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Edwin A. Link Collection

Identifier: H028-83

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents and records, correspondence, and photographs related to Edwin A. Link, the Link Trainer flight simulator, the Link Foundation, and underwater archeology.

The collection arrived in good condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary.


  • Creation: 1957 - 1976


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Born in Huntington, Indiana in 1904, Edwin A. Link became an early aviator and barnstormer. In the 1920s, he developed the "Link Trainer," an automated flight simulator, and in 1929, he founded Link Aviation in order to manufacture and sell the devices. His trainer was purchased by the United States Army to assist in pilot training in 1934, which soon after, was adopted as a standard device by the bulk of the aviation industry. He and his wife also established the Link Foundation in order to support research, education, and improvement of simulation technologies.

Link sold his company in 1954 and took up his other passion, deep-sea diving and underwater archaeology. Link developed various breathing apparatus and submersibles to support underwater operations.

In 1976, Link was inducted into The National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. He passed away in 1981.


Wikipedia, "Edwin Albert Link." [Online] 10 May 2018.


0.8 Linear Feet (Two manuscript boxes.)


Edwin A. Link (1904-1981) was an early aviation pioneer, famous for developing the "Link Trainer" (an early flight simulator used for pilot training in the 1920s). He was also interested in and held several patents for, equipment related to deep sea diving and underwater archaeology.

Series Description

The archivist kept the original organization intact without any further arrangement.

Provenance Statement

The Edwin A. Link Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by The Link Foundation and William M. Link on 1982-06-15.

Additional Sources

Edwin A. Link's personal papers are located at the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, New York.

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 5EAL-1-1-PC1

5 = History of Aviation Archives (HAC)

EAL = Edwin A. Link Collection

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

C = Color

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

Guide to the Edwin A. Link Collection, 1904-1981
Thomas Allen, PhD, CA
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA. 2018-05-10. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2020-12-02.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-05-10: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Thomas Allen, PhD, CA.
  • 2020-12-02: 2nd revision was an addition of more subject terms and other style elements of the finding aid by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

3020 Waterview Pkwy
Suite 11.206
Richardson Texas 75080 US