Monthly Archives: July 2016

What’s new on the Pauling Blog? Pauling’s Final Year, Part 1

Pauling posing at lower campus, Oregon Agricultural College, ca. 1917.

Pauling posing at lower campus, Oregon Agricultural College, ca. 1917.

In 1917, at sixteen years of age, Linus Pauling wrote in his personal diary that he was beginning a personal history. “My children and grandchildren will without doubt hear of the events in my life with the same relish with which I read the scattered fragments written by my granddad,” he considered.

By the time of his death, some seventy-seven years later, Pauling had more than fulfilled this prophecy. After an extraordinarily full life filled with political activism, scientific research, and persistent controversy, Pauling’s achievements were remembered not only by his children, grandchildren and many friends, but also by an untold legion of people whom Pauling himself never met.

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What’s new on the Rare @ OSU blog? Agrippa and his invisible forces

The images below are taken from a 1727 edition of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim’s first two books, translated into French as La Philosophie Occulte de Henr. Corn. Agrippa. With these images, Agrippa hopes to instill in the reader an understanding of the invisible forces that actuate matter in reality as we know it, and the means by which these forces can be predicted and manipulated.


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Post contributed by Matt McConnell, graduate student in OSU’s History of Science program and SCARC student assistant

What’s new on the OMA blog? Nuestras Voces y Herencia ~ Yamhill County’s Latino/a community


Nuestras Voces y Herencia is a grant funded project dedicated to gathering and preserving the life stories of Yamhill County’s Latino/a community. The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition and the Yamhill County Historical Society & Museum are partnering with the OMA and Unidos Bridging Community to share the stories gathered. On July 18, 2016, our project’s granting agency, the Yamhill County Cultural Trust, hosted a “Thank You Party” for all the grantees and the Voces project was delighted to attend!

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What’s new on the Pauling blog? Another view of the Pauling models!

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This past spring, Thomas Brennan, a photographer and the chair of Art and Art History at the University of Vermont, paid us a visit to capture his own set of images of Pauling’s models. Brennan’s research concerns the history of symbolic representation in the history of science with three-dimensional modelling, work which has taken him to institutions and repositories including the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge, the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford, the Museum of Science in London, and the M.I.T. Museums.

Brennan’s photographs of Pauling’s models were captured using a low-light technique that he has used in the past for a project that he calls “Collecting Shadows.”

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What’s new on the Pauling Blog? A View of Pauling’s Models

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In 2010, Oren Eckhaus, a photographer based in New York City, visited our facility to photograph several of the molecular models that remain extant in the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. He did so in support of Jane Nisselson’s documentary-in-progress, “Unseen Beauty: The Molecule Imagined,” which she was researching with support from the OSU Libraries Resident Scholar Program.

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What’s new on the OMA blog? “LGBTQ+ Activism in Oregon: Then and Now” ~ an OSU Queer Archives Exhibit


Join the OSU Queer Archives in highlighting a newly acquired collection, the After 8 Records! After 8 was an organization that championed for LGBTQ+ rights in Benton County during the 1990s. The OSU Libraries and Press PROMISE Intern 2016, Cece Lantz, curated a small exhibit that features materials from the collection and showcases a number of current Oregon LGBTQ+ community organizations. Come see the display in person at the Valley Library and check out photos of the items featured through the Digital Display in Flickr.

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A Multitude of Maps: Processing the William H. Galvani Rare Maps Collection

This post was written by Lauren Goss, MLIS student at San Jose State University and student assistant in SCARC. 

Adirondack Survey 1873 - Specimen of Preliminary Reconnaissance Sketch Showing the Approximate Positions and Names of Thirty Nine Ponds or Lakes Important and New to the Maps (Pl. 11), circa 1870

Adirondack Survey 1873 – Specimen of Preliminary Reconnaissance Sketch Showing the Approximate Positions and Names of Thirty Nine Ponds or Lakes Important and New to the Maps (Pl. 11), circa 1870

Last spring, Anne Bahde (Rare Books and History of Science Librarian in SCARC) presented me with a new project of processing the rare maps collection of William H. Galvani.  In 1947, the Oregon State University Library received the maps through Galvani’s bequest of his personal library, a gift that included about 5,500 books. The maps were transferred to SCARC a few years ago, and at that time it was unknown the total number of maps in the collection, or their geographic or temporal span.  My initial workflow focused on determining if the maps had been separated from books in Galvani’s collection, as many of the maps show signs of being part of a bound volume at one time.  However, this project quickly took on a much larger scope as I determined all of the maps were an entirely separate collection.  Not one of the over 1,050 maps originated from Galvani’s books, a fact which provides some insight into his avid and eclectic interest in historic materials.  A future blog post will explore Galvani as a collector and his multi-decade relationship with Oregon State University.

The process of identifying, organizing and describing the maps grew longitudinally (pun intended).  The maps had been moved from the dusty forgotten map drawer where they were originally discovered to a combination of oversize boxes and map folders, and some related maps were inadvertently separated.  Initially, it was difficult deciding what and how much information to record especially because the scope and purpose of the project evolved.   My spreadsheet captured an amalgamation of data focusing on three themes of information: geographic, bibliographic, and archival.  After identifying every map, I normalized this data and developed a hybrid finding aid.  I encountered difficulty in locating a finding aid for a similar map collection at another institution (one comparable in extent, collection of an individual and not a specific institution or originating organization, and the broad geographic and temporal scope).  So, the finding aid I created includes a series for each continent, identifiable bibliographic sources for a map or set of maps, and individual map information including title and date, creators (engraver, lithographer, publisher, etc.), and geographic location. These access points will enable a number of different routes of inquiry for scholars and students.

