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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.

The Manuscript Index is arranged alphabetically by collection name.  To access a finding aid, please click on its name.

To search the Manuscript Index for a specific research topic, please enter the term into the Search Library Box below. 

Please keep in mind that many collections have not been inventoried while others are currently in progress.  If you have any questions regarding the Finding Aids or the Index, please contact the archivist at

Collection TitleJAK J. Arthur Kieffer CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
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This folder contains a topographical satellite map of the Chemung River, colorful drawings of canal locks, and images of canal locks used for research for J. Arthur Kieffer's book about the Junction Canal.Image1540
This folder contains portions of the manuscript for "The Junction Canal, written by J. Arthur Kieffer.Manuscript1541
This folder contains an image of Lt. Andrew D. Marshall and Lt. Lee Rayford, both of whom served during WWII.Image1542
This folder contains photocopied images of the Civil War Prison Camp.Image1543
This folder contains a series of articles written by J. Arthur Kieffer in 1999.Articles1544
This folder contains an essay titled "Post Barracks #2" by Carol Morelle.Essay1545
This folder contains images and articles of bells and firefighters.Image1546
This folder contains a series of speeches and essays about freedom.Speeches1547
This folder contains the "American Heritage" journal, Volume 3, published in 1951.Booklet1548
This folder contains photocopied hand drawn cartoons of Howard Zim, and a newspaper article about the Junction Canal.Illustration1549
This folder contains a manuscript of "The Junction Canal" written by J. Arthur Kieffer, a copy of the manuscript on CD, and the images used in the manuscript.Manuscript1550
This folder contains a draft of the preface in "The Junction Canal" by J. Arthur Kieffer as well as the dedication and back cover, newspaper articles about the Underground Railroad, an illustration of the Junction Canal, and an essay about the "Wooden Age" by Brooke Hindel.Draft1551
This folder contains maps of the Junction Canal and Washington Avenue, used for research for J. Arthur Kieffer's book about the Junction Canal.Maps1552
This folder contains a manuscript of "The Junction Canal" by J. Arthur Kieffer with a list of handwritten corrections to the manuscript by Jane Morrow.Manuscript1553
This folder contains newspaper articles about aviation and the Soaring Museum in Chemung County.Newspaper1601
This folder contains a photocopied newspaper clipping titled "Aircraft Pioneers" by Tom Byrne about the first local flights in Elmira.Newspaper1602
This folder contains newspaper articles about Harris Hill, and Volumes 5, 17, and 27 of the National Soaring Museum's Historical Journal.Newspaper1603
This folder contains a list of different places in Chemung County listed on the National Register of Historic Places.List1604
This folder contains Volume 12 of New York Landmarks Conservancy's "Common BOnd" magazine, and photocopied pages from a book about cathedrals.Article1605
This folder contains magazine articles about the Washington National Cathedral, monuments in Turkey, Balmoral, the Crusades, and gothic cathedrals.Magazine1606
This folder contains articles about cathedrals and their construction guilds.Article1607
This folder contains an essay on Byzantine Cathedral, photocopied from a book.Essay1608
This folder contains articles about Romanesque Cathedrals, including the Germanic Lands, maps of Romanesque, Romanesque Scandinavia, Italy, and the British Isles, Chartres Cathedral, and French Cathedrals.Articles1609
This folder contains articles about Master Masons who built cathedrals.Article1610
This folder contains handwritten notes about the Jerusalem Cemetery, gothic architecture, bridges, and christening churches.Notes1611
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