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Eugene P. Link Papers


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History Professor and activist for unionism, this collection contains correspondence and rsearch files on Harry F. Ward, American medical history, and other subjects.


Link, Eugene P., 1907-
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7 cubic ft. (about 7 boxes)

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.

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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.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Eugene P. Link Papers, 1907-1993. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 1.2 cubic ft. (about 1.2 boxes)

This first series is further divided into two sub-series: (1) autobiographical and biographical; and (2) family correspondence.

The autobiographical and biographical materials span the entire length of Eugene Link's life: grade school materials; his Emporia, Kansas, high school yearbook and diploma; papers from his undergraduate college (the College of Emporia) and various graduate institutions (the University of Chicago, Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University); and alumni papers. Some of the materials in this subseries relate to Link's father, Nathaniel, a pharmacist in Emporia, who invented a well-known medicinal cream known as GIMP.

The papers of Link's wife, Beulah (they were married in 1938), also figure prominently in this subseries. Possessing a particular interest in mental retardation, Mrs. Link taught for thirty-one years at the elementary, high school, and college levels. Several of her articles were published over the years in various educational journals. Mrs. Link was her husband's partner in every sense of the word: as a union supporter, a counselor, an editor of Eugene Link's writings, and a supportive critic of his ideas and teachings.

The second division of series one deals with a voluminous family correspondence. A highly educated family, the Links saw all three of their children proceed to graduate school and careers in higher education. Martha Link Casey, possesses a doctorate in chemistry and has, since the mid-1970s, served on the administrative staff of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Their elder son, Eugene Perry, Jr., is a professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University. Younger son, Bruce, possesses a doctorate in psychiatry from Columbia University. The correspondence of the Link children sheds significant light upon the personal life of Dr. and Mrs. Link.

Arranged alphabetically.



1 1Appointment Books1974-1992


1 2Baby Book1907-1909


1 3College of Emporia [with diploma]1925-1929


1 4-5College of Emporia Alumni Correspondence 1969-1989
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2 folders


1 6-7Columbia University, New York City 1937-1956
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2 folders


1 8Columbia University, Notebooks, Ph.D. Studies1936-1940


1 9Community Activities, Plattsburgh, New York1964-1993


1 10English I Composition Book1922


1 11Genealogical Materials on the Link FamilyUndated


1 12High School Yearbook, Emporia [Kansas] High School1925


1 13Link, Beulah, Personal Papers [with photos]1930s-1992


1 14Link, Beulah M., Scholarship Fund, Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska1986-1988


1 15Link, Nathaniel [Link's father], Formulas for His Drug CompanyUndated


1 16Management of the Link House, Plattsburgh, New York1964-1992


1 17"A Minute for Wendell Athey Link, My Brother"1990s


1 18Notebookca. 1920


1 19Personal Papers before 1925 (incl. photos)Undated


1 20Placement, Link's Requests For1941-1953


1 21Reference, Letters of in Behalf of Link1941-1979


1 22Resume and Photos of Eugene LinkUndated


1 23Retirement From Plattsburgh State University, Eugene Link1977


1 24Trusteeship, Hope College, Michigan1958, 1963-1965


1 25Union Theological Seminary [with materials on Link's ordination to the ministry]1931-1935


1 26University of Chicago1929-1931


1 27Wedding of Eugene and Beulah Link1938


1 28-30Casey, Martha Link [Link's daughter] 1950-1992
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3 folders


1 31Link, Arthur S. [distant relative; professor at Princeton]1961-1989


1 32Link, Beulah to Eugene Link1937-1992


1 33-34Link, Bruce [Link's younger son] 1958-1992
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2 folders


1 35Link, Eugene to his Family1939-1964


1 36Link, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel1918-early 1940s


2 1-2Link, Perry [Link's older son] 1954-1989
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2 folders


2 3Link, Wendell Senior [Link's brother] and Junior and Families1947-1992


2 4Link Grandchildren ["Sasha", J. Casey, Monica and Nathan Link]1977-1992, Undated


2 5Meyer Family Correspondence [Beulah Link's family]late 1930s-1967


2 6Schwegler, Lidabelle Link [Link's, sister]1940-1979


7 13Rockwell Kent Painting, "Sacco and Vanzetti", Correspondence and Photographs1994-2000
Quantity:  1 cubic foot

Fully one-seventh of the Link Papers are composed of a highly eclectic professional correspondence with many significant academicians and social activists from the political left. Sensitive to the abuses of capitalism, tempered by the Great Depression and New Deal politics of Franklin Roosevelt, Link and his associates were firmly committed to social and economic justice for all, absolute free speech, and religious tolerance in a pluralistic society. Link's professional correspondents include: 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) (approximately 200 letters); 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).

