The writers of history are a recent collecting focus for the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections. To date the Historians of Science Collections include the catalogued papers of Thomas Hager, author of the 1995 biography Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, and Margaret Osler, historian of 17th century science and philosophy. The Historians of Science Collections also feature the uncatalogued papers of three distinguished scholars from Oregon State University - 2006 Sarton medalist Mary Jo Nye, OSU Professor Emeritus and former department chair Paul Farber, and OSU Professor Emeritus J. Brookes Spencer.
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2 Catalogued Collection, 3 Unprocessed Collections
Tom Hager's communications with Linus Pauling are further documented in the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, Correspondence folder 151.2.
Materials related to Paul Farber, Mary Jo Nye and J. Brookes Spencer's lengthy service to the Oregon State University Department of History are contained within the College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143), held in the University Archives component of the Special Collections & Archives Research Center.