Established in 1955, the Huntington, West Virginia chapter of The Links, Incorporated is a women’s volunteer organization that works to support culture, education, health and wellness for seniors, adults, and youth in the African American community. The national Links, Incorporated organization, founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, oversees four regional areas, including the Central Area, which consists of 69 Links chapters in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Huntington, WV chapter is the only Links, Incorporated chapter in West Virginia, and its activities extend to Williamson and Bluefield. Chapter members such as Bernice Johnson, Willene H. Moore, and Wendy Thomas have been leaders at chapter, regional, and national levels during the dates encompassed by this collection, and Thomas has served in official positions within the larger Central Area and national Links, Incorporated organizations.
Series I consists of Huntington Chapter records and memorabilia, including meeting minutes and agendas, financial statements, news clippings and press coverage of chapter work like Project LEAD (Links Ending Alcohol and Drugs) from 1989-2010s. Series II and III are composed of materials from the Central Area and national Links organizations, respectively, including assembly reports, programs, agendas, and other conference publications; and newsletters and periodicals dating from 2005-2010. Series III, Folder 9 contains a 256-page history of The Links, Incorporated, Linked for Friendship and Service, published in 2010.
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Access and Use
For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
The Links, Incorporated Collection, 1955-2016, Accession No. 2016/10.0835, Special Collections Department, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.