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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
Contract - Southside Baptist Church Pastor Agreement; January 11, 2004.ContractO3204
Document - Southside Baptist Church Assistant Minister in Christian Education and Youth Work job description.DocumentO3205
Documents - Southside Baptist Church Organ Fund Committee documents; December 1956-1993.DocumentsO3301
Scrapbook - Scrapbook of the life of Reverend Herbert Punchard, Sr.ScrapbookO3401
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church; Members and church events.PhotographsP0000
Annual Reports - Southside Baptist Church; 1977-1980.Annual ReportsP0000
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Board of Deacons; 1972-1979.Meeting MinutesP0000
Meeting minutes - Southside Baptist Church Board of Trustees; 1983-1985.Meeting MinutesP0000
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church; members and church events.PhotographsP0000
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church members, events, and building.PhotographsP0101
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church members and events.PhotographsP0201
Floor Plans - Southside Baptist Church sanctuary floor plans; 1963.Floor PlansQ0101
Constitution and By-Laws - Southside Baptist Church.Constitution and By-LawsQ0201
History - Southside Baptist Church histories; 1895-1987.HistoryQ0301
Membership lists - Southside Baptist Church Inactive Membership List; 1931-1960.Membership ListQ0401
Membership List - Southside Baptist Church members; 1967.Membership ListQ0402
Membership List - Southside Baptist Church deceased members.Membership ListQ0403
Directory - Southside Baptist Church Member Directory; 1967, 1978, 1981, 1995.DirectoryQ0404
Newspaper Clippings - Southside Baptist Church events and members in the newspaper; 1923-2000s.Newspaper ClippingsQ0501
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church building photographs; 1950s-1990.PhotographsQ0601
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church Pastors and staff; 1898-1992.PhotographsQ0701
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church youth groups including Adventure Club, Boy's Brigade, and others.PhotographsQ0801
Photographs - Southside Baptist Church groups including Sunday School, choir, and others.Photographs Q0901
Program - Southside Baptist Church Dedication; 1896.ProgramQ1001
Booklet - Southside Baptist Church booklet including church history and a message from the pastor and deacons; 1890s.BookletQ1002
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