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The Link Collections - The Marilyn C. Link Collection

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Abstract

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Marilyn C. Link Correspondence

Link Family Memorabilia

Link Family Memorabilia

Binghamton/Other Memorabilla and Miscellaneous

Link Memorabilia: Journals and Logs

Link Memorabilia: Journals and Logs

Oversized Items

Marilyn C. Link Photographs

Marilyn C. Link Photo Albums and Scrapbooks

Marilyn C. Link Photo Albums and Scrapbooks

Link Family Awards

Oversized Miscellaneous Items

Oversized Memorabilia

Oversized Memorabilia

Oversized Photographs and Photo Albums

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Collection Overview

Title: The Link Collections - The Marilyn C. Link CollectionAdd to your cart.

Extent: 13.0 Boxes

Subjects: Air pilots -- United States, Deep Diver (Submarine), Flight simulator industry -- United States, Flight simulators, Hughes Training, Inc., Inventions, Inventors -- United States, Link, Edwin A. (Edwin Albert), 1904-1981, Link, Marion Clayton, Link Aviation, Link Aviation Devices, Inc., Link Foundation, Link Piano and Organ Co., Link trainers, Oceanographers -- United States, Organ (Musical instrument) -- New York (State) -- Binghamton, Sea Diver (Ship), Underwater exploration

Abstract

The Link Collections at Binghamton University consist of the Edwin A. Link papers, the Marion Clayton Link papers, materials from the Link Foundation and from Hughes Training, Inc. as well as over 100 books donated by the Links, most of them from Edwin Link's personal library. The original collection of Edwin Link's papers was donated to the University by the Links in 1975, and the original Register of this collection was written in 1981, shortly before his death. Since then many more materials have been added to this collection, thanks to Marion Link and, in later years, Edwin's younger sister Marilyn Link. It was Marilyn who gathered Marion Link's papers and arranged to have them donated to Binghamton University in 1993. In 1996, Hughes Training Inc., microfilmed their historical archives, which contained materials relating to the Links' enterprises, and donated the originals to the University, along with the microfilm of papers donated to both Binghamton and the Smithsonian Institution. The most recent addition to Binghamton's collections are papers from the Link Foundation, donated in 1997. The Edwin A. Link papers were organized and described by Martha Clark, a graduate student in the Department of History in 1977-1979. The 1981 Register was written by Martha Clark and Marion Hanscom, Special Collections librarian. The Marion Clayton Link papers, the Link Foundation papers and the Hughes Training, inc., papers (known as the Link-Hughes Collection) were arranged and described in 1998 by Beth Turcy Kilmarx, Archival Assistant for Special Collections; Jeanne Eichelberger, Head of Special Collections and Preservation; Randall Miles, a graduate student in the Department of History; and Cindy Olbrys, Principal Preservation Assistant. This revision of the Register was written by Beth Turcy Kilmarx and Jeanne Eichelberger. The literary rights in the Link Collections have been dedicated to the public.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Edwin Albert Link span the years 1939 through 1981, plus a few posthumous additions through 1992, and deal primarily with Link's interests in the air and the oceans. The collection is contained in ninety-four boxes, and includes correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, financial records, engineering diagrams, reports, company and organization publications, and memorabilia. The bulk of the collection is concentrated between 1940 and 1970 and documents the continuing importance of E.A. Link in the field of aviation simulation, his pioneering efforts in underwater archaeology and ocean engineering, and the increasing sophistication of human interest in the oceans.

Mr. and Mrs. Link divided their collection of Link material between two institutions: the State University of New York at Binghamton (now known as Binghamton University), and the Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences in Binghamton, New York. This division was based on the goals of each institution, and most of the items that are suitable for exhibit were given to the Roberson Center. As a result, the Binghamton University Link Collection contains mainly of photographs, duplicate or xeroxed copies of newspaper and magazine articles, and there are few artifacts. However, all the correspondence is maintained at Binghamton University, along with important company documents, such as reports and minutes of meetings, publications, and advertisements. There is an extensive collection of financial records from the Sea Diver Corp., and forms from Link Aviation, Inc., for estimates, requisitions, shipping orders, and the like. The Link Collection also includes copies of Edwin Link's original engineering diagrams for his Man-in-Sea program, invaluable for showing the evolution of this concept, and his reports on archaeological expeditions and ocean engineering developments.

The Link papers are arranged according to the different types of material included within the collection. The largest, and most important series, contains Link's correspondence. A few letters written by Ed Link's wife, Marion Clayton Link, and his half-sister, Marilyn C. Link, are also included in this series. Because Link's business interests frequently grew out of his personal interests and were usually intertwined with them, it is difficult to separate precisely his business from his personal correspondence. Therefore, the correspondence is arranged topically to indicate the evolution and diversity of Link's ideas. Using this approach, two major categories are: Aviation (19391976), and Oceans (1946-1979); Organs and Player Pianos (1952-1970) form a third, much smaller category. A fourth, Miscellaneous Correspondence (1944-1981), contains the remainder of the correspondence. Within these categories, continuity is maintained through the use of chronological arrangement.

A flood in the Link Aviation, Inc. offices destroyed most of the early files, so there are no papers prior to 1939, and little information on the development of the early trainers. Also, there is little personal correspondence included in the collection.

