Funding support for arranging and describing this collection provided by Dr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Link.
NOTE: The information found in this sketch comes from Eugene Link's resume (ca. 1984) which includes narrative annotations by his wife Beulah. The resume was updated upon the accession of the Link Papers from 1991-1993. Biographical information about Link can also be found in Ann Evory, ed., Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Authors and Their Works, vols. 37-40, 1st revision (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Co., 1979), 333 and Jaques Cattell Press, Directory of American Scholars, 8th ed., vol. I (New York & London: R.R. Bowker Co., 1982), 455.
Eugene Perry Link was a son of the American Midwest. Born in Paris, Illinois on September 4, 1907, Link spent most of his early life in Emporia, Kansas, where he attended high school. His parents were Nathaniel (a pharmacist of some renown) and Lidabelle Link. As the middle child of the Link family (he had an older brother, Wendell, and a younger sister, Lidabelle), young Eugene distinguished himself early on through academics and through his oratory skills, winning the Kansas State Oratorical Contest four times during his high school and college years.
In the midst of the Great Depression, Link resolved to pursue an academic career. He graduated with the B.A. degree from the College of Emporia in 1929; three years of graduate study at the University of Chicago followed (1929-1931). Forced to leave Chicago because of finances, Link won an honors scholarship to Union Theological Seminary in 1931. Link's decision to attend a religious seminary is instructive of his later career. From the early 1930s onward, his academic scholarship would be consistently informed by Christian ethics and social justice. No person (other than his wife and collaborator, Beulah, whom he married in 1938) would make a greater impression on Link than Dr. Harry F. Ward, professor of ethics at Union Seminary and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. In many ways, Link's mature career was an effort to expand upon and apply the earlier work of his mentor, Ward.
Although he was ordained to the ministry of the Congregational Church in 1933, from the mid-1930s onward, Link's professional arena was predominantly the classroom. He held a succession of academic positions over four decades: Instructor of History, Mt. Hermon School, Mt. Hermon, Massachusetts (1933-1937); Assistant Professor of Social Science, Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C.(1938-1940); Professor and Chair of Sociology, State Women's College, Rock Hill, S.C. (1942-1944); Professor of Social Science, State Teachers College, Montclair, N.J. (1944-1946); Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado (1946-1950); Professor and Divisional Chair of Social Science, State University of New York, New Paltz (1950-1963); and Research Professor of American Social History, State University of New York, Plattsburgh (1963-1977; emeritus after 1977). Largely through part-time attendance in the late 1930s, Link obtained his Ph.D. in social history from Columbia University in 1941.
As Link matured professionally, he increasingly concentrated on those groups that have tended to suffer from the abuses of the capitalist system: laborers, women, minorities, and Third World nations. This emphasis can be seen as a natural extension of the "Social Gospel" doctrine formulated by Washington Gladden, Walter Rauschenbusch, Harry F. Ward, and others. As a teacher at Plattsburgh, Link was among the first to champion an expanded curriculum in the social sciences that examined those who were traditionally ignored in social history.
Link's greater renown comes from the degree to which he has been able to translate his concern for social justice into action. He has traveled abroad extensively. He served as a Fulbright Lecturer in India two different times (1954 and 1960) and strongly urged the United States government to establish diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China in the 1970s. The clearest example of Link's penchant for action rather than theory, however, has been his long association with the American Federation of Teachers (since 1935) and the United University Professions. In the 1970s, Link held the important offices of Vice President in the New York State University Federation of Teachers and served as leader for Membership Development for the United University Professions. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Committee of Active Retired Members (CO-ARM) of the UUP. His experience and counsel have been sought repeatedly by union organizers from campuses around the nation.
The varied interests of Link can be seen in his numerous publications and correspondence. His major books are The Democratic-Republican Societies (Columbia University Press, 1942); Victories in the Villages (National Council on Educational Research and Training, 1964); The College of Emporia: Retrospection and Appreciation (Vermont Villanti Press, 1982); Labor-Religion Prophet: The Times and Life of Harry F. Ward (Westview Press, 1984); The Humanitarian Tradition in American Medicine: The Social Ideas of Physicians (Academy of Independent Scholars, 1990); and The T.B.'s Progress: Norman Bethune As Artist (Plattsburgh State University, 1991). In addition, Link has produced dozens of scholarly articles, book reviews, and unpublished prose essays dealing with American social history, marriage and family relations, the medical profession, and labor unions.
Link carried on a wide array of correspondence with colleagues and students. Of special interest are letters to and from George Angell, Herbert Aptheker, Lee Ball, Cyril Bibby, Merle Curti, Buell Gallagher, Arnold Johnson, and Corliss Lamont. Most of these letters are preserved in the Eugene P. Link Papers.
Officially retired from SUNY, Plattsburgh since 1977, Link remained very active as an author and union activist. His three children, Martha (Mrs. Charles Casey), Perry Jr., and Bruce all followed their father into professions in academia. Dr. Link died on April 26, 2006.
The papers of Eugene P. Link contain autobiographical materials, memorabilia, family and professional correspondence with colleagues and publishers, lecture notes, published and unpublished manuscripts, and offprints of colleagues articles related to Link's career as a teacher, author, social historian, labor activist, and Christian minister. In particular the collection reflects Link's life-long commitment to social and economic justice, free speech, and religious tolerance in a pluralistic society. Included in the Link Papers are the papers of his wife and collaborator, Beulah Link, Harry Ward, his teacher and mentor at Union Theological Seminary and the records of the Reilgious Freedom Committee (1954-1964.).
Prominent correspondents includes academicians and social activists Herbert Aptheker (long time director of the American Institute of Marxist Studies); Lee Ball (director of the Methodist Federation of Social Action, 1960-73); Cyril Bibby (noted British scholar on the Huxley family and Principal of Kingston upon Hull College of Education, 1959-76); Merle Curti (professor and professor emeritus of American history at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1947-1996); Buell Gallagher (professor of Christian ethics, champion of academic freedom and civil rights, and president of the City College of New York, 1952-69); Arnold Johnson (national legislative director of the Communist Party, U.S.A. for nearly forty years); and Corliss Lamont (noted political, philosophical, and economic critic of capitalism).
Other series of interest to researchers include Dr. Link's labor activities (1966-1992) and teaching career (1933-77, 1985). Unfortunately, the early materials relating to Dr. Link's participation in the American Federation of Teachers (1935-1965) and the founding of the United University Professions, Inc. are not included in this collection. The teaching career materials include institutional correspondence and lecture notes on social history courses taught at the State University Colleges at New Paltz and Plattsburgh, and Hull House, England.
Dr. Link's publications include over forty articles, primarily in the area of social history and the social ethic of Canadian and American physicians including the Barton brothers, Norman Bethune, Elizabeth Blackwell, Harvey Cushing, Abraham and Mary Jacobi, Johnathan Knight, and the Mayo family. A major Link publication is Labor-Religion Prophet: The Time and Life of Harry F. Ward (Boulder, CO; Westview Press, 1984.).
Link's extensive research files on Ward include three of Ward's unpublished manuscripts. Ward (1873-1966) was an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church; professor of Christian ethics at Union Theological Seminary from 1918-41 (and emeritus after 1941 until his death in 1966); a founder of the Methodist Federation of Social Service in 1907; and chair of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1920-40 and founder of the Religious Freedom Committee.
The Link Papers contain the records of the Religious Freedom Committee for the years, 1954-1964, including minutes of its Administrative Committee, financial and membership records, its newsletter "Religious Freedom News", and occasional publications. The Religious Freedom Committee was an interfaith, interracial group founded in New York City to work for the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment.
Divided into 8 topical series, some with subseries.
Additional labor collections in the Department are available at the online Labor subject guide at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/labor.htm and education collections are available at the online Education subject guide at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/education.htm.
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Eugene P. Link from April 1991 - March 4, 1993. Additional accessions were added in 2002 and 2003.
Processed by: Robert H. Krapohl (May 9, 1993). Revised by Dorothy Christiansen (April 1994) in 1993.
