- Airline ticket: American Airlines: Los Angeles to New York [Filed under LP Travel: Box #1.002, Folder 2.1]
- Check from AHP to Athenaeum for $26.10. [Filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, December 1954-February 1956), Box #4.023, Folder #23.1] [Also filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Check Registers, 1951-1960), Box #4.075, Folder #75.5]
- Check from AHP to Pasadena Art Museum for $10.00. [Filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, December 1954-February 1956), Box #4.023, Folder #23.1] [Also filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Check Registers, 1951-1960), Box #4.075, Folder #75.5]
- Check from AHP to Silverwoods for $10.25. [Filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, December 1954-February 1956), Box #4.023, Folder #23.1] [Also filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Check Registers, 1951-1960), Box #4.075, Folder #75.5]
- Check from LP to Bennett Travel Agency for $524.21. [Filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, December 1954-February 1956), Box #4.023, Folder #23.1] [Also filed under LP Biographical: (Business and Financial: Check Registers, 1951-1960), Box #4.075, Folder #75.3]
- Itinerary: leave Los Angeles at 9 PM [Filed under LP Travel: Box #1.002, Folder 2.1]
- Letter Dr. Per-Olov Lowdin, Quantum Chemistry Group, University of Uppsala, Sweden, to LP RE: Appreciates LP taking the time to write Lowdin and Howard Shull regarding the early history of the use of the discrete set of Laguerre polynomials in quantum mechanics. Regrets that LP will not be speaking at the Texas Conference on Molecular Electronic Quantum Mechanics. Have established a special research group for the study of atomic, molecular, and solid-state theory at Uppsala. Intends to develop a small Quantum Chemistry Library, filled with reprints of significant articles. Requests reprints of LP's earlier works. Under separate cover, sends reprints of his own work. Plans to attend the Texas Conference and visit places in the United States. Would like to visit Caltech if possible. [Letter from LP to Lowdin November 11, 1955] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (L: Individual Correspondence. (Longuet-Higgins - LuValle)), #218.4]
- Letter from Dr. F.H. Westheimer, Chemistry Dept., Harvard University, to LP RE: Has a graduate student who is interested in the phosphates. Hopefully he will obtain some crystals for LP in the near future. [Letter from LP to Westheimer August 16, 1955] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (W: Individual Correspondence. (Weichsel - White)), #434.6]
- Letter from Dr. P.A. van der Meulen, School of Chemistry, Rutgers University, to LP RE: Six years ago, LP recommended Dr. Philip A. Vaughan for appointment on Rutgers' staff. Has been pleased with Vaughan's teaching and research. Plans to recommend him for promotion to associate professorship later this year. Requests a letter of recommendation from LP regarding this promotion. Will supply reprints or a list of Vaughan's publications if necessary. [Letter from LP to van der Meulen November 11, 1955] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (V: Correspondence, 1933-1969), #427.15]
- Letter from LP to Dr. Alexander Rich, Cavendish Laboratory, Physics Dept., University of Cambridge. [Letters from Rich to LP October 1, 1955, November 10, 1955] [Filed under LP Science: Box #6.004, Folder #4.20] [Also filed under LP Correspondence: (R: Individual Correspondence. (Reynolds - Riley)), #329.3]
5 October 1955
Dr. Alexander Rich
I am interested to learn about the structure that you and Francis Crick have formulated for collagen. It seems to me to have serious disadvantages as compared to the one that we have been fooling around with for three years - a smaller fraction of proline and hydroxyproline positions actually occupied by these residues, a smaller fraction pf possible hydrogen bonds formed, etc. - but, of course, if I had felt sure that our structure is essentially right, we would have published a description of it some time ago.
I note that the amide II dichroism is not very well accounted for by your structure (if I have interpreted the structure correctly), but of course all arguments involving infrared absorption have to be used with caution because of the real possibility of interaction of the electric moment vectors of contiguous amide groups.
Dr. Marsh tells me that the atomic positions in leucylprolylglycine have not yet been completely refined. The dimensions of the proline ring at present are given on the attached sheet. The distances are probably reliable to about 0.05 A, and the angles to about 5°. The ring seems to be nearly planar; perhaps the 7 carbon atom is flopping through the plane, between positions about 0.2 A from the plane.
I am going to be in Washington next week, and I suppose that I shall not see you - I don't know when you plan to get back.
You will be amused to hear that I have just seen your letter of 8 August, six weeks after it arrived, I did not read it at once on its arrival, and covered it up with some other papers, disinterring it only last week, when I was astounded to see that it referred to a structure for collagen.
