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The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
at Oregon State University

1200 Illustrations
Presented by the Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Oregon State University

A twenty-year labor of love for the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center has reached its pinnacle with the publication of The Pauling Catalogue. At six volumes and nearly 1,800 pages, The Pauling Catalogue is a fittingly ambitious tribute to the remarkable lives of Linus and Ava Helen Pauling.

The Paulings left an indelible mark on the twentieth century. Dr. Linus Pauling (1901-1994), the century's pre-eminent chemist, attained scientific renown through his pioneering contributions to structural chemistry, molecular biology and nutrition. In tandem with Ava Helen Pauling (1903-1981), his wife of fifty-eight years, Linus Pauling was likewise among the Cold War era's greatest agitators for peace and civil liberties. He remains history's only recipient of two unshared Nobel prizes - the first for his landmark research on the nature of the chemical bond (1954) and the second for his tireless activism in opposition to above-ground nuclear testing (1962).

In 1986 Linus Pauling donated both his and Ava Helen's papers to their alma mater, Oregon State University. At over 500,000 items, the Pauling Papers stand as among the largest personal archives in the world. Now, twenty years after its donation, the OSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, is very proud to present the complete inventory of this remarkable collection. Richly illustrated listings of the Paulings' extensive correspondence, manuscripts, research notebooks and awards, as well as their scientific, peace and personal papers make The Pauling Catalogue an invaluable resource for scholars of twentieth century history.

"Professor Pauling is one of the most prominent and inventive scientists in this country. I have the highest esteem for his character and for his reliability as a man and as a citizen."

Albert Einstein, 1952
The Linus Pauling Catalogue Presented by Special Collections at Oregon State University
  • Six volumes and nearly 1,800 pages - the most detailed inventory of one of the world's greatest archival collections.
  • Introductions to each volume by major authors, historians of science and members of the Pauling family.
  • A beautifully illustrated forty-five page Timeline chronicling the details of Linus and Ava Helen Pauling's extraordinary lives.
  • An extensive reproduction of Linus Pauling's 1917 diary, written by a college freshman soon to become one of history's greatest scientists.
  • Nearly 1,200 illustrations - many in full color - amplified with captions telling the stories behind the images.
  • All six volumes are held in an elegant slipcase illustrated with an image by celebrated photographer Phil Stern.
  • View the Table of Contents

Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, 1924.

Ava Helen Pauling and Linus Pauling on the Pacific Ocean beach at Corona del Mar, California, 1924.

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The Pauling Catalogue is available for purchase from the Special Collections & Archives Research Center for $125 USD plus $15 shipping and handling in the Continental US (higher shipping to Alaska or Hawaii and International orders).

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