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Guide to the Jere Link Papers, 1914-2016 and undated

Summary

The Jere Link papers comprise his private diaries and journals, creative and scholarly writings, lecture notes and teaching materials, along with incoming correspondence. Diaries and journals contain Link's personal thoughts and comments on his life, activities, creative and scholarly work, and relationships. Link was very open regarding his inner thoughts and concerns, and very frank about his sexual activities and his life as a gay man. His writings include general notebooks with drafts of creative work, screenplays, book proposals and drafts, Link's dissertation, along with articles, poetry, and short stories. There are teaching materials primarily featuring Link's handwritten lecture notes for his classes, along with additional related maps, handouts, photographs, exams and other materials. In addition, there are incoming personal letters and cards, along with some professional letters regarding Link's institutional appointments, writing, and Fulbright travel grant.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11690
Title
Jere Link papers
Date
1914-2016 and undated, bulk 1975-2006
Creator
Link, Jere
Extent
7.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English and German

Collection Overview

Diaries and journals contain Link's personal thoughts and comments on his life, activities, creative and scholarly work, and relationships. Link was very open regarding his inner thoughts and concerns, and very frank about his sexual activities and his life as a gay man. His writings include general notebooks with drafts of creative work, screenplays, book proposals and drafts, Link's dissertation, along with articles, poetry, and short stories. There are teaching materials primarily featuring Link's handwritten lecture notes for his classes, along with additional related maps, handouts, photographs, exams and other materials. In addition, there are incoming personal letters and cards, along with some professional letters regarding Link's institutional appointments, writing, and Fulbright travel grant. Items pre-dating Link include two articles on Greece printed in 1914 and 1916, along with some family history materials dated 1928.

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Arrangement

Organized into the following series: Diaries and Journals, Writings, Teaching Materials, and Correspondence.

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[Identification of item], Jere Link Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Diaries and Journals, 1975-2011

The Diaries and Journals Series contain Link's personal thoughts and comments on his life, activities, creative and scholarly work, and relationships. Link was very open regarding his inner thoughts and concerns, and very frank about his sexual activities and his life as a gay man. He considered himself a scholar and a creative writer, so his entries generally do not mention current events or politics. Some entries in German.

Arranged chronologically.

1975
Box 5
1976?-1977?
Box 5
1978
Box 5
1979
Box 5
Journal leaves, 1979
Box 4
1980
Box 5
1981?
Box 5
1981-1982
Box 5
1982
Box 5
1982-1983
Box 5
1983
(2 folders)
Box 5
1983-1984
Box 5
1984
Box 5
1984-1985
Box 5
1985
Box 5
1985-1986
Box 5
1986
Box 5
1986-1988
Box 5
1988-1990
Box 5
1990-1991
Box 5
1992-1994
Box 5
1994-2001
Box 5
2005, 2011
Box 5

2. Writings, 1928-2016 and undated

The Writings Series contains Link's creative and scolarly writing, much of it undated. There are general notebooks with drafts of creative work (some with scattered lecture notes included), screenplays, book proposals and drafts, Link's dissertation, along with articles, poetry, and short stories. Much of the material in the series remained unpublished. See the Diaries and Journals Series for Link's commentary about individual items in the series.

Arranged alphabetically.

Postdoc applications, 1993
Box 3
Articles, undated
(3 folders)
Box 3
Conference papers, 1988-1989
Box 3
Papers submitted for coursework, 1982-1984
(2 folders)
Box 3
Confession before Communion, undated
Box 2
Floating Island notes, 1977
Box 2
Floating Island notes, 1994-2011
Box 2
Floating Island, original?, undated
Box 2
Floating Island, undated
Box 2
Floating Island, 1st draft?, 1976?
Box 4
Floating Island, 2nd draft, 1990
(2 folders)
Box 4
Floating Island, draft, undated
Box 4
In Debt to National Literature, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
In Debt to National Literature, chap. 3 on, undated
(3 folders)
Box 2
Members of the Schillerstiftung, appendix, undated
Box 2
King of the City, 1992
Box 2
Legion, undated
Box 2
Moving Pictures, scattered pages, undated
Box 2
Moving Pictures, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Pushkin book, 1982
Box 2
Untitled, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Book proposals, 1991 and undated
Box 2
Dossier of material for a biography, 1928-2013
Box 2
Dissertation (photocopy), undated
(3 folders)
Box 2
Commonplace book, 1980
Box 1
General writing, notebook, 1980
Box 1
Notebook, 1991-1992?
Box 1
Notebook, 1998?
Box 1
Notebook, undated
(6 folders)
Box 1
Attempts at Poetry, 1977
Box 4
Gedichte, 2016
Box 3
Poems, 1977-1986
Box 4
Poems, undated
Box 3
Book: The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier, 1998
Box 1
Screenplay fragments, undated
Box 1
Legion notes, undated
Box 1
Sketches of Legion story, 1981?
Box 1
The Legion, undated
Box 1
The Legion, annotated draft 1, undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
The Legion, annotated draft 2, undated
Box 1
Legion, final draft?, undated
Box 1
Wild Dogs, Wolves, notes and short draft, undated
Box 1
Wild Dogs, Wolves, annotated draft, undated
Box 1
Wild Dogs, Wolves, undated
Box 1
The Governor and the Russian Princess drafts, 1978 and undated
Box 3
The Hideaway, undated
Box 3
The Hideaway, annotated, undated
Box 3
Moving Pictures excerpt, 2009
Box 3

3. Teaching Materials, 1914-2016 and undated

The Teaching Materials Series primarily features Link's handwritten lecture notes for his classes, including additional related maps, handouts, photographs, exams and other materials. While most of the lecture notes were foldered according to Link's folder titles, there are several folders of loose lecture notes found in the the collection that are not arranged. Includes two research items regarding Greece that were published in 1914 and 1916. See also the general notebooks in the Writings Series for scattered lecture notes.

Arranged alphabetically.

1860's Symposium, 2003
Box 3
1880's, undated
Box 4
19th c. Imperialism, undated
Box 3
History 102, 19th and 20th centuries, 1989
Box 3
Alumni Enrichment Night, 2006
Box 3
Ancient and Medieval History, 2004 and undated
Box 3
AP European History, undated
Box 4
Articles on Greece, 1914, 1916
Box 3
Comments, undated
Box 3
Domestic Unification, undated
Box 4
End of the Holy Roman Empire 1792-1806, 1987
Box 3
Enlightenment and romanticism, 1990
Box 3
European Philosophy, undated
Box 4
French Revolution Notes, undated
Box 4
From the Dialogue, Phaidros, undated
Box 3
Fulbright Receipts Book, 1991
Box 3
German Cultural Revival, 1998
Box 3
German Culture, 1991
Box 4
Germans 20th century, undated
Box 3
KSU: Cultures, Empires, Civilizations, 2012-2016
Box 3
KSU Orientation, 2016
Box 3
KSU: Rome, 2016
Box 3
Lectures and Notes, undated
(7 folders)
Box 3
Lectures and notes (oversize), undated
Box 4
Logic and Fallacies, 2003
Box 3
Maps, Pictures, Factoids, undated
Box 3
Melodrama, 1989-1990
Box 4
Mercantilism, Revolution and Capitalism, undated
Box 3
Noble Deeds and Thoughts, undated
Box 4
Notebooks, undated
(6 folders)
Box 3
Notebooks (oversize), undated
Box 4
Philosophy, 2008 and undated
Box 3
Philosophy Lectures, undated
Box 4
Politics and Ideal State, 2002
Box 3
Postmodernism, undated
Box 4
Renaissance, undated
Box 4
Romanticism, 1991
Box 4
Weimar Germany, undated
Box 3

4. Correspondence, 1975-2006 and undated

The Correspondence Series contains primarily incoming personal letters and cards, along with some professional letters regarding Link's institutional appointments, writing, and Fulbright travel grant. There are only a few letters by Link. Topics include academia, popular culture, philosophy, an current events. Many letters are in German.

Arranged chronologically.

1975-1986
Box 4
1987-1988
Box 4
1989-1991
Box 4
1992-1994
Box 4
1995-1997
Box 4
2002-2006
Box 4
Undated
Box 4
 

Historical Note

Jere Hudson Link was born on June 12, 1951, in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated with honors from McGill Institute High School in Mobile in 1969. He attended the University of Alabama, received his undergraduate degree with special honors in German from the University of Texas at Austin (1973), a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1975) and his Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1988). Jere was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in his pursuit of his graduate studies. During his career he taught at Virginia Tech, The Westminster Schools, Pace Academy, and Kennesaw State University. He was honored as Georgia Star Teacher of the Year in 1997 and regional Star Teacher in 1993 and 2004. He died in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 15, 2018.


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Provenance

The Jere Link Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, January 2019

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2018-0110