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Linus and Ava Pauling Collected Papers


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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Best known as a two-time recipient of the Nobel Prize -- for chemistry in 1954 and for peace in 1962 -- Linus Pauling was also adamantly opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear testing. Ava Helen Pauling (d. 1981) was a world-traveling spokeswoman for the cause of peace. She was a member of Women's International Strike for Peace and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Together they spearheaded the Appeal to Stop the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, 1961.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the papers of these individuals. The Paulings' papers are at the William Jasper Kerr Library at Oregon State University.

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