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.

4.085 - 4.094 (Page: 91 - 100)

Diary: 2.75x4.5" Westinghouse diary, 1954.

Diary: 2.75x4.5" Westinghouse diary, 1955.

Diary: 2.75x4.5" labeled 1955.

Diary: 3x5" labeled 1957.

Diary: 3x4.5" labeled "1957 Westinghouse Notes and Data".

Diary: 4x6.75" labeled by LP "NOTES ON SCHWEITZER, NOTES on 3rd Ed. of THE NATURE OF THE CHEMICAL BOND, Ilmington, Eng. July 1959, P.5 notes to Noller p.7. To be done at home".

Diary: 3x5" red labeled 1960.

Diary: 2.75x4" for 1960.

Diary: 2.75x4" for 1961, with mini-pencil stuck in the binding.

Diary: 2.75x4" for 1962, with mini-pencil stuck in the binding.