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The Links, Incorporated Circle City (Indianapolis, Ind.) Chapter Records

Identifier: MSS080

Scope and Contents

The Links collection consists mostly of the files of the Circle City Links chapter from 1991-2009, including administrative records and photographs.

The bulk of the administrative records contain chapter meeting minutes, agendas, rosters, treasurer’s reports, and files and materials related to Link’s events. The series is arranged chronologically. Of particular interest are the files related to the formation of the Circle City Links chapter as the second Links chapter in Indianapolis. Please note that the annual “A Home for the Holidays” event co-sponsored with the Indianapolis Links chapter was originally called “Holiday House.” “A Home for the Holidays” has been used throughout the collection for clarity.

The photographs of the Circle City Links document the programs and activities of the chapter. It includes photographs from meetings and events hosted by the Links as well as photographs of Links members. Of note are the pictures from the 2008 Links Sickle Cell 5K Walk.


  • 1991 - 2009


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Historical Note

The Links, Incorporated began in Philadelphia in 1946 as The Links Club, an organization of women of color dedicated to bettering their communities through service and friendship. The Indianapolis-based Circle City Links chapter was officially founded as the city’s second Links chapter on November 18, 1995. It was the 263rd Links chapter internationally and the 5th Links chapter in Indiana.

The Links, Incorporated was founded on November 9, 1946 by friends Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott who, together with seven of their friends, established a club to promote service to the community and to nurture the bonds of friendship between them. In 1949, the Links held their first national assembly. Today, there are 283 Links chapters in the United States and the Bahamas with more than 15,000 members. The Links’ community service focuses on the five facets of Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, Health and Human Services, and The Arts. They have donated to the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, and helped build schools and wells in Africa. Local Links chapters raise money for both national campaigns and their own local programs.

The Circle City Links chapter began in August 1991 as an interest group called the Circle City League. In March of 1994, the Hoosier Capital League (HCL) was re-organized as a Links interest group, with formal recognition as an interest group by the national Links taking place on February 16, 1995. The HCL encompassed the nineteen members of the Circle City League as well as seven new members. The chapter was founded on November 18, 1995 during a weekend of celebrations. Twenty-five women from the interest group became charter members of the Circle City Links.

Two signature events put on by the Circle City Links chapter each year are the Jazz Brunch, which honors local male community leaders, and Home for the Holidays, which sells tickets to tour local homes decorated for the holidays by interior designers. Proceeds from both events support the programs and activities of the Circle City Links chapter. Organizations supported by the Circle City Links have included the Walker Theatre Center and the Martin Center.


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The Links Circle City Chapter was founded in 1995 as a chapter of the international service organization, The Links, Incorporated. Links chapters bring together African-American women to focus on community involvement and friendship. Member chapters emphasize the organization’s five programs of Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. The Links Circle City Chapter has implemented the five programs of The Links, Incorporated, with annual programs like the Jazz Brunch and A Home for Holidays.

The Links Circle City Chapter collection mainly consists of the chapter’s administrative files. The collection also includes newspaper clippings and photographs featuring chapter members at Links events and meetings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by The Links, Inc. Circle City Chapter, May 5, 2010. A2009/10-029


John-Hall, Annette. “The Links: A 60-year success.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 25, 2006.
The Links, Incorporated. Accessed July 28, 2017.
The Links, Incorporated Circle City (IN) Chapter. Accessed July 28, 2017.


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The Links, Incorporated Circle City (Indianapolis, Ind.) Chapter Records, 1991-2009
Meg Brown
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Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA