Commonly regarded to be among history's greatest scientific minds, Linus Pauling will
also forever be known as a courageous champion of peace and civil liberties. Alarmed
by the use of atomic weapons at the end of World War II, Linus and Ava Helen Pauling
spent countless hours over the next five decades speaking out against the dangers
of nuclear fallout, weapons proliferation and the cultural effects of Cold War hysteria.
Their efforts earned the Paulings both acclaim and enmity, though not often in equal
measure. To some, the legacy of the Paulings' peace work remains controversial, but
few will deny the duo's wide-ranging historical importance. Incorporating over 500
scanned documents, photographs, audio clips and video excerpts, this web resource
features a number of rare and important items, most of which are held within Oregon
State University Libraries' Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers.
Start by reading our Introduction, or choose one of the three sections: