Linus Pauling receiving the Joseph Priestley Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Chemical Society. 1984.
Linus Pauling receiving the Joseph Priestley Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Chemical Society. 1984.
Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. (Click to enlarge)


"Like Looking Over His Shoulder." Lee Sherman. Terra Magazine, Summer 2008.

"The chemistry of love." Kyle Odegard. Corvallis Gazette-Times, February 14, 2008.

"A place for Pauling: Noted scientist still has an office at Oregon State." Kyle Odegard. Corvallis Gazette-Times, October 27, 2007.

"It is doubtful that there is another collection of one person's accomplishments and life, both personal and professional, to match this one in breadth and depth."
Nancy A. Bunker, (p. 140) Primary Source Collections in the Pacific Northwest: An Historical Researchers Guide, Westport Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.

"Treasures of the Valley," by George P. Edmonston, Jr. Oregon Stater 90, 2 (September 2005): 14-19.

"A Prized Collection: Pauling Memorabilia," by Elizabeth K. Wilson. Chemical and Engineering News (August 7, 2000): 62-63.


Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA, reviewed by National History Education Clearinghouse. September 2011.

"Website of the Week - Linus Pauling Online." Voice of America News, July 24, 2009.

"This resource presents a unique historical perspective. Undergraduates reading these documents and hearing and seeing these presentations on the peace movement will gain an understanding and respect for the difficult fight for nuclear sanity decades ago."
"Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement. Internet Resource." Potter, F. CHOICE, 45-4953, (May 2008). Review of Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement: A Documentary History.

"Best of the Rest." Sidebar to "A Life Online," by Henry Nicholls. Nature, 443 (October 19, 2006): 747.

"Netwatch: The Making of the Atomic Bond," Mitch Leslie, ed. Science 307 (January 7, 2005): 21.

"This site will hopefully be emulated by many other libraries with important collections of historical documents."
"Linus Pauling and the race for DNA. Internet Resource." Guilfoile, P. CHOICE, 41-1531, (November 2003). Review of Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA: A Documentary History.

"Linus Pauling Research Notebooks," American Scientists Online (June 23, 2003).;jsessionid=baa98V6d2fjtpx

"Major Additions to the Linus Pauling Canon," by Derek A. Davenport. Journal of Chemical Education 79, 8 (August 2002): 946-948.

"Netwatch: The Pauling Files," Mitch Leslie, ed. Science 295 (March 22, 2002): 2183.

"Linus Pauling's Notebooks Now Available on the Web," by Brian Handwerk. National Geographic News (March 7, 2002).

"From The Mind of Pauling", Henry Fountain. NY Times, Vol. CLI, No. 52,041 (February 26, 2002): D4.

" of the best educational resources on the Web."
Award of Excellence from StudySphere, in their "Chemistry History" section, for the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. July 2006.

Pauling Centenary Exhibit awarded Exploratorium's Ten Cool Sites award. December 2001.


The Special Collections & Archives Research Center has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Oregon Experience" documentary series. Below are the films on which we have collaborated most intensively. Each documentary is available for viewing online.

The Braceros

Civilian Conservation Corps

A Cuisine of Our Own

Linus Pauling

Pendleton Round-Up: The Wild West Way

Reub Long's Oregon Desert

Wayne Morse


"[Pauling's] concern for the humanitarian and ethical consequences of scientific discovery add an extra dimension of analysis for historians of science. It is fitting that his archivists have now published one of the finest catalogs for the papers of an individual scientist....The Pauling Catalogue is well worth the $125 purchase price and is a must-have for any Pauling researcher or university library."
Review by Gregory J. Morgan and Emily A. Jones, Spring Hill College. Journal of the History of Biology, Vol. 41, No. 2 (June 2008): 403-406.

"For the illustrations alone, nearly twelve hundred of them, anyone interested in Pauling's life should buy the catalogue . . . [The Pauling Catalogue] provides an immense amount of information about Linus Pauling and his times and will be the invaluable source of material for future biographies."
Review by Jack Dunitz, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland. Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, Vol. 33, No. 1 (2008): 45-46.

"The catalog is ideal for historians of science, and is engaging for browsing by chemists, students, and general readers....Highly recommended."
Review by A. Viste, emeritus, Augustana College. CHOICE, 45-0288, (September 2007).

"It constitutes an invaluable resource for historians of science and chemistry, scholars of science policy, and advocates of the peace movement, along with practicing chemists and scientists interested in the history of their fields, especially during the 20th century. It belongs in every academic library."
Review by George B. Kauffman, California State University, Fresno. The Chemical Educator, (2007): 12, 4, Media Reviews.
Reprinted as "Book Review: The Pauling Catalogue. By Chris Petersen and Cliff Mead." Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 46 (3): 8112-8113.

Review by Patrick Shea. Chemical Heritage Newsmagazine, Winter 2007/8, Vol. 25, No. 4.