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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
Document - List of new members of Southside Baptist Church ; April 6, 1939.DocumentQ1412
Invoice - Morrisons Interior Decorating and Home Furnishings, sold to Southside Baptist Church; August 30, 1939.InvoiceQ1413
Invoice - H.J. Sheehe Sales Company, sold to Southside Baptist Church; August 12, 1939.InvoiceQ1414
Invoice - Edgcomb's, sold to Southside Baptist Church; September 6, 1939.InvoiceQ1415
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; December 31, 1939.ProgramQ1416
Sheet Music - "The Finger Lakes Disaster of 1935", words and music by Larry Armstrong.Sheet MusicQ1417
Programs - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; January 7, 1940-December 29, 1940.ProgramsQ1501
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; January5, 1941-December 31, 1941.ProgramQ1601
Program - Chemung River Baptist Association Annual Meeting; September 18-19, 1940.ProgramQ1701
Document - "Our Family Album"; Woman's American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, featuring Miss Mary Thompson, Miss Charlotte Purssell, Miss Dorothy Dowell, Miss Julia Parrott, Miss Lena Benjamin, M.D., Miss Dorothea Witt, M.D.; September 1940.DocumentQ1702
Letter - Letter from Southside Baptist Church Sunday School Superintendent Spencer Covell to student parents regarding increase in attendance; November 23, 1940.LetterQ1703
Letter - Letter from Southside Baptist Church Pastor's Bonus Committee to church members regarding donations for a bonus for the pastor; December 4, 1940.LetterQ1704
Document - Document listing Southside Baptist Church officials and an adopted three year program; 1940-1941.DocumentQ1705
Annual Reports - Southside Baptist Church meeting reports; 1940-1940.Annual ReportsQ1706
Letter - Letter from a missionary named Ethel to her family; September 1941.LetterQ1707
Letter - Letter from a missionary named Ethel to her family; 1941.LetterQ1708
Letter - From a missionary named Ethel to Mrs. Mellen; October 1941.LetterQ1709
Newsletter - "The Baptist Newsette" Southside Baptist Church Sunday School; February 16, 1941; April 20, 1941.NewsletterQ1710
Letter - Letter from Carl Holly to Miss Esther Griswold and Christian Endeavor thanking them for the care package; November 18, 1942.LetterQ1711
Letter - Letter from Harold Covell to Christian Endeavor members; March 28, 1943.LetterQ1712
Letter - Letter from missionary Ethel Nichols to her family about Christmas festivities; December 1943.LetterQ1713
Placemat - 50th Anniversary placemat.PlacematQ1714
Letter - Letter from Southside Baptist Church to church members regarding Vacation Bible School; July 14, 1948.LetterQ1715
Letter - Leter from Reverend William Allen to Reverend C.W. Hardy accepting an invitation to Southside Baptist Church 50 Years Anniversary; December 7, 1943.LetterQ1716
Constitution and By-Laws - Southside Baptist Church; April 1948.Constitution and By-LawsQ1717
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