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nam_apap025-1Series 1: Autobiographical and Family Correspondence, 1907-1993
|1||3||College of Emporia [with diploma]||1925-1929|
|1||4-5||College of Emporia Alumni Correspondence||1969-1989|
|1||6-7||Columbia University, New York City||1937-1956|
|1||8||Columbia University, Notebooks, Ph.D. Studies||1936-1940|
|1||9||Community Activities, Plattsburgh, New York||1964-1993|
|1||10||English I Composition Book||1922|
|1||11||Genealogical Materials on the Link Family||Undated|
|1||12||High School Yearbook, Emporia [Kansas] High School||1925|
|1||13||Link, Beulah, Personal Papers [with photos]||1930s-1992|
|1||14||Link, Beulah M., Scholarship Fund, Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska||1986-1988|
|1||15||Link, Nathaniel [Link's father], Formulas for His Drug Company||Undated|
|1||16||Management of the Link House, Plattsburgh, New York||1964-1992|
|1||17||"A Minute for Wendell Athey Link, My Brother"||1990s|
|1||19||Personal Papers before 1925 (incl. photos)||Undated|
|1||20||Placement, Link's Requests For||1941-1953|
|1||21||Reference, Letters of in Behalf of Link||1941-1979|
|1||22||Resume and Photos of Eugene Link||Undated|
|1||23||Retirement From Plattsburgh State University, Eugene Link||1977|
|1||24||Trusteeship, Hope College, Michigan||1958, 1963-1965|
|1||25||Union Theological Seminary [with materials on Link's ordination to the ministry]||1931-1935|
|1||26||University of Chicago||1929-1931|
|1||27||Wedding of Eugene and Beulah Link||1938|
|1||28-30||Casey, Martha Link [Link's daughter]||1950-1992|
|1||31||Link, Arthur S. [distant relative; professor at Princeton]||1961-1989|
|1||32||Link, Beulah to Eugene Link||1937-1992|
|1||33-34||Link, Bruce [Link's younger son]||1958-1992|
|1||35||Link, Eugene to his Family||1939-1964|
|1||36||Link, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel||1918-early 1940s|
|2||1-2||Link, Perry [Link's older son]||1954-1989|
|2||3||Link, Wendell Senior [Link's brother] and Junior and Families||1947-1992|
|2||4||Link Grandchildren ["Sasha", J. Casey, Monica and Nathan Link]||1977-1992, Undated|
|2||5||Meyer Family Correspondence [Beulah Link's family]||late 1930s-1967|
|2||6||Schwegler, Lidabelle Link [Link's, sister]||1940-1979|
|7||13||Rockwell Kent Painting, "Sacco and Vanzetti", Correspondence and Photographs||1994-2000|
|2||7||Academy of Independent Scholars||1982-1986|
|2||8||American Civil Liberties Union and Methodist Federation for Social Action||1973-1987|
|2||9||Appreciation, Expression Of By Former Students||ca. 1950-1984|
|2||10||Appreciation/Recognition Letters/Awards to Link||1938-1991|
|2||14||Books Donated to Various Universities [Cornell, Vermont, SUNY-Albany] by Link||1984-1985, 1987, 1992|
|2||15||Britain, Colleagues From [excepting Hull Lectureship]||1962-1974, 1976-1992|
|2||16||China, Link's Visit To [1983-84]||1983-1990|
|2||17||China Trips, Presentations||1977-1984|
|2||18||Colvin, Harold||1984-1995, Undated|
|2||19||Communist Party of the USA [with letters from Arnold Johnson and Gus Hall, receipts of financial contributions, and photos]||1970s-1980s|
|2||20||Curti, Merle, Correspondence||1939-1973|
|2||21||Curti, Merle, Correspondence and Photographs||1974-1992|
|2||22||Curti, Merle, Correspondence From and Regarding; Memorial Service, Photographs||1992-1996|
|2||23||Curti, Merle, Eightieth Birthday Festschrift||1973-1977|
|2||26||Gorton, John and Sally [formerly Mrs. Rockwell Kent]||1942-1991|
|2||27||Horton, Myles [with information on the Highlander School]||1974-1977|
|2||28||Hu, C. T.||1962-1985|
|2||30||India, Colleagues From||1960-1976|
|2||31||Jones, Dan Burne||1984-1986|
|2||33||Lake Champlain Pollution||1970-1987|
|2||35||Legislators on Various Matters [many addressed to Beulah Link]||1965-1992|
|2||37||Manealoff, Dorothy [wife of financial supporter of Harry F. Ward]||1973-1983|
|2||38||Marriage and the Family||1952-1953|
|2||39||Menon, Kamala, [Wife of T.K.N. Menon]||1964-1967|
|2||40||Miller, David L. [college alumnus and Univ. of Texas professor of philosophy]||1972-1978|
|2||41||Miscellaneous Correspondence to Beulah Link||1940-1993|
|2||42||Miscellaneous Correspondence to Eugene Link||1931-1973|
|3||1||Miscellaneous Correspondence to Eugene Link||1974-1994|
|3||2||Mohonk Mountain House||1971-1987|
|3||3||Okong'o, Peter [brother of Tom Mboya; with photo]||1960-1970|
|3||4||Preservation and Conversation Issues [i.e. Adirondack Park]||1974-1987|
|3||5-6||Summer Community of Scholars Program, SUNY, Plattsburgh||1967-1971|
|3||7||Union Theological Seminary Alumni||1981-1989|
|3||9||United States-China Peoples Friendship Association||1976-1977|
|3||10||Vermont, University of||1969-1982|
|3||11||"Women on War"||1939|
[correspondence with Beulah Link].
|3||11||Wullschegler, Gerret [former pastor of Links]||Undated|
|3||12||American Federation of Teachers/United University Professions||1966-1972|
|3||13||American Federation of Teachers/United University Professions||1973-1992|
|3||14||Bruce, William, Case||1972-1974|
|3||15||Central Labor Coalition of Clinton, Essex, and Warren Counties, Correspondence [Link organizer and vice president]||1974|
|3||16-17||Council of Active Retired Members (CO-ARM), United University Professions||1982-1992|
|3||18||Cranford, George, and AFT Case||1971|
|3||19||Diamond Service Award [AFT], Eugene Link||1990|
|3||20||Farm Workers Project, Unitarian-Universalist Church Board, Correspondence||1971-1972|
|3||21||Fiftieth Year in AFT/UUP, Recognition of Eugene Link||1985-1988|
|3||22||Link, Eugene P., United University Professions Scholarship||1987-1996|
|3||23||Oral History Project, United University Professions, Transcript||1990-1992|
|3||24||Solidarity Committee, United University Professions||1992|
nam_apap025-4Series 4: Teaching Career, 1933-1977, 1985
|3||25||Annamalai University [India] (Fulbright Lectures)||1955|
|3||26||Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C.||1938-1940|
|3||27||Mt. Hermon School [Mass.]||1933-1937|
|3||28||New Jersey State Teachers College||1944-1947|
|3||29||State University of New York, New Paltz||1950-1963|
|3||30||State University of New York, Plattsburgh||1958-1989|
Including George Angell correspondence.
|3||31||University of Denver [with photos]||1946-1951|
|3||32||Winthrop [S.C.] State Women's College||1942-1944|
|Subseries 4.2.1: New Paltz||Undated|
nam_apap025-4.2.1_1"American History, Readings In" (SS-518)
nam_apap025-4.2.1_2"American People, Social and Cultural History of the" (HIS-203/204)
|Subseries 4.2.2: Plattsburgh||Undated|
nam_apap025-4.2.2_1"Afro-American, Social History of the" (HIS-205)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_2"American History, Twentieth Century" (HIS-402/406)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_3"American Labor, History of" (HIS-304)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_4"American Labor Movement, Recent Trends in the [Seminar]" (HIS-509)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_5"American Peace Movements" (HIS-515)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_6"Asian Seminar" (HIS-552s), Plattsburgh
nam_apap025-4.2.2_7"Black History, Seminar" (HIS-501)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_8"Historiography" (HIS-370 [later 380])
nam_apap025-4.2.2_9"India, History of" (HIS 253s)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_10"Revolutionary Movements, Modern" (HIS-357)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_11"Senior Seminar" (HIS-400), Plattsburgh
nam_apap025-4.2.2_12"United States, Social and Cultural History of the" (HIS-301)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_13"United States, Social and Cultural History of the" (HIS-302)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_14"United States Civilization" (HIS-101)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_15"United States Civilization" (HIS-102)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_16"United States Social and Cultural History" (HIS-430)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_17"Women in America, Seminar" (HIS-480)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_18"Women in the U.S., History of" (HIS-303/305)
nam_apap025-4.2.2_19"Women's Rights in America, History" [readings; supplement to HIS-480]
nam_apap025-4.2.2_20Hull, England [Visiting Professorship
|4||18||Notes For Various Courses||Undated|
nam_apap025-5Series 5: Writings By Eugene P. Link, 1940-1992
|4||23||Link, Eugene||1981-1990, Undated|
|4||24||"Franklin's Friend [David] Hartley: English Poor Richard" [text, research notes, and photos]||1975-1976|
|4||25||The Humanitarian Trend in American Medicine, The Social Ideas of Physicians by Link||1990|
|4||26||McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography, Link's Contributions To||1969|