Despite the challenges of this large collection, I am proud of the robust item-level finding aid.  In 1949, Clara Egli LeGear, who worked in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, published Maps: Their Care, Repair and Preservation in Libraries.  With regard to map cataloging and classification, she said: “all the time and energy spent on them, however, is infinitely worthwhile, for a single map portrays instantly what thousands of words cannot reveal” (viii).  Maps are an underutilized historic research tool, and the recently completed William H. Galvani Rare Maps Collection should prove useful to a variety of researchers.  The majority of Galvani’s maps depict 19th century military campaigns in Europe and Asia, but the collection also includes topographical surveys, explorers’ charts, and detailed maps of cities from around the world.  The next blog post will feature particular highlights of each series, but in the meantime, here is a map that exemplifies the visual power of these cartographic resources.


The Carte de l’hemisphere Austral: Montrant les routes des navigateurs les plus celebres par la Capitaine Jacques Cook (Pl. 2) to the left shows the different routes of Captain Cook’s voyages in the southern hemisphere.  Notably, there is no outline of the continent Antarctica, as formal exploration had not yet occurred.

New batch of digitized films ~ with a focus on athletics.

Here’s the latest batch of films digitized from U-Matic and VHS, released on July 12, 2016! And while this particular batch is rather eclectic, you’ll see they all have to do with athletics in one way or another.

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All items are held in the News and Communication Services Motion Picture Films and Videotapes Collection. (FV P 057)

New finding aids from May and June!

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We have six new or updated finding aids that were finalized during May or June 2016.

These guides include:

  • 3 guides for collections that have been separated from the Gerald W. Williams Collection and described as stand-alone collections
  • 1 guide that has been significantly updated to incorporate additions and bring the guide into compliance with current descriptive standards and practice
  • 2 guides that have been updated to reflect recently digitized materials

Frank Patterson Photographic Postcards, circa 1920s – 1986 (P 312)
This collection consists of ~1500 postcards of natural features, tourist sites, and highways in Oregon and northern California. Of note are numerous images of the Oregon Caves, Crater Lake, the Oregon Coast, and the redwoods. Frank Patterson was a prolific photographer who worked in studios in Medford, Oregon and Santa Rosa and San Francisco, California during the 1920s-1950s. Many of the images are available online in the Frank Patterson Photographs collection within Oregon Digital.

Smokey001Gerald W. Williams Collection on Smokey Bear, 1933-1995 (MSS Smokey)
This collection is comprised of materials collected by U.S Forest Service historian Gerald Williams relating to Smokey Bear, the Forest Service mascot for wildfire prevention. The collection includes records from the 50th “birthday” of Smokey and materials documenting the history of the Smokey campaign. Included are promotional materials, a design guide, slides and photographs, video recordings, and memorabilia.

Gerald W. Williams Moving Image and Sound Recordings Collection, 1959-2007 (FV 320)
This collection consists of audio-visual materials, either collected or created by Williams, that document a variety of topics in the natural history of the Pacific Northwest, with a particular emphasis on the practice and culture of forestry in the region. The collection includes 97 items representing a variety of formats. The bulk of the items are VHS videotapes and DVDS. Audiocassettes, motion picture films, camcorder videocassettes, record albums, and CDs are also part of the collection.

milamava2-600wAva Milam Clark Papers, 1856-1972
These papers document Clark’s career in the field of home economics, her role as Dean of Home Economics at Oregon State College from 1917 to 1950, and her international activities as a consultant to home economics programs in China, Japan, Korea, Iraq, and Syria. The collection includes about 450 photographs. A separate collection, the Jesse C. and Ava Milam Clark Photographic Collection (P 152) has been integrated into this collection.

Hatfield Marine Science Center Videotapes, 1968-1998 (FV 254)
These videotapes (12 total) document the research activities and public programs of the Center. Oregon State University established the Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, in 1965 as a marine laboratory. All of the videotapes are available online; links are available from within the guide and here.

williamsg-truck-600wUnited States Forest Service Video Workshop Videotapes, 1988-1989 (FV 264)
These videotapes (6 total) were generated as part of Forest Service workshops held at Oregon State University. The productions were intended for a general audience and address reforestation, debris burning, log exports, logging careers, and tree diseases and pests. All of the videotapes are available online; links are available from within the guide and here.

What’s new on the Pauling Blog? Peter Pauling: Epilogue

This post ends an epic and elegantly written biography of a very complex individual. All of all were authored by Matt McConnell – nicely done, Matt!

Linus and Peter Pauling in England at a model of Bourton-on-the-water, 1948.

Linus and Peter Pauling in England at a model of Bourton-on-the-water, 1948.

Before he passed away in 2003, Peter Pauling saw his daughter Sarah marry, and also witnessed the births of two grandsons, Isaac and Malachi. Over time, he likewise learned to recognize the ebb and flow of his manic and depressive phases, at points struggling to overcome insomnia and drinking too much whiskey or beer, and at others walking the country paths around the mill so giddy with delight, that he felt he could not contain his joy.

Read the rest on the Pauling Blog.