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Robinson Versus Pauling Case Files
MSS 0239  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Historical Background
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Robinson, Arthur, 1942-
    Title: Robinson Versus Pauling Case Files,
    Date (inclusive): 1972 - 1981
    Extent: 18.30 linear feet (18 records cartons, 1 archives box)
    Abstract: Photocopies of legal documents pertaining to litigation initiated Arthur B. Robinson, an employee and co-founder of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, against Linus Pauling, the Institute, and several members of the Board of Trustees for, among other charges, wrongful firing, slander, and seizure of Robinson's research and equipment. The case was settled before it was to have been heard in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Mateo.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0239
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Robinson Versus Pauling Case Files, MSS 0239. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Historical Background

    Arthur Robinson (1942- ) was an undergraduate at Cal Tech in the early 1960s while Linus Pauling was a faculty member there. Robinson subsequently earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at UCSD in 1968 and eventually took a position in the university's chemistry department. Robinson resigned his UCSD faculty post in 1972, and Pauling resigned his faculty position at Stanford University, as they formed a partnership to found the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers are arranged according to the law office's numbering system. Each sheet of paper is stamped with its own number beginning with the number 2 and concluding with 53701. Many documents are duplicated numerous times throughout the collection and are used to document many different events and situations. Gaps occur in the numbering where blank pages or consecutive duplicates were weeded. Also, numbers 30730 through 33709 are missing. Dates throughout the collection document events between 1973 when Robinson and Pauling founded the Linus Pauling Institute and 1981 when settlement was reached out of court. The bulk of documents occur however between the summer of 1978, when Robinson brought charges against the Institute and Linus Pauling, and 1981.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Robinson, Arthur, 1942- -- Archives
    Robinson, Arthur, 1942- -- Trials, litigation, etc
    Pauling, Linus, 1901- -- Archives
    Pauling, Linus, 1901- -- Trials, litigation, etc
    Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. -- Trials, litigation, etc
    Medical research personnel -- Dismissal of -- Case studies


    Pauling, Linus, 1901-
    California. -- Superior Court (San Mateo County)
    Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine