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Link, Arthur S. (Arthur Stanley), 1920-1998
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Arthur S. Link Papers
Public Policy Papers
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Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-106


Arthur S. 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. This collection consists of the personal papers of Link, which includes articles, correspondence, notes, office files, and presidency records of the American Historical Association.

Collection Description & Creator Information


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.

Collection Creator Biography:

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.

Collection History


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].

Archival Appraisal Information:

No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Processing Information:

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.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Credit this material:

Arthur S. Link Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Material:

Other material at the Mudd Manuscript Library related to the Arthur S. Link Papers include his Faculty files, part of the Princeton University Archives.

This collection is part of a group of over 20 collections held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library related to Woodrow Wilson, which can be located by searching for the subject "Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924" on the Princeton Finding Aids website or in the Princeton Library Main Catalog.

Please see Woodrow Wilson: A Guide to Selected Resources in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library for more particulars.

Publication Note:

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

Genre Terms:
Office files.
American historical association
Princeton university
Princeton University. Dept. of History.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.