March Featured Website: Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement

I believe that there is a greater power in the world than the evil power of military force, of nuclear bombs — there is the power of good, of morality, of humanitarianism.”
Linus Pauling. No More War! New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1958.

Throughout the remainder of March, the PaulingBlog will focus on the newest addition to the OSU Libraries Special Collections series of Documentary History websites. Launched in November 2007, Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement is our most recent creation. Featuring hundreds of pages of primary source materials relating to Linus and Ava Helen Pauling’s work for world peace via nuclear disarmament, the website offers content dating from 1922 to 1996, and includes a detailed narrative of key events in the struggle for peace and civil liberties throughout the Cold War era.

A few of the many topics discussed include the development of the atomic bomb, the rise and impact of McCarthyism, the scientific debate over radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests, Pauling’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963, and the continuation of his peace activism in the later decades of his life.

The Pauling Peace site is a multi-media creation incorporating dozens of flash audio tracks and video clips, including numerous interviews with Linus and Ava Helen Pauling on the importance of achieving global peace and reducing the threat of atomic weapons. The site also contains digitized copies of relevant correspondence, manuscripts and published papers, as well as photographs and biographical sketches of key participants in the international peace movement.

The Paulings believed strongly in the peace movement as a joining of peoples across borders, devoting their lives to the unification of the human race. In honor of their philosophies, we have designed this site for all of our visitors. While Pauling scholars will undoubtedly benefit from the website’s compilation of digitized artifacts, we trust that every visitor will discover information that is both interesting and relevant to aiding a greater understanding of both the history and future of the international peace movement.


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