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Collection TitleCL 136 United Baptist Church CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Kristen Goble
Date Completed:December 2014
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the United Baptist Church in 2011. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Churches, Baptist
Historical:

 

Official recognition of First Baptist Church took place in 1829.  The first church building went up in 1830 on land donated by Geoffrey Wisner.  Membership grew steadily in the church and by 1847 it became necessary to build a second, larger edifice.  Also in 1847, escaped slave John W. Jones came to Elmira and began his fifty years of service as Sexton for First Baptist Church.  In 1892, the church spent over $70,000 on a third and final building, which still stands today. 

 

Southside Baptist Church began around 1888 when residents of the south side of Elmira opened their homes for Friday evening prayer meetings.  Soon, attendance at these meetings warranted the building of a permanent church home.  In 1891 the Baptist Mission Sunday School was formed and Wednesday evening prayer meetings were held in a rented store on the corner of Pennsylvania and South Avenues.  Three years later Southside Baptist Church was officially organized.  In 1895 the lot where the temporary church was located was bought and construction on the church building began.  An addition was built in 1953 to accommodate the flourishing membership.

 

First Baptist Church and Southside Baptist Church combined around 2011 and now form United Baptist Church.

Scope:

The United Baptist Chuch Collection is broken down into several series.

Series I: First Baptist Church Membership Files - Church membership files, 1950s-2000s, featuring genealogical information, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Series II: First Baptist Church Collection - Church administrative documents, annual reports, programs, newsletters, photographs and assorted documents.

Series III: Southside Baptist Church Collection - Church administrative documents, programs, photographs and assorted documents. 

Extent13 linear feet
Date Span1829-2009
AbstractThis collection contains the records of the First and Southside Baptist Churches of Elmira.  From the First Baptist Church, it includes membership files, programs, newsletters, photographs and miscellaneous records.  From the Southside Baptist Church, the collection includes programs, newsletters, photographs, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous records.   


