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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

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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 the following Elmira Masonic Lodge images: Masonic Lodge building at Lake & Market, 1888; Lodge Building before the fire, 1890 (5); Second Lodge building, E.Market & Gray Streets, circa 1974 (3); Grotto Club on upper Lake near Sullivan; Grotto Club on William St, 1988; Ivy Lodge #397 members, 1906; lodge members, various dates; Eastern Star with Marshall Goodrich; Eastern Star reception, 1954; Lodge Past Masters from 1931 to 1948; laying cornerstone for new lodge, 1977 (3).Photographs4504
This folder contains the folloowing Elmira Rotary Club images: (4) Reconstruction home on Maple Ave, c. 1930-1936; (2) club luncheon, 1916; "Rough Riders Round-Up" with pics and names, 1933; (2)club baseball game,no date; (5) Rotary activities, circa 1970; (3) Rotary meeting at Mark Twain Hotel, no date; Rotary baseball team, no date; banquet, 1968; (2) WELM broadcast; Rotary-WELM Day; (3) Rotarians "rehabbing" 215 Fulton Street, 1985.Photographs4505
This folder contains the following images of clubs: Pinecliff Club, 1902; Mustache Club at Myhalyk's Restaurant, 1954; Heart Club & guests; Druggists' Association, Catskills, June 1888; (2) Camera Club, 1902; National Protective League; (2) Eastside Newsboys Club; Horseheads Legion Ladies Band; Red Men Club outing at Coldbrook; (4) Rapshaw Club, Adirondacks, various dates; prize winning Omega Club members visiting Washington D.C., 1923; Elmira newsboys, 1910; 4-H Club picnic, 1925; (2) Keuka Club, 1930; Empire Produce Outing at Coldbrook Club, 1934; men's camp at Iroquois; (2)Orphan's Home building of New Garden Club, 1970's; (2) American Legion in Wisner Park, 1973; Chamber Singers, 1973; Explore Club walking tour, no date; Grotto Club at 218 William, 1983; Elmira Musicians' Meeting; (2) Elmira Exchange Club dinner meeting, 1950's; (2) Moose Club Building at 111 Penna Ave, pre-1977; 4-H Club members in formation, 1961; Audubond Society members, 1973; First Wednesday Breakfast Cub, 1994; Elmira County Club; City Club, ca. 1890s; Ku Klux Klan parade, July 1925; Knights of Columbus, ca. 1920s; Fraternal Order of Eagles, ca. 1920s; members of unidentified organizations.Photographs4506
This folder contains photos of the Motorcycle Club:12 small B&W of their various activities,no date or locale; 2 small sets of double-sided photos, names on one side of one,no dates or locale;large groupphoto of club in front of the old tobacco shop"Goff.Way & Brand" by Madison Avenue Bridge, no date.Photographs4507
This folder contains: 3 large and one medium sepia pictures of Public School children planting trees on Quarry Farm property, no date; one large sepia of school children planting trees near city reservoir,c. 1926; four large sepia photos of "tree planting committee which included Susan Crane, Quarry Farm, no date.Photographs4602
This folder contains: 14 photos of varied size of the American Legion Ladies Auxilary;1950 large B&W of Salvation Army Band;two large photos of WWII Gold Star Mothers; large photo of Legion ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.Photographs4603
This folder contains: seven photos of "Federation Farm" on Hoffman Street in Elmira, most photos c. 1925.Photographs4606
This folder contains information and pictures of the Federation Building in Elmira at the corner of E.Church Stret & State: 3 large views of its exterior,one sepia,one B&W;large sepia picture of the Beecher(Mrs.) memorial water fountain at the corner of the building with a typed description plus a copy of a newspaper article dated 1903 noting a meeting of the Beecher Memorial Committee; a sepia view of the lunch room in the building;the auditorium with stage,large group of people, c. 1910; three sepia photos of visiting nurse & their patients c. 1925;two pictures of a family that "Family Welfare" has helped;a sepia photo of visiting nurses about to depart from the building; a window display showing a public health nurse at work.Photographs4608