|4||27||"The Psychosomatic Outlook of Drs. Abraham and Mary Putnam Jacobi", by Link||1952|
|4||28||Teachers's Handbooks For ERPI Classroom Films Inc. [Link collaborator; 7 pamphlets]||1943|
|4||29||Victories in the Villages by Link||1964, 1979|
|4||30||"Marriage and the Family"||ca. 1949|
|4||31||Miscellaneous and Unpublished Writings by Link||Undated|
|4||32||"Notes on the European Study Tour on Marriage and Family Life Led By Dr. Eugene P. Link" [by Dorothy C. Houts]||1951 Summer|
|5||1||Beaumont, William, Link's Correspondence Relating To||1985-1992|
|5||2||Bethune, Norman, Link's Correspondence Concerning His Book On [with slides]||1974-1992|
|5||3||Blackwell Family Correspondence||1947|
|5||4||Democratic-Republican Societies by Link [publ. of]||1941-1985|
|5||5||Jacobis Article Correspondence by Link||1943-1953|
|5||6-7||Medical Profession Correspondence||1949-1977|
|5||8||"The Psychosomatic Outlook of Drs. Abraham and Mary Putnam Jacobi", Link's Correspondence Relating To||1940-1951|
|5||9||The Social Ideas of Physicians by Link, Publication Correspondence||1984-1992|
|5||10||"Aesthetics and Criticism"||1953-1954|
|5||12||Broadside, The [protest publication]||1963|
|5||14||Cooperatives, Articles On||1930s-1960s|
|5||15||Esselstyn, Caldwell B. M.D.||1953-1962|
|5||16||Friedrich, Ernst, Guerre a la Guerre [with annotations by Link]||1928|
|5||17||Hull Lectureship, Pamphlets Collected During||1975|
|5||18||International Physicians For the Prevention of Nuclear War and Physicians For Social Responsibility, Information On||1987|
|5||19||Ise, John [University of Kansas economics professor]||Undated|
|5||20||Labor, Miscellaneous Essays||1933-1971|
|5||21||Labor Issues [pamphlets]||1891-1982|
|5||22||Link Children [Martha Casey, Perry Link, Bruce Link]||1972-1989|
|5||23||Marxism and Communism, Various Essays||Undated|
|5||24||Miscellaneous Interest Articles||Undated|
|5||25||National Anthem Musical Score Collection||1964-1966|
|5||26||Nicaragua [U.S. involvement in], Essays||1980s|
|5||27||Peace Research Papers of the American Historical Association||1967-1974|
|5||30||USSR Trip Pamphlets||1975|
|5||31||White, William Allen, Articles Relating To||1963-1985|
|6||1||Contemporaries of Ward, Articles and Essays||1975-1980|
|6||2||"Does This Nation Want the Bill of Rights or the Police State?" [Speech by Ward]||1963|
|6||3||Estey, Ken, "The Pragmatic method in the Writings of Harry F. Ward" [unpublished research paper with Link's annotations]||1992|
|6||4||France, Ruth C. [Ward's secretary] to Ward||1960|
|6||5||"Marx and Jesus", Unpublished Manuscript by Ward||Undated|
|6||6||Miscellaneous Correspondence Regarding Link's Book on Ward||1968-1986|
|6||7||The Need For Free Exercise of Religion, Manuscript by Ward||1961|
|6||8||Religious Activities of Ward [incl. FBI file on Ward]||1920-1960|
|6||9||Ward, Harry F., Children's Correspondence [sons Lynd and Gordon and their families]||1969-1987|
|6||10||Ward, Harry F. and Daisy, Correspondence||1923-1980|
[includes letters to Link].
|6||11||Ward, Harry F., Photographs||mostly early 1960s|
|6||12||Ward, Lynd, Donation and Exhibition of His Woodcarvings||1986-1987|
|6||13||Ward Book Bibliography and Supporting Materials||1984|
|6||14-19||Ward Book Notes||Undated|
|6||20||Ward Book Publisher Correspondence||1980-1984|
|6||21||Ward Book Reviews||1984-1986|
|6||22||Ward-George Coe Correspondence||ca. 1933|
|7||1||Ward's 90th Birthday Celebration, Correspondence||1963|
|7||2||Ward's 90th Birthday Celebration, Financial Accounts||1963|
|7||Ward's 90th Birthday Celebration, Sound Recordings||1963|
|7||3||Westview Press/Publication of Ward Book||1982-1986|
|7||4-6||Administrative Committee Minutes of the RFC||02/08/1960-11/23/1964|
|7||7||Original Supporters/Sponsors List of the RFC||1950s-early 1960s|
|7||8||RFC Membership Mailing Labels||ca. 1960|
|7||10||Religious Freedom News (organ of the RFC) [incl. transcript of the Uphaus v. Wyman case]||1954-1964|
|7||11||"Let's Go To Church", Book Given to Links By Clarence V. Hourell||1944|
|7||12||International Who's Who in Education, Plaque Awarded to Link||1979|