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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Program - Horseheads High School Commencement, June 22, 1942.ProgramA0403
First Baptist Membership Files
This folder contains the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Justin Adams; Richard & Llona Andrus; Mrs. Helen Avery.RecordsA1.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Robert & Jane Amidon; Anderson Family; Eva Andrews; David & Jeannine Andrus; Angell Family; Arnesen Family; Clara Arnold; Frank Arnts; Ellsworth & Marion Arthur; Jeffery & Margaret Averill; Ayers Family. RecordsA1.11-21
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Charles Abbott; Jan Ackley; Charles & Doris Adair; James & Lois Adams; Bertha Alexander; Charles & Bettiejoan Allen; Jessie Allen; Joe & Carla Allen; Hattie Ames.RecordsA1.2-10
This folder contains the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: William & Ella Bailey; Maude Baker; Esther Bardeen; Levetta Bates; Arlene Bauer; Norma Bauer; Delaney Bekhorn; Edna Belin; Barbara Berquist; William Billings; John Bovier; Karen Boynton; Ava Brandon; Grace Brink; Donald Brimmer; Corinna Brockway; Harry & Margaret Brooke. RecordsA2.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Fred Balmer; LaTisia Baltimore; John Barber Family; Leonia Barber; J. Whitney Bancroft; Barchet Family; Rev. Clinton Barlow; Opal Barnes; Robert Barranger; Helen Barrow. RecordsA2.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Diane Bahr; Suzanne Bahr; Betty Baker; Clara Baker; Harry & Anna Baker; Louise Baker; Ora Baker; Hannah Baldwin; Dawn Ballard. RecordsA2.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Mary Bates; Leon Batterson; Bauer Family; Lynne Baum; Charles Bauman Family; Louis Bauman; Willard Beard; Mary Beardsley; Deborah Beckhorn; Beckman Family.RecordsA2.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Merritt Becker; Bedrosian Family; Alice Bellows; James Bennett; Karen Bennett; Shirley Bennett; Lulu Beyler; Ruth Billen; Harriet Birchard; Marcia Bjorvand.RecordsA2.31-40
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Doreen Black; Michael Blair; Frank Blinn; Hazel Boyce; Elizabeth Brenzo; Florence Breese Family; Lawrence Breese; Ruth Brewer; Deborah Brimmer; George & Ann Brink.RecordsA2.41-50
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Charles Bristow; Bruce Brooks; Henry Brooks; John Brooks Family; Arlena Brown; Mrs. Cecile Brown; Evelyn Brown; Guy Brown; Paul Broxholm; Bulow Family.RecordsA2.51-60
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Constance Bundens; Florence Bundy; Alfred Burchard; Ella Burnham; Marion Burnham; Arthur Burt Family; J. Welling Burt Family; Earl & Nellie Burt; Virginia Bush; Mabel Bush. RecordsA2.61-70
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Mabel Butcher; Michelle Butler; James Buttman; Jennie Button.RecordsA2.71-74
This folder contains the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Muriel Callahan; Linda Cassetta; Bertha Caywood; Kenneth Caywood; Virginia Chamberlin; Sharon Champion; Brandy Chilson; Ruth Ciccoti; H.B. Crise; Gertrude Cook; Lela Coon.RecordsA3.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Walter Carpenter; William Carpenter Family; Joel & Dorothy Carroll; Case Family; Reetah Catlin; Chamberlain Family; Cheney Family; Christiansen Family; Albert Clark Family; Roselyn Clark Family.RecordsA3.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Geraldine Clark; Joyce Clark; Margaret Clark; Kathryn Clayson; Gregg & Jean Clayton; Robert & Joan Clayton; Merrill Cleveland; Stafford Cleveland; William Cody; J. Thomas & Minnie Coggin. RecordsA3.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Leo & Lena Cady; Shirley Cafolla; Donald Cameron; Anna Camp; Maude Camp; Grace Canavan; Carlson Family; Fannie Carpenter; Minnie Carpenter. RecordsA3.2-3.10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Douglas Colborn; Robert Colborn; Judson Cole; Norman Cole; Coles Connie; Ernest & Mildred Collins; Evelyn Collins; Emma Combs; Comfort Family; Janet Comstock.RecordsA3.31-40
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Congdon Family; Florence Conklin; Clyde & Alice Conley; Connelly Family; Barbara Connelly; Stephan Alma Cook; Martha Cook; Marion Coolbaugh; David & Janice Coon; Elwyn Cooper.RecordsA3.41-50
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: William & Helen Cooper; Copp Brothers; Donald Copp; Cortright Family; Earl Cornish; Clayton Corser; Corson Family; Dawn Costley; Eugene & Alma Costley; Kenneth Councilman. RecordsA3.51-60
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Roger & Mary Covell; Marlene Cowilich; Gail Craig; Gladys Crans; Rev. Claudine Crooks; Nora Crum; Camilla Cruttenden; Bill & Joan Cunnings; Curren Family; Leland Curtiss.RecordsA3.61-70
This folder contains the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Martha Dallman; Cathleen D'Ambrosio; Frances Darby; Nettie Davis; Delia Davis; Harrison Davis; Catherine Dean; Elizabeth Decker; Ronald Decker; Harriet Dibble; Anna Diefendorf; Florence Dilly; Mary Doane; Shirley Dove; Mrs. Charles Dunning. RecordsA4.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Nonie Dame; Ruby Daniels; Hildred Dann; Leslie Darr; Rena Daugherty; Gerald & Mary Lou Davey; Edna Davies; Agnes Davis; Christina Davis; Nettie Davis; Sady Davis; Jane Dawley.RecordsA4.2-13
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Patricia Jaynes; William Jaynes; Ellery Jones Beatrice Johnson; Duane Johnson; Alan & Sheri Jordan; Charles Juplenlaz.RecordsB10.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Clinton Janes; Florence Jenkins; David & Lori Jensen; Jimerson family; Dorothy Johnson; Eleanor Johnson; Mary Johnson; Anne Johnstone; John Johnstone; Thomas & Judith Johnstone; Fannie Jones; Connie Judd.RecordsB10.2-13
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