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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
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; February 8, 1942. ProgramQ1801
Program - Southside Baptist Church Fiftieth Anniversary Services; January 9, 1944. ProgramQ1802
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; June 1, 1947.ProgramQ1803
Document - List of Deaconesses at Southside Baptist Church; November 1951.DocumentQ1901
Booklet - Pledge Challenge for the Building Fund of Southside Baptist Church; 1951.BookletQ1902
Document - Photograph of Southside Baptist Church and sketch of proposed addition to the church; March 1952.DocumentQ1903
Card - Card with a photograph of Southside Baptist Church; 1953.CardQ1904
Program - Southside Baptist Church Missionary Society Program; 1952-1953.ProgramQ1905
Document - Southside Baptist Church list of Officers; 1952-1953.DocumentQ1906
Program - Southside Baptist Church Ground Breaking Ceremony for Church School Addition; April 12, 1953.ProgramQ1907
Invitation - Southside Baptist Church Sixtieth Anniversary; January 10,1954.InvitationQ1908
Program - Southside Baptist Church Sixtieth Anniversary and Dedication of Educational Building; January 12, 1954.ProgramQ1909
Manuscript - "What is Going on in the World Now?" by Reverend C. Wellington Hardy of Southside Baptist Church; June 14, 1953.ManuscriptQ1910
Program - Southside Baptist Church, Laying the Cornerstone for the Church School Addition; June 14, 1953.ProgramQ1911
Pamphlet - Elmira Council of Churches Camp for Juniors; 1953.PamphletQ1912
Program - Southside Baptist Church Sixtieth Anniversary and Service of Dedication of the Educational Building; January 10 and 12, 1954. ProgramQ1913
Program - Southside Baptist Church Sixtieth Anniversary; January 12, 1954.ProgramQ1914
Documents - Questions and answers regarding use of the new building addition at Southside Baptist Church; January 20, 1954.DocumentsQ1915
Letter - Letter from Council of Churches for Elmira and Vicinity President, C. Philip Torrance to local church pastors regarding the Council's stance on legalizing Bingo; February 3, 1955.LetterQ1916
Letter - Letter from Southside Baptist Church Clerk, Mary Ripley to the Council of Churches of Chemung County and to New York State Council of Churches regarding the church's opposition to gambling and Bingo; March 14, 1955.LetterQ1917
Resolution - Council of Churches of Chemung County resolves to take an aggressive stand against gambling, lotteries, and games of chance; October 7, 1954.ResolutionQ1918
Budget - Southside Baptist Church estimated budget; 1954-1955.BudgetQ1919
Invitation - Loyalty Dinner presented by the Progress Program Group of Southside Baptist Church; September 28, 1954.InvitationQ1920
Document - Southside Baptist Church American Baptist Day of Prayer list of prayers; December 3, 1954.DocumentQ1921
Program - Leadership Training Institute for Chemung River Baptist Association presented at Southside Baptist Church; November 18, 1955.ProgramQ1922
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