- Letter from Dan H Campbell RE: Lists the possible ideas for use of isotopes in research and states that it may be well worth while to take on some preliminary studies. [Letter from LP to Members of the Staff of the Department of Chemistry December 1, 1945] [Filed under California Institute of Technology: Research-related materials, 1944-1956: Box #1.028, Folder 28.1]
- Letter from Donald J. Saunders, Program Chairman, Syracuse Section, to LP. RE: Asks if it would be possible for him to give a talk to the Syracuse Section while he is in the east. [Filed under LP Science: American Chemical Society: Correspondence, 1943-1948: Box #14.003 Folder #3.3]
- Letter from Frank Aydelotte to LP RE: Thanks him again for the chance to read the report on exposure to cold. Expresses his disgust at the Nazi practices of experimenting on humans and hopes that the doctors involved will be tried. Mentions that he knew Rein of Gottingen, and hopes that he was not involved. [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #6.21, file:(Aydelotte, Frank, 1940-1956)]
- Letter from George G. Wright to LP RE: States that he has not planned to use isotopes but feels that he may if he formulates long-range program. [Letter from LP to Members of the Staff of the Department of Chemistry December 1, 1945] [Filed under California Institute of Technology: Research-related materials, 1944-1956: Box #1.028, Folder 28.1]
- Letter from H.R. Pyle, Professor of Mathematics, Whittier College, to LP. Accepts invitation to luncheon Wednesday, December 12. LP Peace: Box 4.012, Folder 12.7
- Letter from J. B. Keopfli to LP RE: States that it is desirable to have available radioactive phosphorus and N15 isotope of nitrogen to obtain information on the mechanism involved in the hemorrhagic reaction. [Letter from LP to Members of the Staff of the Department of Chemistry December 1, 1945] [Filed under California Institute of Technology: Research-related materials, 1944-1956: Box #1.028, Folder 28.1]
- Letter from L. Zechmeister to LP RE: States that he has no use for isotopes in his work but may need tracers for collaborative work. [Letter from LP to Members of the Staff of the Department of Chemistry December 1, 1945] [Filed under California Institute of Technology: Research-related materials, 1944-1956: Box #1.028, Folder 28.1]
- Letter from LP to Dr. Raymond J. Woodrow RE: Replies that he is sorry to hear of his wife's polio affliction, explains Dr. Billig's treatment using hot packs and muscle coordination, explains that the loss of power depends on the destruction of nerve fibers. Adds that Dr. Billig could give them more information and gives name of group specializing in this treatment closer to them, mentions the treatment of Dr. Midgley as an example of possible success. Asks ot let him know if he can give any more information. [Note from Woodrow to LP November 14, 1945] [Filed under LP Correspondence: 443.13]
- Letter from LP to Warren Weaver, The Rockefeller Foundation. [Filed under LP Science: Rockefeller Foundation, 1943-1983: Box #14.039 Folder #39.3]
December 4, 1945
I enclose a draft of the proposed application by the California Institute of Technology to The Rockefeller Foundation for a grant for support of basic research on the great problem of biology during the coming two decades. This draft was prepared by Beadle, Sturtevant, and me during Beadle’s visit to Pasadena at Thanksgiving time. We are very anxious to have your comments on the proposed program and on the draft of the application.
There is little mention in the draft of work on specific medical problems. We would expect to carry on, incidentally to the fundamental research, work on certain medical problems, whenever a promising lead, which could not easily be followed up elsewhere, appeared; but this sort of medical research would not constitute a major part of the program, according to present plans.
Page (Chairman of the Board of Trustees) and the members of the Executive Committee know about the plans to submit an application for a grant to you. They also know that the program would require the construction of two new buildings, and that about a million dollars, in addition to the funds available in the Kerckhoff Building Fund, would be needed for this purpose. This million dollars is not in our hands, but we think that it could be raised.
I hope that we have made it clear that it is not proposed to transfer existing activities to the new project (except for those special researches which have been carried out under terminating grants), and that the proposed program would involve great cooperation with the present activities of the Institute.
Beadle will not take up residence at the Institute until July, 1946, but he has already made great progress in getting the Division of Biology well in hand, and there exists an extremely fine spirit of cooperation between Biology and Chemistry, as well as Physics, here at the Institute. All of us are highly enthusiastic about the possibility of carrying on a most effective research program, and are confident that striking progress can be made, along the lines indicated in the draft of our application.
I trust that you will give us your candid advice. I am not planning to come East until the end of January, but if you felt that it was necessary to have a discussion with me I could make a trip to New York just before Christmas; or perhaps a telephone conversation would be enough.
With best regards, many thanks, and the sincere hope that you are rapidly improving in health, I am
- Letter from Linus Pauling Jr to the Pauling Family RE: Details his trip to Port Said and how interesting it was with the people who try to get them to buy things. Talks about his next stop in the United States, which he mentions later will be in New York. [Filed under LP Biographical: Family Correspondence: Linus Carl Pauling, Jr. 1946-1956: Box #5.037, Folder 37.1]
4 December 1945
Dear ones, big and little
In two hours we dock at Karachi, and here I am without letters written. A sorry state.
This past week has passes rapidly because there has been work to do.
We had only a couple of hours in Port Said, but a hilarious time. Paula pulled in to the
harbor just after dawn; I was on the bridge, seeing everything, of course ( that's the chief
advantage of my job) and noting the local small schooners and dhows. Then we anchored, and
immediately the ship was surrounded by a score of small boats with characters in them holding
up articles for sale. " Hello fine pocketbook, fine wallet, very fine suit case, twenty-five
dollar." After twenty minutes of barganing [sic] and vacillation, ten dollars would go over the
side in a basket and a rope and the suitcase would come up. Some fun.
A freighter near us was coaling. On each side were huge open coal barges with gang
planks leading up to the deck. On each plank was a line of men, black with dust, ragged,
bending under a sac of coal, and singing a dustone chant. And probably suffering from the
equivalent of silicosis.
We went ashore and were guided around town the native quarter is out of bounds.
Continually we were pestered by leech-like hawkers offering everything from Spanish Fly to
blackjacks. A terrific nuisance- one couldn't move. And they wouldn't go away.
I managed to course away from curio shops without being rooked to too great an extent.
I'll send my haul home, or bring it if I come.
I had a couple of cups of local coffee. Very rich and heavy, like Ovaltine, and not tasting
like coffee. Rather good, though.
Then on through the canal observing the aridity, camels, irrigation canals, and the
magnificence of the uniforms of the policemen and soldiers. Red, black, yellow, green.
The wind blew in the Red Sea, but since the Strait of Bab el Mandeb (of fame) the sea
has been glassy. Several nights ago I watched for three of four hours the most brilliant and
intense electrical storm I ever want to see. Every kind of lighting, between several layers of
clouds and the ocean. And it was proceeded by the outstanding sunset of the trip.
No news, yet, of our first destination. If New York the chances are good we'll arrive the
24th or 25th. So I hope it's N.Y. But if Seattle, arrival Jan 4th or 5th. So keep the tree as long as
possible. I'll get home by hack or by crack if we go to the west coast.
So, a very merry Christmas to you all, and an especially happy birthday to the best
mamma anyone ever had.
Oly love to everyone,
P.S. It's N.Y.
The possibility that the ship will be laid up for two or three weeks for conversion is
becoming almost a probability. I certainly hope so. At any rate I think we'll be here a week.
Again my love, Mom dear.
- Memorandum from Henry Allen Moe, Secretary, to LP and Dr. Wright. RE: Asks them to contact each other and come up with a few dates that both could meet for the first Committee of Selection meeting. Asks them to inform him of the dates. [Filed under LP Science: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1925-1945: Box #14.013, Folder #13.19]
- Writes cheque to "Don Kay," $30.19. [Filed under LP Biographical: Business and Financial, Box 4.017, Folder 17.3]
- Writes cheque to “AAA” $39.00 [LP Biographical: Business and Financial 4.073, folder 73.4]
- Writes cheque to “Ass Ame Atrists? 5.15 contemporary Patrily? + 50 privilege on etchings-” $5.65 [LP Biographical: Business and Financial 4.073, folder 73.4]
- Writes cheque to “Poly - Tuition for Crellin” $185.90 [LP Biographical: Business and Financial 4.073, folder 73.4]