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.

4.026 - 4.035 (Page: 31 - 40)

Diary: Leather 4.75" x 2.5" diary cover with two 2.5x4" diaries inside "May 194_" "7" and "April 194_" for 1947.

Diary: 2.5x5.5" labeled "1948".

Diary: 3x4.5" labeled "Westinghouse Diary 1949".

Diary: 3x4.75" spiral bound labeled "Diary" with Verner Schomaker's information on the identification page, possibly from 1943 [?].

Diary: 2.5x4.5" labeled "September 194_" for 1946.

Diary: 3x4.5" labeled as "General Electric 1950".

Diary: 2.75x4" labeled as "Westinghouse Diary 1951".

Diary: 4.6x5" spiral labeled as "France and England 1952 Also Toronto".

Diary: 2.75x4" labeled as "Westinghouse Diary 1952".

Diary: 4x6.75" for Ava Helen, "July 16 - Wednesday - 1952".