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The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleCL 146 Harris Hill Amusement Park CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:April 2014
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Scott and Nancy Merrill in 2013. 
Terms:Amusement Parks; Big Flats (N.Y.)
Historical:Harris Hill Park, Inc. - In 1949, W. Kenneth and Frances Merrill began offering pony rides at what is now Harris Hill Amusement Park.  Over the years, the couple began offering a wider variety of rides and amusements including a petting zoo, putt-putt golf, a driving range and go-karts.  Their son, Scott, and his wife, Nancy, took over the business in 1976.  The couple ran it along with their children, Ashley and Michael, before selling it to long-time employees Jay and Terry Goodwin in 2002.  The park is still in operation. 
Scope:The Harris Hill Amusement Park Collection contains photographs of Harris Hill Park and the Merrill family; a scrapbook relating to the park; legal documents relating to the park; newspaper clippings; and assorted items related to the park. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1944-2002
Abstract

This collection contains images, scrapbooks and assorted documents related to the Harris Hill Amusement Park. 



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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Photograph album with images of the Harris Hill Amusement Park including owners Kenneth, Fran & Scott Merrill, employees, rides, buildings and events, 1944-2002. Photograph AlbumA0001
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings newspaper clippings, letters and misc. items related to the Harris Hill Amusement Park, 1985-2002. ScrapbookA0002
Magazine - Ford Times, May 1955. Features an article by Talitha Botsford regarding the Merrill Pony Farm.MagazineA0101
Letter from Mary to Fran Merrill regarding an article about the Harris Hill Amusement Par, ca. 1960s. LetterA0102
(2) Postcards of sailplanes over Harris Hill. PostcardA0103
Harris Hill advertising decal. DecalA0104
Cow-shaped mask given out at the 'World's Largest Taste Test' event at the Elmira Pizza Hut, September 4, 1989. MaskA0105
Script for a radio advertisement for Harris Hill Amusement Park with information about park history, rides and rates. ScriptA0106
Thank-you letter from the Lindley Presho fifth grade class to the staff of the Harris Hill Amusement Park, June 8, 2001. LetterA0107
Handbill - These Days, an independent film production, ca. 2000.HandbillA0108
Ledger - Sales at the Harris Hill Amusement Park concession stand, 1952-1959, and Putt-putt, 1958-1959. LedgerA0201
Ledger - Daily earnings from pony ride at Harris Hill Amusement Park, summer 1949. LedgerA0202
Ledger - Weekly earnings from pony rides at Eldridge Park and Harris Hill Amusement Park, 1950-1953. LegerA0203
Ledger - Weekly earnings from pony rides at Eldridge Park and Harris Hill Amusement Park, summer 1954. LedgerA0204
Ledger - Weekly earnings from rides at Eldridge Park, 1954, and Harris Hill Amusement Park, 1954-1959. LedgerA0205
Deed of sale between Harold & Catherine Connelly and Kenneth & Frances Merrill for a parcel of farm land in Big Flats on Harris Hill, April 21, 1945. DocumentA0301
Deed of sale between Harold W. Hayward and Kenneth & Frances Merrill for a parcel of farm land in Big Flats on Harris Hill, August 8, 1950. DocumentA0302
Mortgage contract and bond between the Marine Midland Trust Company of Southern New York and Kenneth & Frances Merrill of Big Flats, June 20, 1955. DocumentsA0303
Certificate of Incorporation of Harris Hill Kiddie Park, Inc., July 29, 1955. DocumentA0304
Mortgage contract and bond between the Marine Midland Trust Company of Southern New York and Kenneth & Frances Merrill of Big Flats, December 7, 1961. DocumentsA0305
Release of mortgage between the Marine Midland Trust Company of Southern New York and Kenneth & Frances Merrill of Big Flats, August 20, 1963. DocumentA0306
Letter from the law firm of Donovan, Garner, Davidson & Burns to Kenneth & Frances Merrill regarding the transfer of their lands to Chemung County for the establishing of the Soaring Museum, November 21, 1969. LetterA0307
Letter from the law firm of Donovan, Garner, Davidson & Burns to Kenneth & Frances Merrill with an attached survey map of their property, December 8, 1969. LetterA0308
Cover letter from the law firm of Donovan, Garner, Davidson & Burns to Kenneth & Frances Merrill for the deed conveying their land to Chemung County, February 4, 1970. (Deed not present)LetterA0309
Letter from the law firm of Donovan, Garner, Davidson & Burns to Kenneth & Frances Merrill regarding changes to the Harris Hill Park, Inc. articles of incorporation, February 28, 1977. LetterA0310
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