Letter from Linus Pauling to Vickrey Dougherty. Page 1. October 16, 1961
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  • Letter from Dorothy Bricker, Chairman, Hollywood Los Feliz Jewish Community Center, to LP, RE: Invites LP to speak on “Can a thermonuclear war be won?” on January 22nd at 8:00 pm.  Because of the nature of the subject, a speaker will be invited to support the affirmative. [Letter from LP to Mrs. Bricker, October 26, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (H: Correspondence, 1961-1962), #168.1]
  • Letter from Dr. Howard S. Mason, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oregon Medical School, to LP, RE: Invites LP to speak at the University of Oregon Medical School as part of a course on Fundamental Aspects of Disease.  December 14 or December 21 would be best, but any time between December 14 and March 8 would work.  He is having trouble presenting diseases in terms of molecular mechanisms, a topic that many of his colleagues are too conservative about. [Letter from LP to Mason, October 26, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (O: Correspondence, 1937-1965), #300.23]
  • Letter from Irv Kaufman, Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, to LP, RE: Kaufman would like to arrange a 15 minute question and answer session with a group of young people which would follow LP's scheduled speech in Philadelphia on November 8th. [Filed under LP Correspondence: (Y: Correspondence, 1938-1977), #462.17]
  • Letter from Irving Beinin to LP, RE: Beinin has already asked several people to join in the presentation of signatures to the United Nations.  Beinin asks that LP make arrangements to secure an appointment at the United Nations.  [Reply from LP October 23, 1961] [Filed under LP Peace: (Correspondence re: circulation and signing of An Appeal to Stop the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, April-December, 1961), Box #5.013, Folder #13.1]
  • Letter from K.S. Pitzer to LP (Members of the Section of Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences) RE: Discusses voting and ballot information following the caucus of the Section of Chemistry held in the spring of 1961 and encloses biographical and bibliographical material for the nominees. [Filed under LP Science: (National Academy of Sciences, 1955-1969), Box #14.021, Folder #21.4] 
  • Letter from LP to B.L. Dobler, Industrial Relations, Convair, RE: LP recommends Dr. Brian F. Gray; “he would be a good member of your research group”.  [Letter from Mr. Dobler to LP, October 12, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (G: Correspondence, 1957-1961), #141.5]
  • Letter from LP to Dr. Albert Porter, Division of Business, San Jose State College, RE: LP is grateful for Porter’s letter and will try and improve his presentation in the way Porter suggests.  Handwritten at the bottom: “Bryn Mawr, Humanism, Oslo, London.” [Letter from Porter to LP, October 13, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (P: Correspondence, 1960-1963), #314.2]
  • Letter from LP to Dr. Max Kleiber, RE: LP and AHP were very pleased to receive the manuscript.  He can’t remember if he already sent him copies of his talk on Humanism and Peace, but he sending them in any case.  Handwritten at the bottom: “Humanism, Frontier (Oct. ‘61)” [Note form Kleiber to LP, October 13, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (K: Correspondence, 1957-1962), #201.5]
  • Letter from LP to Ed Cray RE: Gives corrections to his article “How Fallout Shelters Increase Our Danger.” [Filed under LP Manuscripts of Articles: (Manuscripts and Typescripts of Articles by LP, 1961), Box #1961a2, Folder 1961a2.9] 
  • Letter from LP to M. S. Arnoni, Editor of The Minority of One newsletter, RE: Finds inherent mistakes in Speeth’s paper on maser anti-missile defenses. Suggests that AHP will be unable to make a New York engagement, and both of them may not attend a January event. [Letter from M. S. Arnoni to LP, October 17, 1961] [Letter from M. S. Arnoni to LP, October 19, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (A: Individual Correspondence) #6.15]
  • Letter from LP to Malcolm C. McKenna. [Filed under LP Peace Box #7.007, Folder #7.22]

    Dear Mr. McKenna:

    Your letter shows that you are astoundingly ignorant. When you decide to criticize me, you should first find out whether you know the facts.

    Your letter begins with the sentence "I am curious concerning why you have not raised your voice against Soviet atmospheric testing when you were so vociferous against such testing by Americans."

    This sentence could hardly be more incorrect than it is.

    First, I have raised my voice against Soviet atmospheric testing.

    Second, I was not vociferous against such testing by Americans, but rather against all testing.

    As to the first point, I enclose the statements that I gave to the news agencies on 31 August and 2 September (the latter a cable to Khrushchev) and my news release of 29 September. I also refer you to the two-page interview with me that was published by U. S. News and World Report in their issue of 2 October 1961, and to my various other published statements, including my articles in Frontier and other magazines.

    As to the second, you clearly have not read my book No More War!, a flyer for which is enclosed, or you would know that I have strongly opposed nuclear tests by all nations.

    You probably have made the mistake of relying upon TIME magazine for your information. This is a great mistake. TIME magazine had a copy of my statement of 31 August and my cable of 2 September, but suppressed mention of them, and misrepresented my position by saying only that I was opposed to American nuclear tests. I don’t know how the American people, including you, can protect themselves against being deluded by unscrupulous publishers. Again, let me urge that you try to find out the truth before writing letters such as your letter of 17 October to me. It is helpful in this respect to read some of the liberal magazines.

    Yours truly,

    [Linus Pauling]

  • Letter from LP to Margaret Olson, RE: Refers her to the paper by Gilbert Newton Lewis, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 46, 2027 (1924). [Letter from Olson to LP, October 19, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (O: Correspondence, 1937-1965), #300.23]
  • Letter from LP to Max Scheler RE: Gives permission to publish “The Danger of the Nuclear Holocaust” and “How Fallout Shelters Increase Our Danger” in German. [Filed under LP Manuscripts of Articles: (Manuscripts and Typescripts of Articles by LP, 1961), Box #1961a2, Folder 1961a2.9] 
  • Letter from LP to Professor Julius B. Kahn, The Medical School, Northwestern University, RE: LP will be near Chicago at the time of the lecture series, but in connection with the American Friends Service Committee, and can therefore not make any other plans. [Letter from Kahn to LP, October 16, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (N: Correspondence, 1957-1964), #288.5] 
  • Letter from LP to Professor R. M. Featherstone, Department of Pharmacology, University of California Medical Center, RE: LP has learned that there is a plan to appoint a new Professor of Biophysics in the medical school at the University of California in San Francisco, and LP would like to suggest Professor Matthew Stanley Meselson.  He asks that this letter be forwarded to the selection committee. [Letter from LP to Featherstone, October 2, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (M: Individual Correspondence. (Mead - Miller)), #246.8]
  • Letter from LP to Professor W.F. Libby, Department of Chemistry, University of California, RE: LP was interested to read Libby’s manuscript, but doesn’t know much about reaction mechanisms and can therefore not comment on it in a critical way.  Libby’s ideas seem to be reasonable, but LP would formulate the discussion in different words.  Attachment: “Electron Transfer Among the Transition Elements, Sudden Transition to Covalency and the Chemical Consequences; I Applications to Taube’s Reaction”; by W.F. Libby.  Handwritten at the top of the paper: “Dear Linus, I’d like your criticism of this idea.  Bill”.  [Filed under LP Correspondence: (L: Individual Correspondence. (Libby, A.-London)), #217.2]
  • Letter from LP to Ralph Haskin, U.S. Forest Service, RE: Writes that he has talked with Lyman L. Bennion about buying a polled bull, who said that he would talk to Mr. Farnsworth and perhaps Mr. Davies about the availability of a bull that is heterozygous or homozygous for polled. Expects it would cost around $650 or $700. Mentions that he will write to Haskin again when he hears from Farnsworth or Davies. [Filed under LP Biographical: (Deer Flat Ranch: Correspondence, 1957-1995), Box #4.047, Folder #47.1] 
  • Letter from Ralph G. Kleen, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, to LP. RE: Had forgotten to enclose the honorarium check. Encloses the check. Thanks him for presenting on Sunday. [Letter from Kleen October 17, 1961] [Filed under LP Speeches: (Speeches by LP, 1961) Box #1961s3 Folder #1961s3.8] 
  • Letter from Robert B. Dean, Development Manager, Borden Chemical Company, to LP, RE: Requests a reprint of “A Molecular Theory of General Anesthesia”.  Sends reprints of his won papers on the subject.  Requests any other information LP has on biology-surface chemistry.  Handwritten at the top: “Ans’d” [Filed under LP Correspondence: (D: Correspondence, 1960-1966), #99.2]
  • Letter from Ruth Allen, Secretary to Stanley Schaefer, W. H. Freeman & Co., to LP RE: Informs that LP’s letters and enclosed figures recently arrived but that Schaefer is away on business.  Says she will turn over the material to Gillespie and McDowell. [Filed under LP Books: 1955b.4]
  • Memorandum from Alfred Stern, to LP. RE: Thanks him for asking his advice. Suggests names for the fundamental particles. [Memo from LP October 16, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence (S: Individual Correspondence): Box #368 Folder #368.1] 
  • Memorandum from I.F. Betts to LP, RE: Includes an attachment of Amendment No. 6 to Contract No. Nonr-220(33) and states that it is not necessary to send a memorandum approving the Amendment [Letter from the Department of the Navy to the California Institute of Technology September 1, 1961] [Filed under LP Science: (Office of Naval Research: Correspondence, Memoranda, Notes and Assorted Materials re: “Structure of Metals and Intermetallic Compounds”, Contract Nonr 220(33) (Chemistry 43), 1958-1963), Box #14.035, Folder #35.1] 
  • Newspaper Clipping: “Pauling in Anti-War Rally Saturday.” California Tech. [Filed under LP Newspaper Clippings: Newspaper Clippings, Magazine and Journal Articles related to LP, 1961: Box #1961n2, Folder #1961n2.37]
  • Notification and Statement of Grant Award from USPHS to LP RE: Informs LP that the Surgeon General has approved the grant for LP on behalf of Dr. Ronald E. Rolfe to research “Neurological Diseases and Blindness.” [Filed under LP Correspondence: R: Individual Correspondence. (Robinson, Miles-Roosevelt), #335.8] 
  • Telegram from Bertrand Russell, to LP. RE: Asks him to telegraph the number of American nuclear tests above ground compared to the number of Russian tests. [Telegram from LP October 20, 1961] [Filed under LP Correspondence (Russell, Bertrand): Box #337 Folder #337.6]
  • Typescripts: Letter from LP to President John F. Kennedy RE: Encloses copies of the telegrams LP sent to Kennedy and Khrushchev on October 18, 1961. LP points out that the U.S. ending further nuclear bomb tests would not endanger the American people, but would increase their safety. LP also says that if both the USSR and the U.S. used their nuclear weapons that neither country would exist anymore. Urges that Kennedy intensify his efforts to achieve disarmament with international controls and inspection. [Filed under LP Manuscripts of Articles: (Manuscripts and Typescripts of Articles by LP, 1961), Box #1961a3, Folder #1961a3.2]