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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. 

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This folder contains a photocopied chapter of a book about architectural history in Western history, an article on Christian Churches in the Middle Ages, handwritten notes on various cathedrals, and more chapters about church design in various eras.Article1612
This folder contains a list with the history of various cathedrals in Western Europe.List1613
This folder contains an article about the Thomas-Jencks-Gladding House in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Alsop House in Middletown, Connecticut.Article1614
This folder contains editions of the "Pathfinder" newsletter, for the 459th Bomb Group Association.Newsletter1615
This folder contains articles form "Eclipse News" from 1947 about golf.Newspaper1616
This folder contains a map of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp with explanations, a newspaper clipping about J. Arthur Kieffer giving a lecture on the prison camp, a booklet about the Battle for Fort Sumter, and a newspaper article from the Saturday Evening Post about "Boom Town, Cautious Style."Map1617
This folder contains newspaper articles of various obituaries and articles about individuals who had lived in Elmira. Newspaper1618
This folder contains Bullwinkle & Rocky cartoons from 1971, editions of the Southern Tier Masonic News, a 1931 menu from Hotel Langwell, Number 64 of Fawcett's "Funny Animals," Number 71 of "Giggle Comics," and editions of "The Elmira Plant Tidings."Newspaper1619
This folder contains an essay titled "A History of the City of Elmira, NY" thesis written by Walter Henry Ottman in 1900 to Cornell University.Essay1620
This folder contains essays, newspaper articles, and various papers about horses. Essay1621
This folder contains the minutes of the Chemung County Agriculture Society from December 30, 1890 to March 9, 1929 bound in a book. Book1622
This folder contains the Chemung County Trivia Game, produced by the Chemung Canal Trust Company.Game1701
This folder contains an index card file compilation of Indian names by Harry Kelsey.Index Cards1702
This folder contains editions of the Chemung Historical Journal ranging from 1959 to 2004.Booklet1703
This folder contains booklets from the Elmira Rotary Club about Lee Evans, the Newfield Sesquicentennial from 1972, the Bicentennial Story in Chemung County, a list of skills needed for public history, a newspaper article about history in Boston, and quotes on history. Booklet1801
This folder contains the genealogy of the Streeter family in Elmira, as well as newspaper articles about the family and the company that they created., Streeter Associates.Genealogy1802
This folder contains correspondence to and from J. Arthur Kieffer regarding Bells and the Bicentennial Commission, minutes from a Bicentennial Commission meeting, and a booklet of "Coaches vs. Cancer 2005 Holiday Tournament" with Elmira high schools competing.Correspondence1803
This folder contains newspaper obituaries from the Star-Gazette, a special report on natural gas in the Southern Tier, Volume 24 of the Southern Tier Masonic News, and a newspaper article about the second Civil War cannon sold from the Post-Standard. Newspaper1804
This folder contains minutes, a list of the Board of Directors, schedules, newspaper articles, photographs, correspondence, and various papers about the Chemung County Catholic Youth Organization, of which J. Arthur Kieffer was the President. Minutes1805
This folder contains a booklet about Gettysburg, Volume 15 and 22 of "Pathfinder" Newsletter, and illustrations of maps of Pennsylvania's purchases of Native American property.Booklet1806
This folder contains correspondence between Cindy Amrhein and David Sadler about maps for Livingston County.Correspondence1807
This folder contains articles and speeches by J. Arthur Kieffer.Article1808
This folder contains newsletters from various Catholic churches in Elmira.Newsletter1809
This folder contains a portion of an article about railroads and coal, and a booklet about "Creative Ideas in Action" from Elmira College 1954Article1810
This folder contains a timeline of the 1972 flood in Elmira.Timeline1811
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