The professional correspondence also contains letters from Link's academic colleagues in Britain (he served as a visiting professor at Hull in 1975) and India (mostly through the faculty of Annamalai University where Link served as a Fulbright Lecturer in the 1950s), old college alumni (Dwight Leonard and David L. Miller) and many letters from legislators (U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators and Governors from New York State).

The correspondence illustrates an evolution of Link's views toward an increasingly left-wing stance in the 1970s and 1980s. This evolution is underscored by Link's financial contributions to the Communist Party, U.S.A.

Arranged alphabetically.



2 7Academy of Independent Scholars1982-1986


2 8American Civil Liberties Union and Methodist Federation for Social Action1973-1987


2 9Appreciation, Expression Of By Former Studentsca. 1950-1984


2 10Appreciation/Recognition Letters/Awards to Link1938-1991


2 11Aptheker, Herbert1974-1984


2 12Ball, Lee1967-1984


2 13Bibby, Cyril1962-1973


2 14Books Donated to Various Universities [Cornell, Vermont, SUNY-Albany] by Link1984-1985, 1987, 1992


2 15Britain, Colleagues From [excepting Hull Lectureship]1962-1974, 1976-1992


2 16China, Link's Visit To [1983-84]1983-1990


2 17China Trips, Presentations1977-1984


2 18Colvin, Harold1984-1995, Undated


2 19Communist Party of the USA [with letters from Arnold Johnson and Gus Hall, receipts of financial contributions, and photos]1970s-1980s


2 20Curti, Merle, Correspondence1939-1973


2 21Curti, Merle, Correspondence and Photographs1974-1992


2 22Curti, Merle, Correspondence From and Regarding; Memorial Service, Photographs1992-1996


2 23Curti, Merle, Eightieth Birthday Festschrift1973-1977


2 24Dombrowski, Jim1974-1980


2 25Gallagher, Buell1934-1962


2 26Gorton, John and Sally [formerly Mrs. Rockwell Kent]1942-1991


2 27Horton, Myles [with information on the Highlander School]1974-1977


2 28Hu, C. T.1962-1985


2 29Hull Lectureship1974-1975


2 30India, Colleagues From1960-1976


2 31Jones, Dan Burne1984-1986


2 32Kent-Delord Collection1965-1983


2 33Lake Champlain Pollution1970-1987


2 34Lamont, Corliss1984-1989


2 35Legislators on Various Matters [many addressed to Beulah Link]1965-1992


2 36Leonard, Dwight1978-1990


2 37Manealoff, Dorothy [wife of financial supporter of Harry F. Ward]1973-1983


2 38Marriage and the Family1952-1953


2 39Menon, Kamala, [Wife of T.K.N. Menon]1964-1967


2 40Miller, David L. [college alumnus and Univ. of Texas professor of philosophy]1972-1978


2 41Miscellaneous Correspondence to Beulah Link1940-1993


2 42Miscellaneous Correspondence to Eugene Link1931-1973


3 1Miscellaneous Correspondence to Eugene Link1974-1994


3 2Mohonk Mountain House1971-1987


3 3Okong'o, Peter [brother of Tom Mboya; with photo]1960-1970


3 4Preservation and Conversation Issues [i.e. Adirondack Park]1974-1987


3 5-6Summer Community of Scholars Program, SUNY, Plattsburgh 1967-1971
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2 folders

Including photos.


3 7Union Theological Seminary Alumni1981-1989


3 8Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship1965-1992


3 9United States-China Peoples Friendship Association1976-1977


3 10Vermont, University of1969-1982


3 11"Women on War" 1939
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[correspondence with Beulah Link].


3 11Wullschegler, Gerret [former pastor of Links]Undated
Quantity: 0.2 cubic ft. (about 0.2 boxes)

Link first joined the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in 1935 while he was teaching history at Mt. Hermon School for Boys in Northfield, Massachusetts. At that time, Link's principal concern was to resist the signing of a teachers' oath and Governor [of Massachusetts] James M. Curley's attacks on the freedom of speech and the academic exchange of ideas. Link became a founding member of the United University Professions (UUP) and attempted to establish teachers unions wherever he taught in the 1930s-1950s (South Carolina, New Jersey, and Colorado). Link's work in the AFT and UUP is illustrated by this series (although only since the year 1966). Especially noted is his role as Vice President of the State University Federation of Teachers in the early 1970s; his leadership in the area of Membership Development for the UUP (even after retirement from active teaching in 1977, Link travelled around the country helping to organize higher education unions on seven other campuses while offering advice to organizers on countless others); his inspiration in the creation of the Council of Active Retired Members (CO-ARM); and his support of union activities in many fields throughout the world.

Link's unflinching support of unionism has brought him several awards. In 1985, he was recognized for his fiftieth year of involvement in the AFT. At the same time, Link helped initiate the scholarship for service-minded students which bear his name. Five years later (1990), he received the prestigious Diamond Service Award from the AFT. All of these events are chronicled in this series.

Finally, it should be mentioned that the commitment to unionism brought a good deal of opposition into the lives of Link and others of similar minds. Two early significant grievance cases against the administration of the State University of New York System, those of William Bruce and George Cranford, are examined in this series. In both cases, Link played the role of unofficial advisor to the aggrieved parties rather than active participant.

Arranged alphabetically.



3 12American Federation of Teachers/United University Professions1966-1972


3 13American Federation of Teachers/United University Professions1973-1992


3 14Bruce, William, Case1972-1974


3 15Central Labor Coalition of Clinton, Essex, and Warren Counties, Correspondence [Link organizer and vice president]1974


3 16-17Council of Active Retired Members (CO-ARM), United University Professions 1982-1992
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2 folders


3 18Cranford, George, and AFT Case1971


3 19Diamond Service Award [AFT], Eugene Link1990


3 20Farm Workers Project, Unitarian-Universalist Church Board, Correspondence1971-1972


3 21Fiftieth Year in AFT/UUP, Recognition of Eugene Link1985-1988


3 22Link, Eugene P., United University Professions Scholarship1987-1996


3 23Oral History Project, United University Professions, Transcript1990-1992


3 24Solidarity Committee, United University Professions1992
Quantity: 0.8 cubic ft. (about 0.8 boxes)

Despite his multifold interests, Link was first and foremost a teacher of social history. His long teaching career, which spanned nearly five decades, is illuminated by two subseries dealing with institutional correspondence and lecture notes.

Link taught as a full-time, permanent faculty member at seven schools in Massachusetts, South Carolina, New Jersey, Colorado, and New York. In addition, he was twice a Fulbright Lecturer in India and a one-year visiting professor in Britain and the Peoples Republic of China. Link's institutional correspondence covers all variety of educational matters, great and small, in which he was involved. In this subseries, particular attention is given to Link's career at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh (1963-77). The folder detailing this tenure contains Link's correspondence with George Angell (president of Plattsburgh, SUNY, from 1954-74). Link had known Angell when both served at the State University College of New Paltz, New York (Link as the Chair of the Social Science Division, 1950-63; Angell the Dean of the College, 1949-53). It was largely this friendship that led Link to Plattsburgh as "research professor" in 1963.

The second major subseries deals with Link's lecture notes from twenty courses taught at New Paltz, Plattsburgh, and Hull, England, over thirty-two years. Due to his interests in Third World cultures and minority rights in America, Link successfully introduced several courses in the 1970s that dealt with American cultural and social history including: African American, women's, Indian, and Asian studies. In that sense, he was a pioneer of the modern emphasis on multiculturalism in the State of New York University System.

Arranged alphabetically.



3 25Annamalai University [India] (Fulbright Lectures)1955


3 26Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C.1938-1940


3 27Mt. Hermon School [Mass.]1933-1937


3 28New Jersey State Teachers College1944-1947


3 29State University of New York, New Paltz1950-1963


3 30State University of New York, Plattsburgh 1958-1989
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Including George Angell correspondence.


