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Collection TitleMC 34 Elmira City GovernmentCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByCaitlin Kenney, Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:Summer 2010
Date Updated:March 2016
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by various individuals. 
Terms:City planning; Elmira (N.Y.); Municipal government; Urban renewal
Historical:Elmira - The town of Elmira was originally founded in the late 1700s under the name Newtown.  The name was officially changed to Elmira in 1808.  The city of Elmira was incorporated in 1864 and serves as the County Seat for Chemung County.  The town of Elmira lies to the east and west of the city. 
Scope:The Elmira Collection contains official city documents including budgets; department reports; zoning ordinances; government publications; and misc. official documents. 
Extent1 linear feet
Date Span1840s-present

This collection contains government records, histories and documents relating to the town and city of Elmira, New York.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Agendas - City Planning Commission Agendas: February 7, March 7, April 4, June 6, July 11, August 1, October 3, 1990.AgendasA0901
Petition to the Mayor & Common Council of the City of Elmira regarding a dyke in the 9th Ward, August 21, 1913.DocumentA1001
Agreement between a group of citizens to pay for the cost of retaining a lawyer to fight the zoning variance at 104 Chemung Place, 1927, with attached receipts. DocumentA1002
Petitions and correspondence relating to a zoning variance issued to the Hygeia Co. at 104 West Chemung Place, 1942-1946. DocumentsA1003
Meter bills from the Elmira Water Board issued to Mrs. M. Shay (1919); Charles O' Hanlon (1925); Julia Brooks (1926, 1946, 1957, 1952).BillA1101
Elmira Water Board Summary of Earnings Account & Comparative Balance Sheet, 1934. DocumentA1102
Booklet - The Story of the Water Supply: A Trip Behind Your Water Faucet by the American Water Works Association, distributed by the Elmira Water Board, 1957. BookletA1103
Invitation & Program - Dedication Ceremony for the Elmira Water Board Filtration Plant, August 11, 1971.Invitation & ProgramA1104
Booklet - Elmira Water Board: Delivering Safe Water to Your Home Every Day, 1994.BookletA1105
Letter from the Elmira Water Board regarding rate increases, December 15, 2011. LetterA1106
Newsletter - Elmira Water Board Annual Drinking Water Quality Report: 2002, 2011. NewsletterA1107
Booklets - Annual Report of the City Manager of the City of Elmira: 1946, 1948.BookletsA1201
Manuscript - A Study of the Elmira Charter, 1929.ManuscriptA1301
Scrapbook - Newspaper articles and documents regarding the Elmira Charter, 1933.ScrapbookA1302
Program - Fourth Reception and Entertainment in Honor of August Contingent of Chemung County Servicemen sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for Chemung County Servicemen, September 3, 1942.ProgramA1401
Program - Fifth Reception and Entertainment in Honor of October Contingent of Chemung County Service Men sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for Chemung County Servicemen, October 5, 1942.ProgramA1402
Booklet - Legal Rights of Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families, distributed by the Mayor's Committee for Elmira and Chemung County Service Men, 1943.BookletA1403
Letter from Mayor Emory Strachen to Herbert Hall congratulating him on joining the army and telling him about the Mayor's Committee of Chemung County Service Men, October 1, 1943. LetterA1404
Newsletter - The Jac O' Lantern: Flashes on Chemung County Servicemen, February 14, 1945.NewsletterA1405
Program - Veterans' Appreciation Dinner in Honor of Mayor Emory Strachen and his Committee for Chemung County Servicemen and Women at the Mark Twain Hotel, February 20, 1946.ProgramA1406
Ledger - Attendees at the Luncheons of the Mayor's Committee for Service Men and Women of Elmira & Chemung County, February-December 1945.LedgerA1407
Booklet - Who Pays The Taxes: A City Assessment Roll of the Rich and Poor in Elmira, 1878.BookletA1501
Booklet - Rules and Orders of the Common Council of the City of Elmira, adopted May 17, 1880, also containing all amendments to 1890. BookletA1502
Brochure - Elmira tops the Grade: a brighter future for city assured with Federal Work Program Aid, ca. 1938.BrochureA1503
Program - 29th Annual New York State Conference of Mayors and Other Municipal Officers held in Elmira, New York, June 8-10, 1938.ProgramA1503
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