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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
Southside Baptist Church Files
Documents - Blank Notice of Dismission slips.DocumentsQ3401
Newspaper Clipping - Engagement announcement for Harold G. Root and Marie Parsons; July 19, 1931.Newspaper ClippingQ3501
Newspaper Clipping - Southside Baptist Church building addition groundbreaking ceremony, Elmira Star-Gazette.Newspaper ClippingQ3502
Newspaper Clippings - Southside Baptist Church Choir, Elmira Star-Gazette; December 18, 1935.Newspaper ClippingQ3503
Scrapbook - Southside Baptist Church Fletcher Class scrapbook including photographs and newsletters; 1950-1953.ScrapbookR0001
Scrapbook - Southside Baptist Church Adventure Club scrapbook including photographs and news.ScrapbookR0002
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church photographs of miscellaneous events, groups, and members.PhotographsR0101
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church photographs of miscellaneous members and groups.PhotographsR0201
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