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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.

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Collection TitleMC 38 Rufus Stanley CollectionCreator
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Typed, two pages: notice of the third annual meting of the Stanley Memorial Association, on August 21, 1955.DocumentA0301
Typed list of Stanley Memorial Association Members, 384 names, August 1956.DocumentA0401
Hand written letter (rough draft)to "the boys and girls"(assumed to be) by Rufus Stanley, dated "Florida, January 1026.DocumentA0601
Document: eight pages, hand written, a speech or article, by Rufus Stanley(not signed), about boys' clubs,etc., written on the back of. "Co-operative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics,State of New York" forms(Blank).DocumentA0604
Document: hand written, four pages, "Giving City Boys a Chance",by Rufus Tanner.DocumentA0605
Document: typed two pages by Rufus Stanley with reminsces about his life in Elmira upon "entering the "third stage" after forty years.DocumentA0606
Document: typed two pages, dated May 6, 1923, about one of his(Rufus Stanley) first hikes from Elmira to Watkins in 1886, things seen along the way and the changes over the years.DocumentA0608
Document: typed three page speech given by Clark Wilcox, County Historian to the Sertoma Club on July 2, 1956, about Rufus Stanley, his philosophy and his life.SpeechA0609
A short speech about work being an important part of a boy's development given in the "Rotary Room", March 19th, no year.SpeechA0610
Speech given by Rufus Stanley in 1902 at the Park Church titled "The City Boy", eight typed pages. Appears to be another copy (original?) heavily "edited".SpeechA0612
Typed eight plus pages, a speech/letter by Rufus Stanley, titled" The Boy and Schools of Yesterday and Tomorrow", no date.DocumentA0701
Two one page "short stories:(?), "A Startling Experience" and"our Homes" by Rufus StanleyDocumentsA0702
Letter(part of)+: printed heading:"Williams College, Department of Philosophy,Williamstown, Mass."signed "Jambres"(James Pratt?) with regrets that he could not attend the(Rambling Klub?) reunion. Presumably written to Rufus Stanley, no date.LetterA0702
Typed list of members of the "Elmira Newsboys Club", no date.ListA0703
Letter on B.S. of A. letterhead, dated March 7, 1939 to Albert Hoefer, Ithaca from O.H. Benson,National Director of Rural Scouting, re sharing "material" about Rufus Stanley. Liberty H>. Bailey was also mentioned in regard to youth work in N.Y.S.LetterA0704
Letter: dated February 2, 1954 from "Molly" to "Alma" regarding gathering information about Rufus Stanley's "Achievement Club".LetterA0705
Letters(2):one from Frederic H. Hill to Dr. Levy of Cornell University, dated January 31, 1948, asking about recognition of Mr. Stanley's achievements. he typed reply is dated February 10, 1948 from Ellen W. Gabriel,Editorial Assistant.LettersA0707
Typed memo dated April 14, 1958, recalling Stanley's involvement with the Boy Scouts, how his "Achievement Club" goals were similar to the Scouts. MemoA0708
Hand written on a letter dated June 10, 1920,addressed to Stanley,appears to be an unfinished story about a poor city to country boy named Joe.DocumentA0709
Broadcast dialogue on WENY, dated August 3, 1956 with Edna Bartlett & Clak Wilcox, Chemung County Historian, about the life and times of Rufus Stanley.Three typed pages.Broadcast DialogueA0711
A dedication given at the unveiling of the Rufus Stanley Memorial, June 14, 1959DedicationA0712
Membership List: Stanley Memorial Association, no date, eight typed pages.Membership ListA0713
Letter: dated September 8, 1960 from Glen MacMillen,County 4-H Club Agent to William Cooper, Elmira, asking if he would like the "Achievement Club" momentos enclosed in the letter & to return them if not.LetterA0714
Miniature booklet with string attached pencil. Souvenir:"Twentieth Annual Trip of Chemung County Achievement Club Champions to Washington, D.C.", April 10-14, 1925.Has autographs and notes on the trip.BookletA0715
Letter dated July 23, 1886, from Susan L. Crane to Rufus Stanley.thanking him for the photograph of Quarry Farm he took,and inviting he & his club to picnic at Quarry Farm.LetterA0716
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