“It’s in the Blood! A Documentary History of Linus Pauling, Hemoglobin, and Sickle Cell Anemia” New Website Launched by the Oregon State University Libraries <<http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/specialcollections/coll/pauling/bloo d/index.html>>
Linus Pauling began his professional life studying atoms, and ended it best known for his thoughts on medicine. Linking these two fields was a central body of work on the nature of human blood. Pauling’s research in this area not only advanced our understanding of how the blood works at the molecular level, but branched and blossomed into vital discoveries about immunology, sickle cell anemia, genetics, evolution, and human health. Incorporating more than 200 scanned documents, photographs, audio clips and video excerpts, this web resource includes images of a number of very important and extremely rare items, most of which are held within The Valley Library’s Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, many of which have not been previously displayed. The site is designed to serve as both an introduction to an important body of work and as a reference tool for students, teachers, physicians, scientists, and members of the general public interested in the history of modern medicine.
More than 200 digitized letters, manuscripts, photographs, audio-clips and video excerpts – most of them never before available outside of archives – are the basis of the Sickle Cell website. They include a number of important and unique items, such as:
* Manuscripts and Typescripts of Pauling’s early work on sickle cell anemia.
* Hundreds of additional pages of manuscripts and notes written by Pauling as he expanded and fine-tuned his theories of molecular chemistry throughout the 1930s through 1960s.
* Pauling’s extensive correspondence with many of the major players of the era including George Beadle, William B. Castle, Harvey Itano, Karl Landsteiner, and Paul Wolf.
The original documents are tied together with a narrative describing the details of Pauling’s discoveries, and will eventually be amplified by a “Day-by-Day” calendar, which will note all of Pauling’s personal and professional activities from the 1930s to the 1960’s and beyond. This will entail an additional 500 documents to be added to the site by June 2005.