Pauling collection now includes 1960 data

Descriptions of nearly 8,000 documents as well as 54 illustrations and 88 full-text transcripts, all dating to the year 1960 are the latest addition to the growing “Linus Pauling Day-by-Day” project.

The “Linus Pauling Day-by-Day” is a constantly-expanding resource that provides in-depth description for a substantial portion of the half-million item Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers.
1960 was a difficult year for Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, one marked by two especially-harrowing incidents. At the end of January 1960, having become lost while walking near his coastal home, Pauling was forced to spend nearly 24 hours trapped on a cliff some 300-feet above the Pacific Ocean. Pauling didn’t suffer physical harm but the experience left him shaken.

An even greater source of stress emerged in the early summer, when Pauling was summoned to testify before the United States Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. Suspicious of Pauling’s peace activities, the subcommittee demanded that Pauling reveal the names of those individuals who assisted both he and his wife in their circulation of the famous United Nations Bomb Test Petition.
Though threatened with imprisonment for contempt of Congress, Pauling refused to divulge the requested information.

After two tense hearings and a great deal of media attention, the subcommittee ultimately relented, and Pauling was not penalized.
As with all of the years featured in “Linus Pauling Day-by-Day,” the 1960 release is comprised of thousands of text summaries, multi-page illustrations and transcripts of items held in the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers.

The on-line project began in 1999, when the OSU Libraries Special Collections launched an ambitious undertaking that seeks to closely-document virtually every day of Linus and Ava Helen Pauling’s lives.

This huge amount of data is presented in calendar form. Index pages created for each year of the Day-by-Day calendar provide an overview of the major events in the Paulings’ lives, a full accounting of their travel and snapshots from their various adventures at home and abroad.
Within the calendar, cross-referenced summaries of tens of thousands of documents are accompanied by weekly illustrations and a growing cache of full-text correspondence transcripts.

The product of all this information is a resource that provides unprecedented access to the daily activities of both Pauling as well as the many important figures with whom he communicated.

With the inclusion of the 1960 content, the project now boasts of well-over 76,000 activities listings, 1,700 illustrations and 2,000 transcripts.
To learn more about the project, see

~ Cliff Mead

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