3 31University of Denver [with photos]1946-1951


3 32Winthrop [S.C.] State Women's College1942-1944


4.2.1: New PaltzUndated
3 (4.2.1-New Paltz)33    


  "American History, Readings In" (SS-518)
3 (4.2.1-New Paltz)34    


  "American People, Social and Cultural History of the" (HIS-203/204)


4.2.2: PlattsburghUndated
3 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)35    


  "Afro-American, Social History of the" (HIS-205)
3 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)36    


  "American History, Twentieth Century" (HIS-402/406)
3 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)37    


  "American Labor, History of" (HIS-304)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)1    


  "American Labor Movement, Recent Trends in the [Seminar]" (HIS-509)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)2    


  "American Peace Movements" (HIS-515)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)3    


  "Asian Seminar" (HIS-552s), Plattsburgh
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)4    


  "Black History, Seminar" (HIS-501)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)5    


  "Historiography" (HIS-370 [later 380])
1968, 1977
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)6    


  "India, History of" (HIS 253s)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)7    


  "Revolutionary Movements, Modern" (HIS-357)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)8    


  "Senior Seminar" (HIS-400), Plattsburgh
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)9    


  "United States, Social and Cultural History of the" (HIS-301)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)10    


  "United States, Social and Cultural History of the" (HIS-302)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)11    


  "United States Civilization" (HIS-101)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)12    


  "United States Civilization" (HIS-102)
1977, 1985
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)13    


  "United States Social and Cultural History" (HIS-430)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)14    


  "Women in America, Seminar" (HIS-480)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)15    


  "Women in the U.S., History of" (HIS-303/305)
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)16    


  "Women's Rights in America, History" [readings; supplement to HIS-480]
early 1970s
4 (4.2.2-Plattsburgh)17    


  Hull, England [Visiting Professorship


4 18Notes For Various CoursesUndated
Quantity: 0.8 cubic ft. (about 0.8 boxes)

This series is divided into four subseries: (1) articles (organized by decade); (2) published manuscripts; (3) unpublished manuscripts; and (4) correspondence.

The first subseries contains copies of most of the nearly forty articles produced by Link over the course of fifty years. Although almost all of the articles fit into the category of American social history, many deal with Link's particular interest: the social ethics of American and Canadian physicians. Consequently, the subjects of Link's articles are often socially active and humanitarian minded physicians like Abraham and Mary Jacobi, the Barton brothers, Jonathan Knight, Elizabeth Blackwell, Harvey Cushing, the Mayo Family, and Norman Bethune.

The second subseries contains the texts of six manuscripts that were published from 1940-90. Once again, the major theme of the humanitarian impulse within the American medical profession is most prominent.

The third subseries deals with unpublished manuscripts. Two of these are concerned with marriage and the family (a popular interest of both Dr. and Mrs. Link in the late 1940s and early 1950s). Various miscellaneous writings of Link (poems, funeral eulogies, etc.) can be found in this subseries as well.

The final subseries contains the lengthy correspondence that Link produced in his effort to get his writings published. Although this correspondence largely parallels and elaborates the subseries on articles and published manuscripts, two folders relate specifically to Link's communications with various individuals in the American medical profession and provide insight into how Link gathered research material on some of his most significant writings.

Arranged alphabetically.



4 19Link, Eugene1941-1950


4 20Link, Eugene1951-1960


4 21Link, Eugene1961-1970


4 22Link, Eugene1971-1980


4 23Link, Eugene1981-1990, Undated


4 24"Franklin's Friend [David] Hartley: English Poor Richard" [text, research notes, and photos]1975-1976


4 25The Humanitarian Trend in American Medicine, The Social Ideas of Physicians by Link1990


4 26McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography, Link's Contributions To1969


4 27"The Psychosomatic Outlook of Drs. Abraham and Mary Putnam Jacobi", by Link1952


4 28Teachers's Handbooks For ERPI Classroom Films Inc. [Link collaborator; 7 pamphlets]1943


4 29Victories in the Villages by Link1964, 1979


4 30"Marriage and the Family"ca. 1949


4 31Miscellaneous and Unpublished Writings by LinkUndated


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 1Beaumont, William, Link's Correspondence Relating To1985-1992


5 2Bethune, Norman, Link's Correspondence Concerning His Book On [with slides]1974-1992


5 3Blackwell Family Correspondence1947


5 4Democratic-Republican Societies by Link [publ. of]1941-1985


5 5Jacobis Article Correspondence by Link1943-1953


5 6-7Medical Profession Correspondence 1949-1977
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5 8"The Psychosomatic Outlook of Drs. Abraham and Mary Putnam Jacobi", Link's Correspondence Relating To1940-1951


5 9The Social Ideas of Physicians by Link, Publication Correspondence1984-1992
Quantity: 0.7 cubic ft. (about 0.7 boxes)

In this series are publications (mostly journal articles) of interest to Link that were produced by other authors. In a certain sense, they can be categorized as specific and non-specific (although they are not divided into actual subseries).

