This collection consists of 54 photographs and 2 postcards depicting the professional life and scientific achievements of Dr. Joseph Erlanger. Depicted subjects include formal portraits of Erlanger, scenes from a dinner hosted by President John F. and Jackie Kennedy at the White House for Nobel Laureates, studio views of Erlanger's Nobel Prize medal and certificate, and scenes from the presentation of Erlanger's papers to Washington University School of Medicine's Library in 1963.
Typed caption accompanying the photograph reads: "The University of Pennsylvania, today, (March 31), conferred honorary degrees upon two distinguished physiologists in connection with a series of scientific lectures which they will delivery at the University. Here is Dr. Thos. S. Gates, President of the University of Pennsylvania, presenting the degrees to Dr. Herbert Spencer Gasser, (left), Director of Laboratories of The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, and Dr. Joseph Erlanger, Professory of Physiology at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo."