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Thomas Hager Papers, 1898-2010

Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Hager Papers, 1898-2010

ID: MSS Hager

Primary Creator: Hager, Thomas

Extent: 32.0 cubic feet

Arrangement:

The Hager collection is divided into seven series.

Series 1 - Force of Nature: Subject Files and Research Materials is divided into a number of subseries including Scientific Topics, People, Peace Activism and Political Controversy, Linus Pauling - Personal and Family, and General Research. A wide range of assorted archival materials collected by Tom Hager while researching Force of Nature can also be found in this series.

Series 2 - Force of Nature: Interviews: Audio Cassettes and Transcriptions contains the audio recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted by Tom Hager in his development of Force of Nature. Also contained in this series are various audio-visual materials related to Pauling's life and to Hager's promotion of Force of Nature.

Series 3 - Force of Nature: Administrative Records is comprised of correspondence, contractual agreements and editing notes compiled by Tom Hager while researching and writing Force of Nature. The administrative records include correspondence between Hager and prospective publishers, annotated draft chapters, promotional materials, and reviews of the completed book.

Series 4 - The Demon Under the Microscope: Subject Files and Research Materials is divided into a number of subseries including Scientific Topics, People, Institutions, and Gerhard Domagk - Personal and Family. A range of assorted research materials collected by Tom Hager while researching The Demon Under the Microscope can also be found in this series

Series 5 - The Demon Under the Microscope: Administrative Records is comprised of correspondence and editing notes compiled by Tom Hager while researching and writing The Demon Under the Microscope. The administrative records include bibliographical information, correspondence between Hager and various institutions, speech notes, manuscripts, promotional materials, and index card outlines of chapters.

Series 6 - The Alchemy of Air: Subject Files and Research Materials is divided into a number of subseries including Scientific Topics, People, and Institutions. A wide range of assorted research materials collected by Tom Hager while researching The Alchemy of Air can also be found in this series.

Series 7 - The Alchemy of Air: Administrative Records is comprised of correspondence, contractual agreements and editing notes compiled by Tom Hager while researching and writing The Alchemy of Air. The administrative records include correspondence between Hager and prospective publishers, annotated draft chapters, promotional materials, and reviews of the completed book.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

Thomas Hager (born 1953) is a professional science writer best known for having authored Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling (Simon & Schuster, 1995). He has also published more than one-hundred articles and six books, most of which focus on scientific topics and, in particular, the life and work of Linus Pauling. The Hager Papers consist of documents collected by Hager in his writing of Force of Nature, The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug and The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (Three Rivers Press, 2008).

Scope and Content Notes

The Thomas Hager Papers consist of documents collected by Hager in his writing of Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling (Simon & Schuster, 1995), The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug (Harmony, 2006), and The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (Three Rivers Press, 2008).

The material relating to Force of Nature is divided into three series - Subject Files and Research Materials, Interviews: Audio cassettes and Transcriptions, and Administrative Records - and contains a wide range of materials including publications, letters, legal documents, interview transcripts, and handwritten notes. Most of this material relates to Linus Pauling in some form, though certain items pertain more to Pauling's family and colleagues.

The Demon Under the Microscope materials are divided into two series - Subject Files & Research Materials and Administrative Records - and includes publications, letters, and laboratory research materials. Most of this material relates to Gerhard Domagk and his research on Prontosil, the first commercially available antibacterial antibiotic.

Subject files, administrative records and an edited manuscript for The Alchemy of Air are also included in the Hager Papers.

Highlights of the collection include Hager's interviews and correspondence with Linus Pauling, audio cassettes and transcriptions of interviews with a wide range of Pauling's colleagues and family members, a small collection of photos of Linus Pauling, a handful of multimedia recordings related to Hager's promotion of Force of Nature, and copies of Gerhard Domagk's laboratory notes.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Thomas Hager (born 1953) was raised in the Portland, Oregon area. After receiving master's degrees in medical microbiology/immunology and journalism, he began his professional career as a communications intern at the National Cancer Institute. He then worked as a freelance medical writer, contributed regularly to American Health, and became the West Coast news correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In 1983, Hager's career began to move more towards editing and publishing. He was founding editor of LC Magazine, a trade publication for scientists, and edited Oregon Quarterly for ten years. He also worked for a number of years as director of communications and marketing at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, during which he restarted the University of Oregon Press. More than 100 of his articles have been published in periodicals ranging from Reader's Digest, the Wall St. Journal, and Self, to American Health, Cardio, and the Medical Tribune.

Hager has also had a hand in writing about a dozen books, including Aging Well (with Lauren Kesley, Fireside Press, 1990), The Alchemy of Air, Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker (edited with Clifford Mead, Oregon State University Press 2001), and Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling. Currently, Tom Hager lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and three children.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Note: A first set of materials was accessioned from Tom Hager in December 2006. A second set was donated by Hager in October 2009 and a third in September 2010.

Related Materials: See also: "The Bootlegger's Son: Or the Stochastic Method in Biography"

Other URL: A preliminary container list has been created for this collection.

Creators

Hager, Thomas

People, Places, and Topics

Hager, Thomas


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