Roughly forty percent of this series deals with publications whose authors are specifically noted by Link. Perhaps most prominently are those professional publications produced by Link's children (Martha Casey, Perry and Bruce Link; as well as Martha's husband, Charles Casey, a professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison). Other specific writings are from Cyril Bibby, a noted Huxley scholar; Caldwell Esselstyn, a medical doctor known for his emphasis on holistic healing; and John Ise, an economics professor from the University of Kansas, who was "blacklisted" by many professional economic associations for his socialist leanings.

The remainder of the series tends to be unspecific with regard to the authors of the articles saved by Link. The implication is that Link saved these writings, not because he knew or admired their authors, rather, he saved them because their subjects caught his interest. Hence, these articles reflect many of Link's concerns: labor issues, humanitarianism and the medical profession, Marxism and Communism, the U.S. involvement in Nicaragua, propaganda, and trilateralism. In addition, this series is a bit of a catch-all category, containing travel pamphlets that Link collected during his Hull Lectureship in 1975.

Arranged alphabetically.



5 10"Aesthetics and Criticism"1953-1954


5 11Bibby, Cyril1960s


5 12Broadside, The [protest publication]1963


5 13Colleagues, Miscellaneous1946-1987


5 14Cooperatives, Articles On1930s-1960s


5 15Esselstyn, Caldwell B. M.D.1953-1962


5 16Friedrich, Ernst, Guerre a la Guerre [with annotations by Link]1928


5 17Hull Lectureship, Pamphlets Collected During1975


5 18International Physicians For the Prevention of Nuclear War and Physicians For Social Responsibility, Information On1987


5 19Ise, John [University of Kansas economics professor]Undated


5 20Labor, Miscellaneous Essays1933-1971


5 21Labor Issues [pamphlets]1891-1982


5 22Link Children [Martha Casey, Perry Link, Bruce Link]1972-1989


5 23Marxism and Communism, Various EssaysUndated


5 24Miscellaneous Interest ArticlesUndated


5 25National Anthem Musical Score Collection1964-1966


5 26Nicaragua [U.S. involvement in], Essays1980s


5 27Peace Research Papers of the American Historical Association1967-1974


5 28Propaganda Articles1942-1945


5 29Trilateralism Articles1970s


5 30USSR Trip Pamphlets1975


5 31White, William Allen, Articles Relating To1963-1985
Quantity: 1.2 cubic ft. (about 1.2 boxes)

This is one of the most voluminous and significant series in the Link Papers. Harry F. 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. Deeply influenced by the Social Gospel of Washington Gladden and Walter Rauschenbusch, Ward, in turn, impressed the credo of social justice upon hundreds of his student ministers at Union Theological Seminary. Link was one of these students. After serving as Ward's graduate student assistant in the early 1930s, Link followed his theological mentor in the direction of extreme social activism. The large series of Ward materials acquired by Link throughout most of his adult life is testimony to the substantial impact that Ward had upon a more youthful Link.

The bulk of this series is concerned with Link's book, Labor-Religion Prophet: The Times and Life of Harry F. Ward (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1984). A book that took many years for Link to write, it is both the chronicle of a little understood, although much admired man, and the tribute of an adoring student for his venerable mentor. Extremely heavy on research materials, the series contains Link's notes, correspondence with Ward, efforts (unsuccessful and successful) to get his book published, and various reviews of the finished work.

Several folders of materials are concerned with the ninetieth birthday celebration organized for Ward by his admirers in New York City in 1963. Included are correspondence, financial accounts, and two reel-to-reel sound tapes that include the reminiscences of Ruth Crawford Francis, Stephen Fitchman, D.N. Pritt, and other colleagues of Ward.

Three works of Ward are preserved in this series in manuscript form: The Need For Free Exercise of Religion (1961); "Does This Nation Want the Bill of Rights or the Police State?" (transcript of a speech given by Ward in 1963); and Marx and Jesus (undated, a work that so thoroughly contrasted Marx with Jesus that Ward was unable to find a publisher for it). Of some interest to researchers might be the copy of the FBI file on Ward obtained by the Methodist Federation of Social Action in the 1970s.

