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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

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 TitlePC Photograph CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByPat Wainwright, Kim Richards, Sue Rogan
AbstractInventory in Progress

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This folder contains images of the Elmira Tuberculosis Sanitarium.Photographs3602
This folder contains photos relating to the Gleason Health Resort (Elmira Water Cure): Buildings & grounds; interior parlor; unidentified patients and guests; nursing staff c. 1935.Photographs3603
This folder contains photos relating to thr Visiting Nurse Association:5 very small pics of nurses at work c. 1941;small sepia of nurses in uniform;7 small pics c. 1935-1939 of nurses and Doctor at work;small B&W of 1935 Christmas Seal luncheon with names;2 medium B&W of nurses in uniform,c.1938;sepia of Veronica Marks,field supervisor,c.1938;sepia of nurse with family holding baby,c.1918-1919;sepia Miss Ethel Philips; 4 medium B&W of nurses at work c.1946; B&W c. 1934,mom trying to give baby cod liver oil;large B&W c. 1939-1941,nurses at work,2 photos c. 1939,at a meeting;large B&W of window display of Visiting Nurse TB Association;large B&W c. 1931 of nurse demonstrating baby care;large B&W treaing a patient c. 1936.Photographs3604
This folder contains: one color photo of the John C. Gridley Health Center at The CC Nursing acility.Photographs3605
This folder contains the following photos of local Presbyterian Churches: 1st Presbyterian of Elmira, exterior & interior, various dates; Presbyterian (Southport Corners), exterior, various dates; South Presbyterian, interior, various dates; Lake Street Presbyterian, exterior, various dates; Lake St. baptismal fount; Lake St. Brotherhood, ca. 1890s; Franklin Street Presbyterian, exterior, 1946; North Presbyterian, exterior, 1970s & 2002; Horseheads Presbyterian, old & new buildings, various dates; Big Flats Presbyterian, exterior, various dates.Photographs37A01
This folder contains the following images of local Methodist Churches: First Methodist of Elmira, exterior & interior, various dates; Hedding Methodist exterior, various dates; (17) Hedding Methodist Centennial Celebration, November 1952; Swartwood Methodist, both versions; Wellsburg Methodist, both versions; Riverside Methodist, 1974; United Methodist in Horseheads; (3) Elmira Methodist Church during services; (3) North Chemung church; Oakwood Methodist; (2) Westside Mehodist; Wesleyan; Webb Mills Methodist; Breesport Methodist; Big Flats Methodist; Catlin Methodist, Tompkins Corners; (3) Centenary Methodist Sunday School, 1923; Methodist Grade School, 1896 in Elmira Heights; women of Centenary Church, circa 1870's; Lowman Methodist Church; Sullivanville Methodist; Elmira Free Methodist Church; (14) New Beginnings United Methodist Church groundbreaking, 2009.Photographs37A02
This folder contains the following images of St. Luke's Church, 1955-1964: Chuch interior and exterior; events; junior chior; youth group; Rev. Henry C. Sears; Chior director Mrs. Bernard Hutchinson.Photographs37A03
This folder contains the following images of The First Congregational Church (Park Church): original exterior, 1854 with inset of Rev. Thomas K. Beecher; sketch of proposed church, 1870s; modern exterior, various dates; Park Church "Quartette", 1893; Church 'patriarchs', ca. 1880s; dedication of Beecher Memorial Organ, 1907 (featuring Mark Twain); Rev. Thomas K. Beecher statue in Wisner Park; grand piano in Beecher hall; congrgation during services, c. 1980's; views of auditorium, class rooms, library and parlors; church sign.Photographs37B01
This folder contains the following images of the German Evangelical Church (now United Church of Christ): exterior views, various dates; sanctuary, ca. 1890s; Board of Trustees, ca. 1900. Photographs37B02
This folder contains the following images of Lutheran Churches: Holy Trinity old & new buildings, various dates; Van Etten Lutheran altar. Photographs37B03
This folder contains the following images of Baptist Churches: (6) Southside Baptist Church; (4) Wellsburg First Baptist Church; chosing of building site for Wellsburg Church, 1931; Wellsburg Church service, 1931; Wellsburg First Baptist sanctuary, 1959; Union or Bethel church; interior Elmwood Baptist Church, Elmira Heights; (3) Southside Baptist members, circa 1930's; Maranatha Class, First Baptist Church, Elmira, 1953; dedication of marker for first church in Chemung County, 1921; Baptist Church at 308 E. Clinton, Elmira; "for Sale" sign Breesport Baptist, 1975; Elmira First Baptist Church, 1912-13; Chemung Baptist, 1975; Horseheads First Baptist; Baptist Hill Church; First Church in Chemung Valley stone, 1988; Collage of First Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal & First Baptist; Northside Baptist Church Sunday School class, ca. 1907; Pine City Baptist Church; Lowman Baptist Church; Big Flats Baptist Church; Rev. Roswell Goff Memorial, 1939.Photographs3801
