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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
Membership Rolls for First Baptist Church, 1958-1966.Membership RollsM0101
Membership Rolls for First Baptist Church, 1967-1981.Membership RollsM0201
First Baptist Elmiran newsletter, First Baptist Church, May 1950-September 1956.NewsletterM0301
Meeting Minutes - First Baptist Church; 1952-1955.Meeting MinutesN0000
Meeting Minutes - First Baptist Church Memorial Committee, 1968-1972; Advisory Council, 1968-1973; Annual Corporate Business Meeting, 1972.Meeting MinutesN0000
Scrapbook - First Baptist Church records; 1944-1945.ScrapbookN0000
Notebook - First Baptist Church Christian Education meeting minutes, pamphlets, etc.; 1959-1962.NotebookN0000
Meeting Minutes - First Baptist Church Personnel Committee, Church Board, Membership Integrity, Board of Deacons, Music Committee; 1980-1983.Meeting MinutesN0000
Meeting Minutes - First Baptist Church; 1961-1963.Meeting MinutesN0000
Scrapbook - First Baptist Church records' 1946-1947.ScrapbookN0000
Meeting Minutes - First Baptist Church committee meeting minutes; 1947-1951.Meeting MinutesN0000
Meeting Minutes - First Baptist Church; 1956-1960.Meeting MinutesN0000
Meeting Minutes - First Baptist Church; 1965-1966.Meeting MinutesN0000
Southside Baptist Church Files
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Business Meetings; 1975-1977.MinutesO0000
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Choir Meeting Minutes; 1925-1929.MinutesO0000
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Clerk Meeting Minutes; 1969-1976.MinutesO0000
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church: February 1923; May 1923; September 1927; May 1949; June 1949; July/August 1949; September 1949.NewsletterO0101
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church: November 1950; November 1951; March 1953; April 1953; June-August 1953; October 1953-February 1954; May 1954; October 1954-June 1955; October 1955-May 1956; December 1956; February-June 1957; Fall 1957; February 1958; May-June 1958; Fall 1958; Fall 1959; Winter 1959; Spring 1959; Summer 1959.NewsletterO0201
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church: Winter 1960-Spring 1961; January 1972; December 1978; December 1987; September 1987.NewsletterO0301
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, 1990-1999.NewsletterO0401
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, January 2000; November 2000.NewsletterO0501
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, May 2001-Decmber 2001.NewsletterO0601
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, January 2002-December 2002.NewsletterO0701
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, January 2003-December 2003.NewsletterO0801
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, January 2004-December 2004.NewsletterO0901
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