Two folders of Ward materials deal with the family of Harry Ward. In the course of his research, Link became good friends with Ward's wife, Daisy, and three children, Gordon, Lynd, and Muriel. One folder contains this extensive correspondence between Link and the Ward family. The other folder relates specifically to the artwork and woodcarvings of Lynd Ward. A renowned artisan whose subjects often dealt with heroic, labor themes, Lynd Ward gave several woodcarvings to the Link family which were eventually exhibited and donated to the Rockwell Kent Gallery in Plattsburgh in 1986.

Arranged alphabetically.



6 1Contemporaries of Ward, Articles and Essays1975-1980


6 2"Does This Nation Want the Bill of Rights or the Police State?" [Speech by Ward]1963


6 3Estey, Ken, "The Pragmatic method in the Writings of Harry F. Ward" [unpublished research paper with Link's annotations]1992


6 4France, Ruth C. [Ward's secretary] to Ward 1960
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[includes photo].


6 5"Marx and Jesus", Unpublished Manuscript by WardUndated


6 6Miscellaneous Correspondence Regarding Link's Book on Ward1968-1986


6 7The Need For Free Exercise of Religion, Manuscript by Ward1961


6 8Religious Activities of Ward [incl. FBI file on Ward]1920-1960


6 9Ward, Harry F., Children's Correspondence [sons Lynd and Gordon and their families]1969-1987


6 10Ward, Harry F. and Daisy, Correspondence 1923-1980
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[includes letters to Link].


6 11Ward, Harry F., Photographsmostly early 1960s


6 12Ward, Lynd, Donation and Exhibition of His Woodcarvings1986-1987


6 13Ward Book Bibliography and Supporting Materials1984


6 14-19Ward Book Notes Undated
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6 folders


6 20Ward Book Publisher Correspondence1980-1984


6 21Ward Book Reviews1984-1986


6 22Ward-George Coe Correspondenceca. 1933


7 1Ward's 90th Birthday Celebration, Correspondence1963


7 2Ward's 90th Birthday Celebration, Financial Accounts1963


7 Ward's 90th Birthday Celebration, Sound Recordings 1963
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2 Reels


7 3Westview Press/Publication of Ward Book1982-1986
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft. (about 0.5 boxes)

Organized by Harry F. Ward in 1952 at the suggestion of Methodist pastor, Lee Ball (who was largely reacting to the McCarthyism of the times), the RFC had a national membership of lay people and clergy pledged to work to maintain free exercise of religion as granted by the Bill of Rights. The national executive committee of the RFC consisted of thirty-five and an administrative committee of seventeen consisted of Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish members who were both black and white. The steering committee which was the true energizing force of the RFC included Ward, Ball, Richard Morford (long-time director of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship), and William Howard Melish, an Episcopal priest. The lawyer of the group was Royal France, whose wife, Ruth, was an active admirer of Ward.

The Link Papers contain the Administrative Committee Minutes of the RFC from 1960-64; the original supporters/sponsors list of the RFC, 1950s-early 1960s; various pamphlets of the organization; and the Religious Freedom News, the official organ of the RFC. The RFC was disbanded in 1965 and many of its ongoing concerns were taken up by the Methodist Federation of Social Action.

Arranged alphabetically.



7 4-6Administrative Committee Minutes of the RFC 02/08/1960-11/23/1964
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3 folders


7 7Original Supporters/Sponsors List of the RFC1950s-early 1960s


7 8RFC Membership Mailing Labelsca. 1960


7 9RFC Pamphlets1960-1964


7 10Religious Freedom News (organ of the RFC) [incl. transcript of the Uphaus v. Wyman case]1954-1964
Quantity: 0.4 cubic ft. (about 0.4 boxes)

This series contains two items that, because of size and subject, do not fit easily into any of the other series. The two items are a religious instructional book given to the Link family in 1944 by Clarence V. Hourell and the 1979 plaque awarded to Link by the International Who's Who of Education.

Arranged alphabetically.



7 11"Let's Go To Church", Book Given to Links By Clarence V. Hourell1944


7 12International Who's Who in Education, Plaque Awarded to Link1979


7 14Bethune SlidesUndated