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The Link Collections - The Marilyn C. Link Collection

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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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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 5: Link Memorabilia: Journals and LogsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Pilot Log, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
Item 2: Pilot Log, 1946 - 1948Add to your cart.
Item 3: Pilot Log, 1950 - 1952Add to your cart.
Item 4: Pilot Log, 1951 - 1955Add to your cart.
Item 5: Pilot Log, 1956 - 1970Add to your cart.
Item 6: Pilot Log, 1970 - 1971Add to your cart.
Item 7: Travel Log, 1935Add to your cart.

New York to London

October 7 - November 13

Item 8: Travel Log, 1953Add to your cart.
November 6 to November 9

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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