazier and her UCLA colleague, Dr. Horace Magoun, were visiting various neurophysiology laboratories in the Soviet Union that summer and participating in two international meetings in Leningrad and Moscow.
    In 1985 Dr. Brazier gave the photographs to the UCLA Biomedical Library in honor of the UCLA School of Medicine's former dean, Sherman Mellinkoff.


    Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936) studied physiology and received a doctorate in medicine from St. Peterburg University in 1883. From 1879 to 1890 he was professor of pharmacology in St. Petersburg, then became professor of physiology and later director of the St. Peterburg Institute for Experimental Medicine until 1936. After early work on control of blood pressure he soon turned to studying the physiology of digestion. The new techniques of surgery and postoperate care he invented openend up the study of digestive processes in normal healthy animals over long periods of time.
    Pavlov's investigation of digestion in living dogs led him to propose a new theory of behavior. Based on his observations of the reaction of dogs to the sight of food or to the sound of a bell they associated with food, he formulated the idea and coined the term conditioned reflex, providing a way of reducing complex behavior to basic units that could be studied in scientific terms. During the 1920s Pavlov and his students extended his theory of animal behavior to human psychology. For his work in digestive physiology he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1904.

    Scope and Content

    The 18 photographs are approximately 9" x 7", mounted on 13.5" x 9.75" gray cardboard matts. All but two of the pictures have a typed explanatory label glued to the cardboard back, which formed the basis for captions used in an UCLA Library exhibit shortly after receipt of the collection; these captions are also included.
    The photographs picture Prof. Pavlov and his coworkers at the St. Petersburg Institute for Experimental Medicine ca. 1902, some of the experimental dogs in the laboratory and outside, and Institute buildings and laboratories.

    Related Material

    Additional materials describing and arising from the 1958 trip to the Soviet Union during which Dr. Brazier was presented these photographs, are included in Dr. Brazier's papers, Manuscript Collection #42, History and Special Collections Division, UCLA Biomedical Library.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Institut fiziologii im. I.P. Pavlova - Photographs
    Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich, 1849-1936 - Photographs