Join Our Mailing List

Please enter your email address below.

Manuscript Library

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.

The Manuscript Index is arranged alphabetically by collection name.  To access a finding aid, please click on its name.

To search the Manuscript Index for a specific research topic, please enter the term into the Search Library Box below. 

Please keep in mind that many collections have not been inventoried while others are currently in progress.  If you have any questions regarding the Finding Aids or the Index, please contact the archivist at

Collection TitleCL 14 Breesport County HomeCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards
Date Completed:May 24, 2007
Date Updated:March 3, 2008
Provenance:The Breesort County Home Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Thomas Santulli in 2007. 
Terms:Aged--Government policy; Aged--Health and hygiene; Aged--Institutional care; Aged--Services for; Chemung County (N.Y.); Old age homes

The Breesport County Home began in 1837 when the Board of Supervisors purchased 178  acres of land in the town of Breesport to be used as a home for vagrants and orphans.  In 1868, it was re-designated as a home for the aged and infirm.  Since then there have been various additions to the original property to meet the institution's growing needs.  The infirmary came first in 1888 and was later expanded in 1913.  In 1902, an administrative building was constructed and, in 1933, a two-story brick hospital wing was built. 

During the 20th century, the Home's population began to steadily rise until 1958, when it had reached its saturation point.  At this point, the Council of Community Services Nursing Home Study Committee began to urge the construction of an entirely new facility.  In 1960, a Health Planning Committee was established to look into the proposal and in July 1971, the Breeseport County Home was closed and its residence transferred to the new, fully modern, facilities in Heritage Park. 

Scope:The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, correspondence and articles relating to the Home.  These items range in date from 1940 to 1972, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960's.  The earlier parts of the collection focus primarily on the day to day administrative needs of the Home, while later sections concern the County's need for a newer facility. 


Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1940-1972

The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, letters and articles regarding the County Home and Infirmary, including information on the construction of the Heritage Park.

Filter by:
TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Addition to an Inventory Report for 1941, no month.DocumentsA0201
Appointment letter from the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Security Administration to Harry Hillman, dated July 5, 1941 appointing Mr. Hillman as a member of the Farm Security Advisory Council for Chemung County.LetterA0202
FSA Instruction 403.1 Stae and County Committeemen - General explaining about the Farm Security Advisory Council.DocumentsA0203
Letter from Harry A. Hillman to George T. McGowan, Internal Revenue Service Department dated July 15, 1941 regarding information from a letter dated June 1, 1941 about an officialy claiming exemption from registration and tax and who is responsible for the purchase of narcotics.LetterA0204
Letter from Harry A. Hillman to George T. McGowan dated July 8, 1942 confirming that he is the Commissioner of Public Welfare and Superintendent of the County Home.LetterA0301
Article regarding the 101st birthday of Mrs. Elizabeth Shalliday, resident of the County Home, Star-Gazette, August 19, 1958.ArticleA0302
Letter from Harry A. Hillman to Joseph F. Kienzle dated May 8, 1942 regarding intake policies and procedures for the County Home and Infirmary. Attached is a copy of the letter and a letter dated May 4, 1942 from Mr. Kienzle to Mr. Hillman asking about the intake policies and procedures.LetterA0303
Letter from S. J. Smith, County Assistant in Conservation, dated October 26, 1943 offering conservation superphosphate for use under the 1944 Program.LetterA0401
Document regarding Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics and Dairy Records, dated August 1943.DocumentsA0402
Form NER-415 - Notice of 1940 Agricultural Conservation Program (For Allotment Farms) received March 9, 1940.FormA0403
Letter from Harry A. Hillman to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, dated January 17, 1944 regarding an application for a truck license.LetterA05
County Farm Memorandum dated March 10, 1948 from Mr. A. Lyman Wright to Mr. Anson Saunders regarding "Building Superintendent Inspection".MemoA0601
Letter from Harry Hillman to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles regarding an application for registration of a Stewart truck, dated January 12, 1946.LetterA0602
Letter from Harry Hillman to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles regarding an application for a truck, dated January 19, 1945.LetterA0603
Letter from Harry Hillman to Chicago Watchclock Corporation dated December 21, 1946 regarding a relief clock. Attached is a letter from the Chicago Watchclock Corp. dated December 16, 1946, a letter to the Chicago Watchclock Corporation dated July 20, 1943, a letter from the Chicago Watchclock Corp dated July 13, 1943 and July 1, 1943, a letter to the Chicago Watchclock Corp dated June 21, 1943, a letter from the Chicago Watchclock Corp dated June 17, 1943, a letter to the Chicago Watchclock Corp dated January 10, 1941 and a letter from the Chicago Watchclock Corp dated September 9, 1940.LetterA0604
Letter from Harry A. Hillman to Mr. G. Earle Personius, Commissioner Broome County Public Welfate Dept., dated March 31, 1947 regarding meals served at the county home.LetterA0701
Letter from Mr. G. Earle Personius, Commissioner Broome County Public Welfate Dept. to Harry Hillman dated March 17, 1947 regarding changing menues.LetterA0702
Letter from A. Lyman Wright, Department of Public Welfare to Tracy Bushnell, Supt. Maintenance & Construction dated August 3, 1948 regarding the construction of a new building at the County Farm and elminiation of several smaller buildings.LetterA0801
Inter-Office Memorandum from A. Lyman Wright to Paul Broxholm dated July 26, 1949 regarding a check.MemoA0802
Letter from L. P. Breese of Breese Farm Dairy to the Chemung County Farm Committee dated March 8th 1948 regarding inspection of the heard. Attached is a letter from A Lyman Wright to George A. Sydney dated March 1, 1948 and a letter from George Sydney to Roscoe C. Beebe dated March 1, 1948.LetterA0803
Report - Department of Public Welfare, Chemung County, Long-Term Program and Implementation of the Long Term Program.ReportA0804
Inventory of the Farm dated February 1, 1948.ReportA0805
Letter from George F. Pickle & Sons to the Commissioner of Welfate dated March 29, 1949 regarding refrigeration equipment.LetterA0806
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Elmer J. Hoffman dated April 9, 1948 regarding the operation of the laundry at the farm. Attached is a letter to Mr. Hoffman dated March 23, 1948 and a letter to Don Wright, Inc dated March 22, 1948.LetterA0807
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Mr. Tracy J. Bushnell dated September 17, 1948 regarding lining hot water tanks. Attached is a letter to Harry F. Miers dated September 16, 1948.LetterA0808
<<First  <<Previous  Next>>  Last>>

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Gallery Hours

Monday - Saturday 10a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Research Room:

Monday - Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Research Fee: $5.00 per day for non-members
Free to members of the Society and students

The Museum Shop:

Open during regular gallery hours.


Chemung County Historical Society
415 E. Water Street
Elmira, NY 14901

Contact Us:

Phone: (607) 734-4167
Email us:

Connect With Us:

Facebook Our Blog Tumblr History Pin


$5.00 - Adults
$3.00 - Senior Citizens (over 55)
$1.00 - Students (6-18)
FREE - Children Under 5
FREE - Members of the CCHS

Group Tours Call For An Appointment

We are wheelchair accessible
©2018 Chemung County Historical Society. All Rights Reserved. Website Design by inCommand Technologies