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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


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.


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 Church Collection
Booklet - Foster House Medical Affiliates.BookletH1806
Ticket - First Baptist Church 150th Anniversary Banquet, Elmira, May 16, 1979.TicketH1901
Newspaper Clipping - Rain Fails to Dampen Hunger Walk, Star Gazette, April 25, 1983.Newspaper ClippingH1902
Letter from James Grant of First Baptist Church to members regarding recognition of 75 years of membership, June 3, 1974.LetterH1903
Document - Personal Renewal Through Spiritual Growth Self-Inventory, First Baptist Church.DocumentH1904
Document - Survey for First Baptist Church members.DocumentH1905
Document - List of Committee members for the Maypole Craft Fair, First Baptist Church.DocumentH1906
Document - Registration form for Maypole Craft Festival, First Baptist Church, May 2, 1987.DocumentH1907
Document - Survey for members of First Baptist Church regarding the lunch program, 1978.DocumentH1908
Newsletter - Let's Share Summer Together, First Baptist Church.NewsletterH1909
Flyer - Crop Walk Route.FlyerH1910
Letter from Florence Loop, Director of Christian Education to First Baptist Church members regarding Fellowship Suppers, January 29, 1953.LetterH1911
Flyer - Information on Funds for Higher Education, First Baptist Church.FlyerH1912
Flyer - A Big Thank You for a Successful Biennial, First Baptist Church, 2000.FlyerH1913
Ledger - Record of events and services, 1829-1859; Membership Rolls, 1858-1859.LedgerI0101
Ledger - Historical Record and Church Roll,1871-1901.LedgerI0201
Ledger - First Baptist Church Official Membership Record, 1899-1903.LedgerI0301
Ledger - First Baptist Church Membership Record, 1866-1938.LedgerI0401
Ledger - First Baptist Church Official Membership Record,1906-1954.LedgerI0501
Records - Meeting minutes of the First Baptist Church Women's League, 1926-1931.RecordsI0601
Documents, including letters and lists, related to the 1972 Flood and First Baptist Church, 1972-1974.DocumentsI0701
Blue Prints - First Baptist Church, 1889; 1964.Blue PrintsI0801
Yearbook - First Baptist Church Marytha Class, 1952-1959; 1962-1963; 1969.YearbookI0901
Program - First Baptist Church Annual Bell Choir Festival, 1967-1974.ProgramI1001
Newspaper Clippings - First Baptist Church Bell Choir, 1967-1972.Newspaper ClippingI1002
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