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Collection TitleCL 30 Richard Seem CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:4/8/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Richard Seem in 1993.

Clubs; Elmira (N.Y.); Newspaper publishing; Scrapbooks


Richard Seem- Richard Seem was born in Elmira, NY on April 20, 1915.  He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1933 and from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Finance in 1937.  A month later, he began work at the Elmira Star-Gazette as an advertisement salesman.  During WWII, he left the paper to serve in the United States Navy and, in 1942 he married Margaret Osmun of Horseheads while on leave.  After the war, he returned to the Star-Gazette, this time as the retail advertisement manager.  He went on to serve as the papers business manager and chief accountant until he retired in June 1977.  Outside of work, Seem was active in the Elmira Rotary Club which he joined in 1952.  From 1960 to 1961, he served as the president of that organization.


The Richard Seem Collection contains three scrapbooks about Elmira from early 1900's and 1940's.  It also includes documents relating to Richard Seem's term as president of the Elmira Rotary Club from 1960 to 1961, various newspaper clippings ranging in date from 1939 to 1964, letters by Frank Tripp and a small collection of bills and receipts dating from 1886 to 1928.

Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1873-1972
AbstractThis collection contains scrapbooks about Elmira, Rotary Club documents, newspaper clippings and various documents relating to the Star-Gazette.   

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
William Fraser's receipt for City Taxes for 1900, paid July 26, 1900. Receipt20412
William Fraser's receipt for City Taxes for 1902, paid July 31, 1902. Receipt20413
William Frasier's receipt from March 8, 1893. Receipt20414
Laura Fraser's receipt from Dewey-Kimmball Company, Inc., December 7, 1915. Receipt20415
E.F. Osmun's receipt for payment of dues to the Elmira Automobile Club, August 10, 1917. Receipt20416
E.F. Osmun's receipt from the Standard Oil Co. of New York, June 14, 1919. Receipt20417
Letter from George B. Carter to the president of the Thursday Morning Musicales, October 5, 1921. Letter20418
Order form for Earl F. Osmun's new Dodge coupe, April 14, 1923. Document20419
Earl Osmun's bill from the Elmira Water, Light and Railroad Co., November 30, 1926. Bill20420
Earl F. Osmun's bill from the Elmira Arms Company, July 5, 1927. Bill20421
Earl Osmun's bill for Williamson Co., March 1, 1928. Bill20422
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings from the Elmira Star-Gazette, 1951-1963. Newspaper Clippings20500
Articles by Frank Tripp from the Elmira Star-Gazette, 1940-1964. Newspaper Clippings20600
Letter from Frank Tripp to the Star-Gazette Pioneers, September 9, 1951.Letter20701
Qualifications of good newspapermen, March 1954. Document20702
Letter from Frank Tripp regarding the qualifications of good journalists, April 5, 1954. Letter20703
Letter from Frank Tripp to the Gannett Editors, March 22, 1956. Letter20704
Letter from Harry Elwood to Richard Seem, August 6, 1962. Letter20705
Letter and survey about journalism sent by Frank Tripp to various newspapers, no date.Letter20706
Photo of the bear at Eldridge Park, no date. Photograph20801
Souvenir Mail Card with views of Elmira, 1905. Postcard20802
Chester Anderson's pay stubs from the Elmira Star-Gazette, 1921. Documents20803
Blue Star, newsletter for Star-Gazette employees serving with the Armed Forces, June 1945. Newsletter20804
List of proofreader's marks. Document20805
Essay on the history of the Elmira Star-Gazette from 1937 to 1972. Document20806
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