This folder contains pictures of the "Kanawehola Bicycle Club" c. 1895; five large sepia s of the club in 1895 at their fourth annual race gathering on Labor Day Sept. 6th;(2) small sepia of the club at Fitch's Bridge;a large & small photo of the club at the Bronson House(Hotel) in painted Post c. 1899.Photographs4609
This folder contains the following Orphan's Home images: (3)original Southern Tier Orphans' Home, 1866; (2) Orphans' Home at Pleasant & Fulton Sts., 1920; schoolhouse & children playing baseball; unidentified orphans.Photographs4610
This folder contains: 32 color photos at the Elmira Holiday Inn, 8/20/1997 of the "Leaders of the I-86 ProposaL";21 Color photos of the Souhern Tier Central Committee on April 10, 1997.Photographs4611
This folder contains: 6 photos of various sizes of the Century Club(listed in the 1900 city directory at 509 Robinson building)large sepia interior view of club with names on the reverse.Photographs4612
This folder contains the following Elks Club images: sketch of proposed Club building, ca. 1900; club building on Market St., various dates; Father Mathew Society building, 1911; Elks Club fire, March 6, 1989 & aftermath; groundbreaking for new building, 1989; Elks Club outings at Coldbrook, 1905 & 1915; members, 1934.Photographs4613
This folder contains the following images of the Elmira Country Club: original clubhouse, 1890s (2); 2nd clubhouse, ca. 1910s; cake cuting at club's 80th birtday celebration; aerial view,c. 1953; ECC golf tournament, 1975 (2); club golf course, 1973 (3); 3rd clubhouse demolition, September 2000(6).Photographs4614
This folder contains: four large photos of Home for thr Aged residents and staff, no date;small old sepia photo of Home for Aged exterior;2 small B&W exterior during 100th anniversary in 1974;two color exterior of Home for Aged exteror,Grand Central Avenue, 1989.Photographs4615
This folder contains: 3 small color photos of the new Southport Prison under construcion, c. 1988.Photographs4701
This folder contains: a large B&W titled "Rafts on the Susquehanna".4702
This folder contains the following police images: group shots of the Elmira Police Department, 1880s, 1900, 1912, 1915, 1932 & 1960s; police paddy wagon, 1913 (2); Retired police officers' reunion, ca. 1960s; Recorder's Court, circa 1900; working cops, 1973; Jesse Swackhammer,Horsheads Chief of Police and the following police officers: Bob Andrus, Roy Beardsley, Bob Bradt, Bill Caroscio, Dan Collins, Jimmy Collins, Bernard DeMember, John 'Sailor' Devlin, Mark DiLemore, Fred Dudl, Harold Dunn, John Ellison, Tom Feeney, Eugene Golden, Leo Guinane, Stan Gush, Claude Howe, Uri Jennings, Edward Kennedy, John Lidds, Bill Loftus, Lt. William Maloney, William Manning, Paul McCabe, Tony Mechalke, Bill Merrick, Jack O'Connor, Chick O'Neill, Wilbur Reid, Frank Rolles, Walter Rudnick, Joe Slaven, Jimmy Smith, John Strong, Bud Towner, Erwin Weaver, Tom Whitford, Ken Weidenbunner.Photographs4704
This folder contains: (3) Miller's Pond; (12) unidentified house with very nicely landscaped yard,stream with large rocks,no date or locale; a pen& ink sketch labeled "A typical ark"; catalpa tree,1910; small table on sidewalk, circa 1920's; decorated table in a window; foundry.Photographs4705
This folder contains the following New York State Reformatory images: exterior of the Elmira Reformatory, front view, circa 1900-1911 (18); Mr. Brockway, Superintendent 1876-1900,reviewing marchers (3); Mr. Brockway; foreign visitors in front of original Super's home; Reformatory staff & guards; views of the exterior of the Reformatory, rear view (7); Reformatory interior (6)including 3 offices, 2 armory and one auditorium; 1928 Reformatory tour group; officers and guards, 1939, with names; advanced guard training group, 1942 ; inmates arriving at main entrance, 1950; Doctors, Superintendents & staff (14); Ernfred Anderson creating a two inmate statue for the Reformatory,cast in 1949 (7); interior view of cell block; photos of new prison (6); Dan Damon,Superintendent; 1979 strike (7).Photographs4706
This folder contains the following Woodlawn National Cemetery images: wooden grave markers in Confederate section of Woodlawn before permanent stones were placed (6); statue erected by Daughters of Confederacy, 1936, and dedication ceremony (3); 2 Sons of the Confederacy memorial services, 1946 (2); Daughters of the Confederacy ceremony, 1961 (7); monument placed by U.S. Gov't for Confederate graves (4); Woodlawn, 1905 (5); gravestones in Woodlawn National Cemetery, no dates (40); cemetery chapel at Woodlawn (2); Memorial Day at Woodlawn, no date (3); cemetery mausoleum,and two Victorian era statues (3); Shohola monument to Union soldiers killed in train wreck while transporting CSA prisoners (3);Gettysburg Address monument re-dedication, 1988 (18); Elmira Prison Camp Monument dedication (13); main entrance to cemetery; unused cemetery land.Photographs4801
This folder contains the following cemetery images: Second Street Cemetery, 1950 (5); 2nd Street cemetery sign (2); scenes in Woodlawn Cemetery (8); cemetery at Church & Main, Elmira,now Wisner Park (6); Woodlawn National Cemetery (11); main Woodlawn entrance (2); John Fasset grave,2nd St Cemetery; Col. Hendy's grave, Woodlawn (2); figurine monuments in Woodlawn; Steuben/Chemung line marker; Jewish Cemetery (17); Big Flats cemeteries including Miller (4); Soldiers Monument in Millport Cemetery (6); Eliza Ryerson stone, 2nd St Cemetery; North Chemung Cemetery; Matthew McConnell stone at Brees(Barbour)Cemetery; Baptist Church & cemetery, Wellsburg (2); main driveway in Woodlawn; L.B. LeQuenx stone; Fitzsimmons Cemetery (4); Charles W. Sweet stone, 2nd St Cemetery; St Peter & Paul's Cemetery (4); Riverside Cemetery (3); cemetery plot on the Baldwin Farm, legend on back; stone of Israel Brigg in Big Flats cemetery; view of Woodlawn; "Drummerboy" Van Susen monument, Maple Ave Horseheads Cemetery; Scotchtown Cemetery (2); The Knoll in Lowman; First Settler in Big Flats marker; R.R.Goff stone, Coopers Corners Cemetery, 1939.Photographs4802
This folder contains the following images of monuments and markers: WWI Victory Arch on Main Street, 1919; WWI Chemung County Servicemen's Monument in Wisner Park, 1919; Sullivan's Monument; Rev. Roswell Goff plaque; Riverside Park statuary; Horseheads boulder; Elmira Reformatory statue; Newtown Battlefield marker; Vietnam and Korea Veteran's monument; Treaty of Painted Post marker; Pulaski Park marker; Millport Cemetery canon; WWII monument in Wisner Park; assorted Chemung County Historic Markers; Misc. headstones and grave markers.Photograph4901
This folder contains the following Steele Memorial Library images: a pen &ink sketch of the proposed new library; laying the library corner stone, c. 1895; Market & Lake St bldg; Library dedication at Church & Lake c. 1925; (2) Church & Lake Streets library; (2) old library second floor; interior of original library at Market & Lake; Library fountain, 1967; interior Mechanics Library; ground breaking for new library at Church & Clemens Center Parkway, 1978; (2) new Library construction; new library opening, 1980; new Steele Memorial Library. Photographs4902
This folder contains: small photos of Chemung County employees, 4 in color and 2 B&W.Photographs5001
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