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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
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Frances Rear; Edward Recker; Constance Reddon; Mabel Redmond; Howard & Mabel Reed; Grace Reid; Melvin & Alice Reynolds; Mabel Reynolds; Nellie Rhodes; Arthur Rice; Frank & Donna Richards; Betty Rinker; Lulu Roberts; Charles Robinson; Mrs. Curtis Rockwell; Pauline Rockwell; Anna Roe; Karen Rohde; Richard & June Rowland; Edward Roy; Marlene Rzengota. RecordsD18.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Verna Reynolds; Harold Rhoades; Jane Rhodes; charlotte Rice; Philip & Doris Richards; Stockwell Ridge; Charlene Ziegler Rivlin; Gerald & Nancy Robbins; Lee & Vivian Robbins; Charles & Lois Robinson.RecordsD18.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Ramsdell family; Adelaide; Richard & Marietta Record; Florence Reed; Sidney Reed; Emily Renshaw; Alton Reynolds; Melvin & Grace Reynolds; Oscar & Katherine Reynolds. RecordsD18.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Elsie Roberts; Anna Robertson; Margaret Robinson; James, Margaret & Carol Rockey; Dudley & Iva Rockwell; Edward & Marion Rockwell; Hilda Rockwell; Phillip Roe; Walter & Ruth Rodgers; Agnes Rogers. RecordsD18.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Robert & Dorothy Rogers; Bertha Rosenkrans; Ruth Rosenkrans; Arthur & Gloria Ross; Roger Rought; Jean Roush; Thorl & Laura Rudd; Marilyn Ruggles; Clyde Rugur; Richard & Wanda Runyon; Walter & Ruth Rusby; Matalyn Rustin; Harold & Loranie Rynders.RecordsD18.31-43
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Shirley Schwab; William & Melissa Searle; Laura Seibold; Ruth Shelford; Clayton Shoemaker; Eleanor Shoemaker; Alfred Short; Maude Short; Kathryn Simons; Charles Sitzler; Janice Sloniger; Katherine Sly; Park Sly; Donald Solomento; Amanda Stevens; Mary Ann Stevens; Minnie Stevens; Denise Sullivan. RecordsD19.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Leonard & Isabella Schmitt; Betty Schneck; Elizabeth Schneck; Verda Schneider; Jay & Mildred Schoonover; Karen Schoonover; Sarah Schrecker; Mary Lou Schwedes; Lois Schweppe; Pauline Seager. RecordsD19.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Arthur & Martha Searle; Randy & Cindy Sechrist; Irene Seeley; Gilbert & Ruth See; Lewis & Sibyl Seely; Leontine Seem; Robert & Elnora Sewell; Frances Maude Seymour; G. Booth Seymour family; Adelia Shaff. RecordsD19.21.30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Clinton Sadler; Donald & Jean Sadler; Robert, Jennie & James Sadler; William Sawyer Sr. & Jr.; Harry & Phoebe Saxon; Mary Scalzo; George & Mary Jo Scarborough; Harriet Schanley; Mary Ann Scharr.RecordsD19.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: J. Norman & Betty Sharp; Charlotte Sheahan; Fred & Amy Sheeder; Richard Sheeder; Gary Sheffer; Edna, Doris & Blanche Sheive; Grace Sheive; Guy Shoemaker; M. Holmes & Esther Schoemaker; Grace Shull.RecordsD19.31-40
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Jane Shumway; Ralph & Elsie Sias; Samuel & Jessie Simon; Dorothy Skebey; Sarah Lynn Skebey; Rose Sliter; Carl & Sevella Smith; Dr. King, Donna & Beth Snyder; Beth Spanziani; Charles & Patricia Sperry. RecordsD19.41-50
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Lisa & Liz Spoon; William & Edna Jane Spreng; Betty & Bruce Stayments; Donald & Debra Stevens. RecordsD19.51-54
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Americo & Alice Tagliaferri; Michael Taylor; Pauline Taylor; Stephen Taylor; Steve & Diane Taylor; Bruce Terwilliger; Gary & Sharon Templar; James Tetz; John & Verna Tetz; Victor & Sharon Troha; Hugh & Helen Tucker; Ruth Turner; Daniel & Nancy Twist.RecordsD20.1-13
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Larry Updike; Richard Updike. RecordsD21.1-2
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Joyce Van Amburg; Nancy Van Galder; Gerald & Carol Vargeson; Paul & Helen Vincent. RecordsD22.1-4
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Stephanie Ramsdell Wage; Harold & Elizabeth Waite; Alison Wandell; Florence Wantuck; Judy Synder Ward; Cathy Burt Watkins; Cynthia Welliver; Drusilla Welshans; Timothy Welshans; Linda Whitney; Franklin & Ella Williams; Sandra Woodburn; Grant, Monica & Ryan Woodward; Hattie Wright. RecordsD23.1-14
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: George & Bobbie Lee Youngblood; Charles & Bette Ziegler.RecordsD24.1-2
First Baptist Church Collection
This folder contains lists of First Baptist Church members for the following years: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967 & 1969. RecordsD01
This folder contains lists of First Baptist Church members for 1970 & 1973.RecordsD02
Booklets - First Baptist Church Membership Directories: 1975, 1978 & 1979.BookletsD03
Booklets - First Baptist Church Membership Directories: 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 & 1987.BookletsD04
Booklets - First Baptist Church Membership Directories: 1990 & 1995.BookletsD05
Monthly report of the First Baptist Church clerk, January 1995.DocumentD0601
List of relatives of members of the First Baptist Church, ca. 1990s. DocumentD0602
First Baptist Church administrative notebook featuring meeting minutes and financial records, 1925-1933. NotebookE01
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