- Letter from LP to Dr. George Gamow, George Washington University RE: LP gives Gamow permission to use illustrations from his book General Chemistry and will forward the letter on to the publisher. [Filed under LP Science: (John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1953-1975), Box #14.015, Folder #15.3]
- Letter from LP to Dr. Irving Klotz, Chemistry Dept., Northwestern University, RE: Cannot accept Klotz's invitation to stop in Evanston on the way home from Detroit. Plans to stay at the "Structure-Specificity" Symposium for only the first day, speak that evening, and then take the plane home that night, in order to be home for the National Academy of Sciences meeting. [Letter from Klotz to LP September 30, 1955] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (K: Correspondence, 1936-1956), #200.20]
- Letter from LP to Dr. Robert Stollberg, President, National Science Teachers Association, RE: Does not know how both of Stollberg's letters have remained unanswered. Has been considering whether to accept Stollberg's invitation to be the banquet speaker at the Fourth Annual Convention of the National Science Teachers Association. Has decided that he is unable to accept the invitation, as he has already committed himself to a difficult schedule for the coming months. [Letter from Stollberg to LP September 21, 1955] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (S: Correspondence, 1953-1956), #379.3]
- Letter from LP to Dr. William B. Castle, Boston City Hospital, RE: Pleased to see the quotation from the paper by Hahn and Gillespie. Has never read the actual paper, but has known that they discussed the relation of sickling to hemoglobin in a clear way. [Letter from Castle to LP September 28, 1955] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (C: Correspondence, 1921-1957), #74.23]
- Letter from LP to Frank Kaplan, Chairman American Association of Scientific Workers RE: LP is pleased to be nominated for National President of the Association. LP declines the nomination because he does not believe that he is very good at administrative jobs, however he would be willing to maybe be vice president. [Filed under LP Peace: (Assorted Peace Groups, Am), Box #4.009, Folder #9.1]
- Letter from LP to Joseph Broadman, M.D., RE: Contrary to Broadman's beliefs, Caltech does not have a division of plastics. LP cannot answer Broadman's questions on cellulose acetate sheetings. [Filed under LP Correspondence: (B: Correspondence, 1955-1957), #38.1]
- Letter from LP to Professor Franz J. Kallmann, Psychiatry Dept., Columbia University, RE: Accept invitation to speak at the symposium on "Recent Progress in Genetics and its Implications for Psychiatric Theory" in Chicago on May 3. Does not remember received Dr. Lebensohn's letter regarding this matter; it may have been lost. Does not feel that he is an authority on genetics and knows nothing about psychiatry. However, will try to prepare a talk that will be acceptable to the APA members. [Letters from Kallman to LP October 3, 1955, October 11, 1955] [Filed under LP Speeches: 1956s.21]
- Letter from LP to Professor Ralph A. Beebe, Chemistry Dept., Amherst College, RE: Accepts invitation to visit Amherst, perhaps April 25-28. Will be lecturing in Illinois in April and would come east from there, stopping for the National Academy of Sciences meeting in Washington. AHP will probably come along. [Letters from Beebe to LP September 28, 1955, October 19, 1955] [Filed under LP Speeches: 1956s.19]
- Letter from LP to Professor Ralph Emerson, Botany Dept., University of California, Berkeley, RE: Perhaps could give some sort of talk at the Biology Colloquium at Berkeley on January 6, though is not very enthusiastic about his Pasadena AAAS talk on the genesis of ideas. Would rather discuss the details of structure and function that scientists gather. [Letter from Emerson to LP September 26, 1955, Telegram from Emerson to LP December 17, 1955] [Filed under LP Speeches: 1956s.3]
- Letter from LP to W.H. Freeman, W.H. Freeman and Company, Publishers, RE: Encloses a letter from Gamow and LP's response to him. Freeman will note that LP said that Freeman would consider the matter. [Filed under LP Correspondence: (W.H. Freeman and Company, 1941-1959), #439.13]
- Letter from Robert E.L. Crane, Division of International Education, Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of Education, to LP RE: Wonders if Aamund Salveson from Norway might be able to visit LP's laboratories. As part of the International Education Exchange Service Program, Salveson is spending six months in the U.S., observing technical programs in the U.S. Wonders if Crane could spend December 12 at Caltech. Encloses additional information regarding the program and Salveson. [Letter from LP to Crane November 11, 1955] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (S: Correspondence, 1953-1956), #379.3]