“[The Pauling Catalogue] constitutes an invaluable resource for historians of science and chemistry, scholars of science policy, and advocates of the peace movement, along with practicing chemists and scientists interested in the history of their fields, especially during the 20th century. It belongs in every academic library.”
-George B. Kauffman, California State University, Fresno. The Chemical Educator, (2007): 12, 4, Media Reviews.
Published in 2006, The Pauling Catalogue represents the culmination of twenty years of work. At six volumes and nearly 1,800 pages, the publication is likely among the largest and most detailed archival works ever compiled.
Far from a rote listing of the contents of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, The Pauling Catalogue is an authoritative reference work that includes nearly 1,200 illustrations, a forty-five page Chronology of the Paulings’ lives and work, introductions written by Pauling family members and major historians of science alike, and an extensive reproduction of Linus Pauling’s 1917 personal diary, written by a college freshman soon to become one of history’s greatest scientists.
In the Summer of 2008, the PaulingBlog published a nine-part series that detailed the challenges faced and innovative techniques used to create and distribute the massive Pauling Catalogue. The series is available at the following links:
- The Creation of the Pauling Catalogue: Introduction
- The Acquisition and Cataloging of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
- Contents of The Pauling Catalogue
- Creating The Pauling Catalogue: Formatting Text with XML and XSL
- Creating The Pauling Catalogue: More than One-Thousand Illustrations
- Creating The Pauling Catalogue: Typography and Proofreading
- Creating The Pauling Catalogue: Page Design
- Creating The Pauling Catalogue: Special Features
- The Pauling Catalogue: A Few Reviews