In the name of peace!

A new website, Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement: A Documentary History, was recently launched by the Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries Special Collections. This is an amazing resouce of primary materials documenting the pioneering work of two individuals, Linus and Ava Helen Pauling, who were two major contributors to the twentieth century peace movement. The couple, both of them well-known scientists, devoted their life “speaking against the dangers of radioactive fallout, weapons proliferation and the cultural effects of Cold War hysteria.” 

According to the OSU Libraries announcement, “The centerpiece of the Pauling peace site is an illustrated, fifty-three chapter narrative, written by Pauling biographer Thomas Hager. Over five-hundred archival documents and more than fifty audio and video clips provide deeper context for the events and ideas discussed in this narrative. In addition, the complete details of the Paulings’ personal and professional activities for the years 1950 and 1951 are exhaustively chronicled in the unique Linus Pauling Day-by-Day calendar.”

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