This folder contains the following photographs of the First Baptist Church of Elmira: original building; sketch of proposed church, 1890; 2nd building exterior, various dates; the parsonage, ca. 1880s; sanctuary, various dates; Rev. William T. Henry, 1887; Marytha Women's Group, ca. 1940s; church choir; misc. parishoners. Photographs3802
This folder contains the following images of the Christ Episcopal Church of Wellsburg: exterior views; interior views; foundation being built, Wellsburg Christ Church, 1966; album of church views & windows, 1983. Photographs3803
This folder contains photos of local Episcopal Churches: (7) Grace Church exterior, 1974; (3) Pastors ringing Grace Church bell; Old Grace Church, Main & Gray; (8) Grace Church interior; (4) Trinity Church exterior; Trinity Choir, 1933; (8) Trinity 150th anniversary, 1973; Emmanuel Mission Services, ca. 1900; St. Matthew's Church & parish house, Horseheads.Photographs3804
This folder contains the following images of The First Church of Christ/ Central Christian Church: exterior & interior of original building, ca. 1900; Bible School children, 1925; 2-A.M. Laird Bible Class, ca. 1920s; 2nd building exterior, 1964; 3rd building exterior, 1974. Photographs3805
This folder contains the following church images: First Church of the Nazarene exterior; Glad Tidings Church, 1974; Christian Endeavor picnic, 1914; Gospel Wagon, E. Delamarter, Superintendent; (2) AME Zion Church, 1894; (5) installation of the AME Zion Church historical marker, 2010; band members with sign "Church Army Route March Washington,D.C. to Hamilton,Ont. God is Love"; First Church memorial stone; Lawrence Chapel, Odessa, 1972; Chapman Fellowship Band, 1935; Roosevelt Goff "barn church," Big Flats; St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church; Rev. John Bedzyk of Pentecostal Tabernacle; Big Flats Wesleyan Church; unidentified churches & groups.Photographs3806
This folder contains the following images of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Elmira Heights: exterior views; altar with close-ups of the artwork; stained glass windows; church women making halupkis, 1999. Photographs39A01
This folder contains photos relating to the Congregation B'nai Israel (Jewish): High St. building; Water St. building exterior; Car raffle event, 1995; Sisterhood Harvest Dinner, September 28, 1995 (people identified); parishoners at Oneg Shabbat, September 1, 1995 (people identified); religious school students, 1970s; members at various temple events, 1980s-90s (people identified); 1988 Confirmation Class. Photographs39A03
This folder contains photos relating to the Congregation Shomray Hadath (Jewish): building exterior, various dates; Purim Party, 1993; 1968 confirmation class; 1903 Purim Play; (10)-constructing the metal gates for the Ark.Photographs39A03
This folder contains pictures relating to St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church: exterior, various dates; sanctuary interior; Father Brien; close-up of stained glass windows. Photographs39B01
This folder contains the following images of St Casimir's Roman Catholic Church: exterior views, various dates; Rev. Balcerak (pastor 1918-1933); First Communion Class, 1912; Church choirs, ca. 1920s. Photographs39B02
This folder contains photos relating to Our Lady of Loures Roman Catholic Church: (4) exterior views; (4) interior view during Mass; Leo Schwab's funeral, 1984; cheerleadering squad, c. 1966, with names.Photographs39B03
This folder contains the following images of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, Elmira Heights: 4-Church under construction; exterior views; interior views. Photographs39B04
This folder contains the following images of Catholic Churches: (4) interiors of St Peter & Paul's during Mass; (5) construction at St Peter & Pauls, 2004; St Peter & Paul's exterior; (8)interior of St Mary's, 1974; St. Mary's exterior, 1973, 1995; parishoners leaving St Mary's; exterior of old St Anthony's Church; (3) St. Anthony's fire, 1947; (4) new St Anthony's exterior; (4) details of St Anthony exterior, 1985; (3)St Anthony 75th anniversary parade, 1983; Mount Savior Benedictine Monastery; St. Pius in Van Etten; St Cecelia's, Lake St; elaborate Catholic lectern,church unknown; (2) exterior of St Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads.Photographs39B05
This folder contains photos of St John the Baptist Church, during and immediately after the 1973 fire.Photographs39B06
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