Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, 1873-2013

16. Personal Safe. 1912-1993.

The four drawers of Linus Pauling's personal safe contained an astonishingly rich and diverse collection of items which have yielded a much fuller portrait of Pauling's life and activities. Drawer 1 held over seven-hundred letters between Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, most of them love letters. Drawers 2 and 3 contained a number of items that Pauling had deemed to be either sensitive or important, including communications with world-historical figures as varied as John F. Kennedy and Ho Chi Minh. Drawer 4 served as repository for the dozens of pocket notebooks that Pauling carried throughout his life, as well as scores of Dictaphone belts on which Pauling had recorded chapters of a proposed autobiography.

42 boxes

4. Linus Pauling's Safe - Drawer 4.

Note: This drawer is inventoried in chronological order, as it contains mostly small journals and pocket planners from the late 1920's to the 1970's, except for items 4.058-4.100c, which are in a box marked "DIARIES Linus Pauling", and items 4.101-4.105, which were loose in the drawer and are in a file folder.

4.095 - 4.101 (Page: 101 - 110)

Diary: 2.75x4" for 1963.

Diary: 2.75x4" for 1964.

Diary: 2.75x4" for 1965.

Diary: 2.75x4" for 1966.

Spiral Notebook: 6x9" labeled inside by LP "BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE STRUCTURE OF COLLAGEN PROPOSED BY DR. LINUS PAULING. (P.C. Corns 3-8-67)".

Newspaper Clipping: "Capital Chaff", re: British Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan, No Date.

2.75x4" card with names of Italian Professors on it.

Newspaper Clipping: "A Definition of Liberalism: We Must Not Solve Problems at Expense of Our Poorest", No Date.

Piece of paper with LP Notes: "Dr. Gajdusek, Balves Hosp...".

Diary: 8x12" 1989 monthly planner.