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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
Southside Baptist Church Files
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, March 2005-December 2005.NewsletterO1001
Program - Order of Service presented by Southside Baptist Church, February 23, 2003; September 14, 2003; November 26, 2003; November 30, 2003; December 24, 2003.ProgramO1101
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church, January 2006.NewsletterO1201
Boy Scouts of America, Brown Brotherhood, Southside Baptist Church Troop# 38 Charter and application, 1922.DocumentO1301
Meeting Minutes - The Brown Brotherhood of Southside Baptist Church, January 1922-January 1928.MinutesO1401
Documents related to the Brown Brotherhood of Southside Baptist Church including treasurer reports, letters, manuscripts, invoices, and member rolls, 1914-1928.DocumentsO1402
Meeting Minutes - Evening Mission Belles of Southside Baptist Church, June 1966-June 1970.MinutesO1501
Booklets - Baraca Philathea Class of Southside Baptist Church, 1961-1962.BookletsO1601
Charter - Baraca Philathea Class of Southside Baptist Church, December 1962.CharterO1602
Meeting Minutes - Baraca Philethea Class of Southside Baptist Church, 1940-1945.MinutesO1603
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Youth Council, 1994-1996.MinutesO1701
Southside Baptist Church - Wedding Applications: Carolyn Darlene Wright and Terry Wayne Landon; Ann Marie Morris and Daniel Paul Godfrey; Phyllis Smith and Todd Chichester; Lori Jo Madden (Hackett) and Edward James Madden; Elaine Marie Root and William Harold Game; Karen L. Querry and Timothy D. Walburn; Lisa D. Rodabaugh and Allen D. Elliott; Dawn Marie Swithers and Lee Mark Cheney, 1987-1988.Wedding ApplicationO1801
State of New York Affidavit, License and Certificate of Marriage: Terry Wayne Landon and Carolyn Darlene Wright, 1988.CertificateO1802
Wedding Programs - Southside Baptist Church: Elaine Root and William Game; Tammy Selleck and Kurt Traub; Thomas and Shawn Muirhead; Lisa Hartman and James Crupi; Sharon Faber and Allen Williams; Tammy Short and James Seymour; Tracy Collins and Byron Owens; Janet Russell and Frank Bierline, III; E. Jean Brown and Claude R. Schrader; Susan Smith and Daniel Tripp; Jennifer Gray and Timothy Vallimont; Shawn and Jennifer Gilchrist, 1988-2004.ProgramsO1901
Documents - Southside Baptist Church wedding bulletin ideas.DocumentsO2001
Programs - wedding services: Karen Winner and Donald Maus; Cynthia Miller and Elwin Goff; Joan Carter and E. Richard Purdy; Dawn Chapin and Bruce Houseknecht; Suzanne Cummings and Philip Kasper; Diane Ward and Gary Williamson; Michael Haro and Lynne Yungtrom; Carol Russell and Gary Jividen; Lois Loux and Gordon Place; Paul Tyler and Helen Resmer; Caryl Holly and Sidney Cammer; Dawn Turner and Stephen Columbare, Sharilyn Reynold and Stephen Taylor; Patricia Strauhs and Frank Buonocore, George Fiedler III and Sally Kaper, Brenda Simpkins and David Scrimshaw; Karen Vieselmeyer and Daniel Panosian; Joanne Walsh and Scott Records; Susan Loomis and David Goodwin; Sherry Rafferty and William Raymond; Mary Rockwell and Paul Balmer; Mary Paul and James Russell; Rex Brand and Linda Shaline; Bonnie Kast and Frederick Scott; Karen HArtman and William Cushman; Karen Wilkinson and James Desrochers; Sandra Hauck and James Stickler; Julie Marvin and John Rogers; Julie Schweizer and Marc Shepherd; Susan Panosian and Dean Frisbie; Kim Mitchell and David Panosian; Linda Holly and Douglas Schuck; Juliene Ward and Robert Batcher; Lisa Peet and Robert Sparling; Sharon Sharp and David Rabian; Pamela Green and Richard Russell; Beth Groezinger and Richard Gerard; Patty Root and MArk Wheaton; Tracy Chappell and Kevin McCarthy; Cynthia Chamberlain and William Jackson; Kelly Butler and Dale Smith; Vicki Pruyne and Gregory Erway; Ratricia Ehman and Jeremy Cranmer, 1970-2004.ProgramsO2002
Notifications of Marriage: Ida Tice and William Mudock; Bonnie Hawk and Duane Collins; Rebecca Woodhouse and Mardin James; H. Barkara Lanza and William Turner; Bonnie Bergrim; Sharon Vanderpool and William Griffin; Nicole Robinson and William VanAlstyne,1969-1983.NotificationO2101
Documents - Southside Baptist Church - Miscellaneous documents regarding weddings, including sample services, prayers, wedding applications, and music.DocumentsO2201
Annual Reports - Southside Baptist Church, 1971-1979.Annual ReportsO2301
Annual Reports - Southside Baptist Church, 1980-1989.Annual ReportsO2401
Annual Reports - Southside Baptist Church, 1990-1999.Annual ReportsO2501
Annual Reports - Southside Baptist Church, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009.Annual ReportsO2601
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Board of Deacons; 1931-1941.Meeting MinutesO2701
Ledger - Southside Baptist Church Deaconesses' Treasurer's Book; 1980-2001.LedgerO2801
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Deaconesses; 2001-2005.Meeting MinutesO2901
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