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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
Letter - From H. Whalen of First Baptist Church, Greensburg, Pennsylvania to Herbert Crayton; December 27, 1924.LetterQ1313
Letter - From H. Whalen at First Baptist Church of Greenburg, Pennsylvania to Mr. Mosher at Southside Baptist Church; January 7, 1925.LetterQ1314
Program - J. Harry Campbell, Tenor presented by Southside Baptist Church; November 4, 1926.ProgramQ1315
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; March 14, 1926.ProgramQ1316
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; March 28, 1926.ProgramQ1317
Newsletter - "The Message", Southside Baptist Church; May 1926.NewletterQ1318
Envelope - Subscription to Progress Fund, Southside Baptist Church; December 4, 1926.EnvelopeQ1319
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; September 11, 1927.Program Q1320
Newsletter - "The Chemung River Missionary News"; January, 1927.NewsletterQ1321
Letter - From The Trustees of Southside Baptist Church to members regarding the Progress Fund; November 18, 1927.LetterQ1322
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; September 9, 1928.ProgramQ1323
Invoices - The Commercial Press, sold to Southside Baptist Church; December 1928.InvoicesQ1324
Invoice - Fiester Mailing Bureau, sold to Southside Baptist Church; December 8, 1928.InvoiceQ1325
Invoices - Elmira Star-Gazette, Inc. sold to Southside Baptist Church; 1928-1929.InvoicesQ1326
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; October 12, 1930.ProgramQ1401
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; December 21, 1930.ProgramQ1402
Flyer - Union Sunday Evening Services of Churches of Southside Elmira schedule; Summer 1936.FlyerQ1403
Program - Southside Baptist Church Covenant Service; September 13, 1936.ProgramQ1404
Budget - Southside Baptist Church budget; 1937-1938.BudgetQ1405
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; January 9, 1938.ProgramQ1406
Memo - From Reverend Hardy at Southside Baptist Church to members regarding Homecoming Day; September 22, 1938.MemoQ1407
Document - List of Committee members for Home Coming Day; 1938.DocumentQ1408
Program - Southside Baptist Church Home Coming Service; October 9, 1938.ProgramQ1409
Document - List of members, dropped members, and departed members from Southside Baptist Church; 1939.DocumentQ1410
Reports - Southside Baptist Church financial reports; 1938-1939.ReportsQ1411
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