Despite these limitations, the Edwin A. Link papers are a valuable source for historians of the twentieth century. Link is one of the important figures in aviation and simulation. Cold war historians will be interested in the informal relationships between Link Aviation, Inc., and the military establishment. The history of Link Aviation, Inc. will interest local historians because of its prominent role in the Binghamton area. Those studying the history of science and technology will also find valuable information in Ed Link's pioneering developments in the oceans. Although other people and companies have further expanded and developed his projects, Link was one of the first people to view realistically the potentials of the oceans. His abilities and interests in underwater archaeology and ocean engineering were an important element in the renewed interest in the oceans that became especially pronounced in the 1960s. In addition, Edwin Link was one of Binghamton's most prominent residents, and many persons probably will be interested in documenting his fascinating career. Thus, historians with diverse backgrounds will find the Link Collection useful for the varied insights it offers in understanding the conquest and use of the oceans and the air.

Subject/Index Terms

Air pilots -- United States
Deep Diver (Submarine)
Flight simulator industry -- United States
Flight simulators
Hughes Training, Inc.
Inventions
Inventors -- United States
Link, Edwin A. (Edwin Albert), 1904-1981
Link, Marion Clayton
Link Aviation
Link Aviation Devices, Inc.
Link Foundation
Link Piano and Organ Co.
Link trainers
Oceanographers -- United States
Organ (Musical instrument) -- New York (State) -- Binghamton
Sea Diver (Ship)
Underwater exploration


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Marilyn C. Link Correspondence],
[Box 2: Link Family Memorabilia],
[Item 2A: Link Family Memorabilia],
[Box 3: Binghamton/Other Memorabilla and Miscellaneous],
[Box 4: Link Memorabilia: Journals and Logs],
[Box 5: Link Memorabilia: Journals and Logs],
[Box 6: Oversized Items],
[Box 7: Marilyn C. Link Photographs],
[Box 8: Marilyn C. Link Photo Albums and Scrapbooks],
[Box 8A: Marilyn C. Link Photo Albums and Scrapbooks],
[Box 9: Link Family Awards],
[Box 10: Oversized Miscellaneous Items],
[Box 11: Oversized Memorabilia],
[Box 12: Oversized Memorabilia],
[Box 13: Oversized Photographs and Photo Albums],
[Drawer 1],
[All]

Box 7: Marilyn C. Link PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Marie Calmes Link (Marilyn C. Link's Mother)
Item 2: Photographs, 1990Add to your cart.
Marilyn C. Link's Birthplace
Item 3: Photographs, 1924 - 2002Add to your cart.
Marilyn C. Link (Miscellaneous)
Item 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Framed Photograph - Marilyn C. Link
Item 5: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Marilyn C. Link and Parents
Item 6: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Marilyn C. Link (Miscellaneous)
Item 7: Photographs, 1999 - 2000Add to your cart.
Link Flight Trainer Landmark
Item 8: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Marilyn C. Link (Miscellaneous)
Item 9: Photographs, 1953Add to your cart.
Hudson Bay Camp of Stuart McLean when Marilyn C. Link was his pilot
Item 10: Photographs, 1994Add to your cart.
Marilyn's 70th Birthday
Item 11: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Marion Link and Ed Link Jr.
Item 12: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Ed Link Jr.
Item 13: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Framed Photograph of painting of Clayton Link
Item 14: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Marie Link and Ed Link Sr.
Item 15: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
William Martin Link
Item 16: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous - Family Members, Siblings, Grandchildren, Neices, and Nephews
Item 17: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Link Foundation Trustee Members
Item 18: PhotographsAdd to your cart.

Framed Photograph - The Blue Box from Syracuse University

"Majoring in Excellence"

Item 19: Photographs, 1978Add to your cart.
Ed Link's Steam Diver
Item 20: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Promo Picture
Item 21: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Trainers, Link Flight Trainers
Item 22: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photos of Ed Link
Item 23: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Sea Diver
Item 24: Photographs, 2000Add to your cart.
The Restoration of Link Flight Simulators in Seattle
Item 25: Photographs, 2000Add to your cart.

Link Blue Box Trainer

at Melbourne Airport, Florda

at Evergreen Museum, Oregon

Item 26: Photographs, 2005Add to your cart.
The Link Train, Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Item 27: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Unmarked Link Aviation Pictures
Item 28: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous Photos of Link Executives
Item 29: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous Employee Functions
Item 30: Photographs, 1999Add to your cart.
Smithsonian Marine Station Dedication Ceremony - Computer Printout
Item 31: Photographs, 2013Add to your cart.
Smithstonian Exhibit Includes Ed Link
Item 32: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Marilyn Link Electronic Library Ceremony Pictures
Item 33: Photographs, 1965Add to your cart.
SPID - Miami Submergible Decompression Chamber
Item 34: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Link Antique Steam Engine
Item 35: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
East Swamp & Gatorville Railroad - Ft. Pierce, Florida
Item 36: Photographs, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 37: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous
Item 38: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Ed and Marion's Florida House
Item 39: Photograph BookAdd to your cart.
Link Foundation Memories
Item 40: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Link Flying School
Item 41: Photographs, 1979Add to your cart.
Ed and Marion Link Holiday Card

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Marilyn C. Link Correspondence],
[Box 2: Link Family Memorabilia],
[Item 2A: Link Family Memorabilia],
[Box 3: Binghamton/Other Memorabilla and Miscellaneous],
[Box 4: Link Memorabilia: Journals and Logs],
[Box 5: Link Memorabilia: Journals and Logs],
[Box 6: Oversized Items],
[Box 7: Marilyn C. Link Photographs],
[Box 8: Marilyn C. Link Photo Albums and Scrapbooks],
[Box 8A: Marilyn C. Link Photo Albums and Scrapbooks],
[Box 9: Link Family Awards],
[Box 10: Oversized Miscellaneous Items],
[Box 11: Oversized Memorabilia],
[Box 12: Oversized Memorabilia],
[Box 13: Oversized Photographs and Photo Albums],
[Drawer 1],
[All]


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