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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
History - Southside Baptist Church formation history.HistoryQ2014
Documents - Various documents regarding the sale and purchase of Southside Baptist Church properties; 1960s.DocumentsQ2015
Documents - Various documents including letters, programs, and invitations regarding Southside Baptist Church 75th Anniversary services; 1969.DocumentsQ2101
Invitation - Invitation to attend 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration; July 16, 1972.InvitationQ2201
Program - Southside Baptist Church Palm Sunday Service; April 15, 1973.ProgramQ2202
Invitation - Invitation to attend the marriage of Mary Williams to Leo Rose, Jr.; August 10, 1974.InvitationQ2203
Receipt - Woman's Christian Temperance Union, received from Mrs. Hazel Wright; October 14, 1974.ReceiptQ2204
Program - Southside Baptist Church order of service; October 20, 1974.ProgramQ2205
Document - Paper stating "Rev. Hardy died Feb. 1975 76 yrs. old".DocumentQ2206
Program - Vacation Bible School Song Sheet; 1977.ProgramQ2207
Documents - Various documents including letters and a resume regarding the hiring and employment of Scott Records; 1978.DocumentsQ2208
Sheet Music - "There Was This Child" by Dennis Holly; 1978.Sheet MusicQ2209
Program - Vacation Bible School Song Sheet; 1979.ProgramQ2210
Document - Nomination for Annual Great American Family Awards Program for the Hartman family.DocumentQ2211
Card - In memory of Gordon Place; December 19, 1980.CardQ2301
Birth Announcement - Nathan William Hill, born to Kay Ann Hill and E. Victor Hill; January 26, 1981.Birth AnnouncementQ2302
Certificate of Baptism - Magnolia Gilbert Felton at Elmira Baptist Church; February 3, 1981.Certificate of BaptismQ2303
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; March 22, 1981.ProgramQ2304
Invitation - 50th Wedding anniversary party of Harold and Marie Root; July 19, 1981.InvitationQ2305
Document - Nominating Committee List of Nominees to be elected for 1982.DocumentQ2306
Policies and Procedures - Southside Baptist Church Sunday School; October 1982.Policies and ProceduresQ2307
Program - Elmira Kiwanis Club presents Elmira Sports Hall of Fame; August 25, 1983.ProgramQ2308
Song Lyrics - "And They Shall Call His Name Jesus" by Alma Hartman; 1984.Song LyricsQ2309
Program - The Community Concert Association presents Empire Brass Quintet; 1984-1984.ProgramQ2310
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; June 29, 1986.ProgramQ2311
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