Linus Pauling will forever be known as a courageous champion of peace and civil liberties. Alarmed by the use of atomic weapons at the end of World War II, Linus and Ava Helen Pauling spent countless hours over the next five decades speaking out against the dangers of nuclear fallout, weapons proliferation and the cultural effects of Cold War hysteria. Their efforts earned the Paulings both acclaim and enmity, though not often in equal measure. To some, the legacy of the Paulings' peace work remains controversial, but few will deny the duo's wide-ranging historical importance. Incorporating over 500 scanned documents, photographs, audio clips and video excerpts, this web resource features a number of rare and important items, most of which are held within Oregon State University Libraries' Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers.
Nuclear Pathways makes information on historic and current nuclear issues more accessible and comprehensible to the public, educators, and students from middle school through graduate programs. Beginning with the Manhattan Project, nuclear issues have had a profound effect on every aspect of society. Nuclear issues have influenced the evolution of science and technology, arts and humanities, as well as the domestic politics of many nations and international relations.
The Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues is a web-based collection of annotated references to resources that offer a broad, balanced perspective on current and historical nuclear issues. The references trace the development of nuclear science, the Manhattan Project, the Cold War arms race, and the post-Cold War world of proliferation and terrorism, as well as nuclear power. The materials referenced include books, articles, videos, and websites. Each annotation is vetted to assure accuracy and indexed to facilitate access.
NPIHP seeks to transcend the East vs. West paradigm to work towards an integrated international history of nuclear weapon proliferation. NPIHP’s research aims to fill in the blank and blurry pages of nuclear history in order to contribute to robust scholarship and effective policy decisions.