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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
First Baptist Membership Files
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Dorothy Decker; Richard & Ada DeGeus; Eleanor Deigner; DeLappa Family; Sharon DeLaOsaCruz; Merritt Derry Family; Jeanette Deuel. RecordsB4.14-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Eleanor DeVore; Louisa Dewey; Clyde Dickey; Mildred Dickinson; Ralph & Mary Dillon; Starlene Diotalevi; Clara Dixon; Helen Dodd; Sharon Domalski; Gertrude Donaldson.RecordsB4.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Donna Donahue; Billy Douglass; Shirley Dove; Madeline Draper; Marion Dryer; Dudgeon Family; Florence Dudley; Laura Dunham; Florence Dutenhoefer; Fred & Gladys Dykins; Neil & Julia Dykins; Dyer Family.RecordsB4.31-42
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Charles Eacker; Mrs. Frank Edwards; Willard Everitt.RecordsB5.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Ethel Ersly; Mildred Essick; Richard Evans; Hazel Everett; Naomi Everson.RecordsB5.11-15
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Frances Earley; Herbert Eastman; Eaton Family; Eddy Family; Alice Edminster; Elston Family; Lawrence English; Dean Entz; Walter & Guyla Ersly. RecordsB5.2-10
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Frances Field and Mary Fish.RecordsB6.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Joyce Fischer; Clarence Fisher family; Mary Fisher; Cynthia Fitzsimmons; Dirk & Lisa Flaharty; Shirley Foster; Carrie Fraleigh; Emily Freitas; Margaret Franks; Esther Frazier.RecordsB6.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Fretz family; Stanley Friends; Fletcher family; Foote family; Fudge family; Anne Fuller; Emma Fuller; Furman family. RecordsB6.20-28
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Gerald Faircloth; Charles Fanning; Mary Farr; Joelene Farrell; Pamela Farrill; Sarah Fassett; Clare Fenner; Don & Mary Ferguson; Bertha Fischer.RecordsB6.2-10
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Jerry Gallagher; Lula Georgia; George Goodwin; Viola Gordon; May Gould; Mary Granger; Alice Granick; Jill Grannis; Henry Gray; Bryan Gregory; Shawn Gregory; Virginia Greenfield; Harry Grunwald; Grace Gunderman. RecordsB7.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Margaret Gilbert; Kittie Gilbert; N. May Gilbert; Gingras Family; Gleason family; Helen Gleason; Ruth & Lyman Gleason; Eleanor Goodno; Goodwin family; Emma Gosper.RecordsB7.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Jack Gable; Harold & Genevieve Gardner; Otis Gardner; Gear family; Anna Gehrig; Geiger family; Harold & Helen Geistweit; Gernert family; Gessi family.RecordsB7.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Joellen Gottschalk; Mildred Gould; Rose Graffus; Grover & Louisa Graham; Ruby Grant; Rev. James Grant & family; Rev. Robert Gray & family; Sally Grayson; Greek family; Duane Green.RecordsB7.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Laurie Green; Sandra Green; Antoinette Gregory; Mary Griff; Marion Griswold; Floyd Groner; Francis Groom; Lawrence Groom & family; Leah Grover; John & Elizabeth Guyon.RecordsB7.31-40
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Ferdinand Hasse; Frank Hall; J. Allene Hall; Evelyn Heller; Agnes Harnechnie; Patricia Harner; Eva Hawkes; Helen Hibbard; Fanny Hill; Philip Holden; Audrey Horton; Mrs. R.A. Howard; Gordon Howells; Maegan Huneke; William Hunt; Alice Husberg.RecordsB8.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Belle Hanson; Agnes Harding; Harper family; Bruce & Phyllis Hatfield; Edna Haynes; Harry & Jessie Hays; David & Janice Heeman; Hellem family; Betty Heller; Memenway family.RecordsB8.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Jacquelyn Haggar; Haines family; Cynthia Harper Hale; Jerry Hall family; Carrie Hall; Erva Hamilton; Philip & Anita Hammond; Mildred Handy; Jay & Laurie Hansen.RecordsB8.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: James & Mary Henderson; Penrose & Kathryn Henderson; Karl & Pauline Hendricks; Henegahn family; Douglas & Martha Henry; Mildred Hildreth; Norman & Louise Hildum; Suzy Hill; Faith Hill; Rena Hilton.RecordsB8.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Sue Hindman; Fred & Helen Hinkelman; Hoffman family; Inger Hogan; John & Hora Holden; William & Lillian Hollis; Holly family; Tom Holmes; Lewis & Nelda Holton; Florence & Helen Hopkins.RecordsB8.31-40
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Irma Houck; Oscar & Marjorie Houghtaling; Houper family; Donah Housencht; Everett Hover; Fred & Pauline Howe; Margaret Howe; Howell family; Howland family; Carol Hoyt.RecordsB8.41-50
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Huff family; Donald & Diane Hughes; Mabel Hughes; Nancy Hughes; Sharron Huneke; Hungerford family; Burton & Irene Hunter; James & Mildred Hunter; Lottie Hurley; Emily Huslander; Romeo & Yvette Romeo.RecordsB8.51-62
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Joan Igoe; Mary Imray; Ingham family. RecordsB9.1-3
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Catherine Karavish; Ida Kaubisch; Janis Kellogg; Greta Kertcher; Updyke Kesel; Harold Kilmer; Diana & Helen King; Shannon Kiser; Helen Knilans; Maude Kowalska; E.C. Kreidler; Dorothy Kress; Melissa Kulago.RecordsC11.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Nancy Kelly; Leola Kemp; Clair & Nancy Kennedy; Nellie Kennedy; Wilbur & Doris Kennedy; Kieffer family; Maude Kies; Evelyn Kiess; Richard & Ann Kimball; Gary & Carolyn King. RecordsC11.11-20
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