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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
Program - Semi-Annual Convention of the Chemung County Union of Christian Endeavor; October 28, 1899.ProgramQ1003
Post Card - Featuring Southside Baptist Church, Reverend Delos E. Abrams, and Amos W. Parsons; 1900s.Post CardQ1101
Pamphlet - Y.P.S.C.E. of Southside Baptist Church; 1900s.PamphletQ1102
Invoice - Benedict's Manufacturers of High Grade Confectionary, sold to Southside Baptist Church; 1900s.InvoiceQ1103
Meeting Minutes - Excerpt of minutes from the Chemung River Baptist Association; 1903.Meeting MinutesQ1104
Pamphlet - Y.P.S.C.E. of Southside Baptist Church; 1906.PamphletQ1105
Correspondence - Letter from Reverend Claude Langford to Mr. Havens; November 7, 1906.CorrespondenceQ1106
Pamphlet - Y.P.S.C.E. of Southside Baptist Church; 1907.PamphletQ1107
Card - Southside Baptist Church card including a Christmas and New Year's blessing; 1907.CardQ1108
Certificate - The Gillett Baptist Church certifies the purchase of a share of a fund for church property by Southside Baptist Church; 1900s.CertificateQ1109
Invoice - Frank A. Beach of High-Class Printing, sold to Southside Baptist Church; November 28, 1913.InvoiceQ1201
Bond Certificate - Southside Baptist Church bond; August 1, 1913.Bond CertificateQ1202
Pamphlet - Covenant from Southside Baptist Church, signed by Clifford B. June; 1910s.PamphletQ1203
Invoice - C.M. Rhoades, Baker, sold to Southside Baptist Church; April 26, 1920s.InvoiceQ1301
History - Southside Baptist Church history; January 18, 1920.HistoryQ1302
Ticket - Southside Baptist Church Brotherhood and Sisterhood Supper.TicketQ1303
Program - Southside Baptist Church Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Service; January 18, 1920.ProgramQ1304
Outline - Outline of New World Movement Program, The General Board of Promotion of the Northern Baptist Convention; 1921.OutlineQ1305
Envelope - Tither's Association of Southside Baptist Church; 1922-1923.EnvelopeQ1306
Envelope - Southside Baptist Church envelope.EnvelopeQ1307
Letter - Southside Baptist Sunday School enquiring about the absence of a student.LetterQ1308
Program - Southside Baptist Church order of Service; November 16, 1924.ProgramQ1309
Constitution - Southside Baptist Church; 1925.ConstitutionQ1310
Letter - From The American Baptist Publication Society to Mr. B.J. Mosher regarding the cost of "The Gist of the Lesson"; March 6, 1925.LetterQ1311
Letter - From H. Whalen to Brother Mosher at Southside Baptist Church to confirm a date; January 12, 1925.LetterQ1312
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