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Link, Arthur S. (Arthur Stanley), 1920-1998

Arthur Stanley Link was an author, editor, scholar and publisher, but is best known as the leading historian on Woodrow Wilson and for his leadership over the publication of Wilson's papers. Link was born to John William and Helen Link in New Market, Virginia on August 8, 1920. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1941 and taught at North Carolina State College from 1943-1944. From 1944-1945 he was a Rosenwald Fellow at Columbia; he received his doctorate from UNC in 1945. In 1945 Link became an instructor in history Princeton; in 1949 he joined the faculty at Northwestern and became a full professor in 1954. Link was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford from 1958-1959, having received an M.A. from Oxford in 1958. In 1958 the Woodrow Wilson Foundation invited Link to be director of The Papers of Woodrow Wilson Project, and he returned to Princeton as the chief editor of the project and a professor of History in 1960. At Princeton, Link led the 69 volumes of the Papers project from its inception through completion in 1994 and was also the Edwards Professor of American History from 1965-1976 and the George Henry Davis Professor of American History from 1976-1991. Link retired from the History Department as Professor Emeritus in 1991.

Along with his editorship of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Link published more than 30 books, including a five-volume biography of Wilson, as well as numerous articles and reviews. He held both Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, was a member of Institute for Advanced Study, and was president of Southern Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association. Additionally, Link was the main organizer and first president of the Association for Documentary Editing. He also served as Vice President of the National Council of Churches.

Link married Margaret McDowell Douglas on June 2, 1945; they had 4 children. Link died on March 26, 1998 in Bermuda Village, North Carolina.

The collection consists of personal papers of Arthur S. Link. Included are correspondence, papers, writings, notes on Link's biography of Woodrow Wilson, lecture notes, office files, and presidency records of the American Historical Association.

This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

The Arthur S. Link Faculty files were consulted during preparation of biographical note.

Gift of Arthur S. Link on May 5, 1992 [ML1992-10]. An additional gift of home office files and Wake Forest Medical School files was made by Link's son William A. Link in 2004[ML.2004.015]. In 2016, William A. Link donated five letters [ML.2016.001].

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This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory initially written in 1999. Additional materials were accessioned in 2004 and the preliminary inventory list was updated at this time.

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Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Date
2001
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Correspondence contains Link's correspondence from 1968-1992, including mostly professional but some personal correspondence.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained: correspondence in this series is arranged in chronological subseries followed by undated correspondence files.

Physical Description

77 boxes

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains correspondence through December 1982.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained: correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient name or organizational title.

Physical Description

25 boxes

A, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

A-B, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

C, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

C-D, undated. 2 boxes.
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2 boxes

E-G, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ga-Go, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Go-He, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

He-Hi, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Hi-Jo, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ka-Le, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Le-Li, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Li-Lo, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

M-Mc, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Na-Ne, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ne-No, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

No-Pr, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Pr, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Pr, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Pr-Si, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Sa-St, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Te-Th, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Ti-We, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

We, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

We-Wi, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes correspondence through June 1968.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained: correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient name or organizational title.

Physical Description

9 boxes

A-B, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

C-F, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

G-H, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

I-L, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

M-O, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

P-Q, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

R-So, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Sp-U, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

V-Z, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains correspondence from 1968-1974.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained: correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient name or organizational title.

Physical Description

3 boxes

A-Hi, 1968-1973. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ho-N, 1968-1974. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

O-W, 1968-1973. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains office correspondence from 1968-1977.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained: correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient name or organizational title.

Physical Description

20 boxes

A-Am, 1969-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Am-B, Miscellaneous, 1969-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ba-Ch, 1969-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ci-Du, 1969-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

E-F, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

G, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

H-J, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

K, Kelley, Robert Case, 1968-1976. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

K-Le, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Li-Mz, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

N, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

O-Princeton University History Department, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Princeton University History Department, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Pr-Sh, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Si-So, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Sp-U, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

V-Westminster College, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Westminster College, 1975-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Westminster College-Wilson International Center, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wilson National Fellowships-Z, 1968-1977. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains correspondence from 1982-1992.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained: correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient name or organizational title.

Physical Description

13 boxes

A, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

B, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

C, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

D, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

E-G, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

H-J, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

L, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

M, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

N, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

P, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Q-S, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

T-We, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wi-Z, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains correspondence about the following subjects: American Historical Association, Historical Foundation, Link-Leopold Correspondence, National Committee on Social Studies, Organization of American History, and Textbook Publishing.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained: materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by organizational name or subject.

Physical Description

7 boxes

American Historical Association, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

American Historical Association, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Historical Foundation, 1969-1977, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Link-Leopold Correspondence, 1949-1960, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

National Committee on Social Studies, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Organization of American Historians, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Textbook Publishing Correspondence, 1961-1972, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 2: Miscellaneous Papers, Undated contains undated miscellaneous papers on a variety of topics and includes some personal papers.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained.

Physical Description

5 boxes

Miscellaneous Papers, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Papers, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Papers, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Papers, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Personal Papers, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 3: Wilson Biography - Notes to Volumes 1-5, Undated contain Link's notes for his biography of Woodrow Wilson.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained.

Physical Description

9 boxes

Files 1-90, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 91-180, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 181-270, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 271-360, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 361-430, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 431-510, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 511-580, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 581-644, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Files 645-658 and misc., dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 4: Miscellaneous Writings, Undated includes notes for Wilson biography, dissertation, and other writings.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained.

Physical Description

6 boxes

Notes for Biography, Undated, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Biography Volume 1, Dissertation copies, Masters Thesis, Undated, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence for Green Festschrift, Research for Dissertation and Biography, Undated, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Biography Volumes 4 and 5, Second Draft, Handwritten Manuscripts, Undated, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Various Manuscripts, Newspapers, Materials on Professorship at Northwestern, Undated, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Articles, Book Chapters, etc., Undated, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 5: Lecture Notes, Undated contains Link's lecture notes for his teaching.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained. The lecture notes are arranged by class number.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Notes, Undated, dates not examined. 2 boxes.
Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Series 6: Later Additions contains Woodrow Wilson Foundation Annual Reports, Link's correspondence pre- and post-Princeton career, and some additional materials.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to Princeton has been maintained.

Physical Description

7 boxes

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Annual Reports, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence of Link pre- and post-Princeton Career, 1940-1955. 5 boxes.
Physical Description

5 boxes

Material Stored for Link, 1970 January. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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