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The Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc. Collection

Identifier: RG 0017

Scope and Contents

The Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc. Collection contains the papers of the Links organization. This collection, which dates from 1960 to 1993, contains research material, photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, and souvenir booklets that detail the history of the chapter and its significance to Houston. This collection provides a view of social organizations work to promote and engage in educational, civic and the intercultural activities for the benefit of the community.


  • 1960 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1974 - 1978

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 270 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.

By promoting and engaging in educational, civic and the intercultural activities for the benefit of the community over the past six decades, The Links Houston Chapter have made generous donations to: Riverside General Hospital, YWCA, YMCA, NAACP, Urban League, The United Fund, March of Dimes Drive, Eliza Johnson Center for the Aging, Texas Southern University, Sickle Cell Disease Research Foundation of Texas, Montessori School Neighborhood Education Center, Julia C. Hester House Community Center, Blue Triangle Multi-Cultural Association, the Doris Wesley Memorial Fund and the William H. Bell Memorial Fund. Through their efforts, many promising students have received more than $500,000 in scholarships and financial assistance.

The Houston Chapter members are active in an impressive list of professional, political, community and service organizations. Notable Link members included Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Judith Craven, First Black Female President of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, Algenita Scott Davis, first woman president, National Bar Association, Edith Irby Jones, first woman president of the National Medical Association, Natalie Carroll Dailey, President of the National Medical Association, Mildred H. Lord and Gladys T. Bransford, Presidents of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, Clarease Yates, U.S. Immigration Judge, Hilary Harmon Green, Harris County Justice of the Peace, Jacquelyn Alton, President of the Society of Government Travel Professionals, and Katishia Cosley, Melanie Lawson and Sharron Melton, Television News Anchors.


.75 Linear Feet (2)

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This collection is arranged in seven series.

Series I: Research Material

Series II: Programs

Series III: Invitations

Series IV: Souvenir Books

Series V: Newspaper Clippings

Series VI: Photographs

Series VII: Scapbooks and Photo Albums

Series I: Research Material (No date given), contains a handwritten history of The Links Houston Chapter by Link Jimmie P. Gray. This manuscript discusses the creation of the Links Houston Chapter, which was the first chapter to become a part of The Links, Inc.

Series II: Programs (1982-1989), contains two event programs. The first program details an art exhibit that took place during the Ninth Annual Links Cotillion. The exhibit displayed works from well know artists Dr. John Biggers and Harvey Johnson among others. The second program details an Awards and Literary Luncheon hosted by the Links, Inc. Houston Chapter to recognize students who participated in mentor internships that enhanced their awareness of possible career paths.

Series III: Invitations (1987), contains an invitation from The Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc. to honor Link Edwina Gray Higgins, new elected Western Area Director of The Links, Inc.

Series IV: Souvenir Booklets (1975-1984), contains five Links Cotillion souvenir booklets. The Links Cotillion is an annual social event held by The Houston Chapter of Links, Inc. to highlight the high school accomplishments of several young African American women in Houston.

Series V: Newspaper Clippings (1984), contains three newspaper clippings featuring articles about The Links Houston Chapter.

Series VI: Photographs (circa 1960-1974), contains group photographs of Houston Chapter of the Links members. This series includes a photograph is of the Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc charter members and a group photograph of Houston Chapter Link members at The Links, Houston Chapter 1974 Debutante Ball. Photographs include U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan and U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.

Series VII: Scrapbooks and Photo Albums (1962-1989) contain a scrap book commemorating The Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc. 11th Anniversary. This series also contains a photo album of photographs, programs, and correspondence documenting the chapter's history in the mid to late 1980s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by: Michelle Barnes and Mary Jefferson, March 2011

Processing Information

Processed by: Billy R. Glasco, Jr.

RG 0017 The Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc. Collection
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Billy Glasco, Jr.
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Repository Details

Part of the African American History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002