Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center
Student Learning Curriculum: Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
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Using Archival Materials in Special Collections

The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers are detailed in the 1800+ printed pages and corresponding 400+ html pages of the collection's Catalogue of Holdings. Materials in many areas of the collection are listed chronologically within sections, and the catalogue is a good place to start if you have an interest in a particular time period. Items classified under "Manuscripts and Typescripts of Books," "Science," "Peace," "Biographical," "Ava Helen Pauling" and "Personal Safe" are grouped by major category within those topics. The published print version of the catalogue is available in the Special Collections reading room and can be purchased at http://paulingcatalogue.org. The text of the catalogue is available online at http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/coll/pauling/index.html.

The Catalogue of Holdings has box- and folder-level (and often item-level) descriptions for the following:

The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers are archival materials which require special handling. For detailed guidelines on the proper handling of these irreplaceable materials, please see the Guideline for Use of Materials in the appendix of this curriculum. As a rule of thumb, please treat all materials with special care, and use only pencils or laptops for taking notes. Note also that materials are kept in a locked vault at Special Collections, and must be retrieved by staff. Researchers do not retrieve their own materials and all materials are "closed-stack," meaning that they cannot, at any time, be taken out of the reading room. Photocopies of certain materials may be made by the staff upon request; $0.25 per page is charged for this service.

The Special Collections staff is always happy to help you use the catalogue and the collection; feel free to ask for assistance.

Linus Pauling holding a model of the alpha-helix, 1980s.
Linus Pauling holding a model of the alpha-helix, 1980s.
LP Photographs, 198?i.33