The included reports are "The Pauling Oxygen Meter" by Reuben E. Wood and David P. Shoemaker, 1944; "Final Report Contract Nonr 388(00): Research Covering Develpment of an Onoxia Warning Device for Use in High-altitude Flying" by Louis Thayer, 1953; "Report No. R-053155: Investigation of Capacity Sensing of Test Body Position for Oxygen Analyzers" by Kenneth Lamers, 1952.
This bound volume was part of the Beckman Instruments Research Library's collection. Marginalia notes--including starred paragraphs, underlining, and handwritten corrections--appear throughout the volume: the table of contents, pages 4, 6, 41, 48, 49, 53, 61, 122, 123, 125 of Wood & Shoemaker, and pages 17 and 19, section VII, of Thayer.
The Wood and Shoemaker report is designated "Confidential" throughout, with the exception of fold-out drawings. The Thayer report is designation "Restricted--Security Information" throughout.
Developed from a Linus Pauling design during WWII, the technology behind Beckman Instruments’ oxygen analyzers ended up doing such diverse jobs as monitoring astronauts’ respiration, maintaining packaged food safety, and preventing blindness in newborn babies.
(Wood & Shoemaker, page 129) "NDRC. National Defense Research Committee (a division of OSRD, Office Scientific Research & Development)"
(Wood & Shoemaker, page 51) "I find these stability curves very difficult to believe. Quadrants IV and II have an impossible physical interpretation. Carl Cederstrand, Oct. 1965"
(Wood & Shoemaker, page i) "This document contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States within the meaning of the Espionage Act, U.S.C. 50; 31 and 32. Its transmission or the revelation of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. 14162."
(back cover) "Jul 09 2008"
(first page) "Box 19 Volume 13"
(first page, table of contents) "Research Library. Beckman Instruments, Inc. 2500 Harbor Blvd. P. O. Box 3100. Fullerton, CA 92834-3100."
(inside front cover) "Research Library D-14-B. Beckman Instruments, Inc. 2500 Harbor Blvd. P. O. Box 3100. Fullerton, CA 92834-3100."
Thayer, Louis, David P. Shoemaker, Kenneth Lamers, and Reuben E. Wood. “The Pauling Oxygen Meter: A Collection of Three Early Reports,” 1944–1953. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 19, Volume 13. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/1831ck38c.