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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
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church; August 27, 1986.NewsletterQ2312
Program - Southside Baptist Church A Tribute to Bruce and Pauline Cummings; October 26, 1986.ProgramQ2313
Newsletter - The Baptist New Yorker, featuring Southside Baptist Church pastor Bruce Cummings; December 1986.NewsletterQ2314
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church; December 17, 1986.NewsletterQ2315
Card - Christmas card from Bruce and Pauline Cummings; 1986.CardQ2316
Letter - From Bruce Cummings concerning the baptism of Denise Hall; January 3, 1987.LetterQ2317
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church; January 7, 1987.NewsletterQ2318
Report - Architectural interventions at Southside Baptist Church, prepared by Allan B. Dailey; March 1987.ReportQ2319
Letter - Letter from the pulpit Search Committee to Southside Baptist Church members regarding a new pastor; August 20, 1987.LetterQ2320
Letter - From Pastor Russ Hartley to Southside Baptist Church Members and Friends regarding his new role at the church; October 1987.LetterQ2321
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; November 1, 1987.ProgramQ2322
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church; November 10, 1987.NewsletterQ2323
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; December 6, 1987.ProgramQ2324
Document - Proclamation of "Minnie Carpenter Day" in honor of Minnie Carpenter's 100th birthday; January 24, 1988.DocumentQ2325
Letter - Letter from Assemblyman George H. Winner to Minnie T. Carpenter in honor of her 100th birthday; January 24, 1988.LetterQ2326
Invitation - Invitation to 100th birthday party for Minnie Carpenter; January 24, 1988.InvitationQ2327
Letter - Letter from Carol Wells Shepard of the Near Westside Neighborhood Association to Southside Baptist Church asking for a church history; February 21, 1989.LetterQ2328
Report - Pastor's Annual Report, page one; 1989.ReportQ2329
History - History of Southside Baptist Church including structure additions and renovations; 1989.HistoryQ2330
Program - Sanctuary Renovation Project Kick-Off Dinner at Southside Baptist Church; April 15, 1989.ProgramQ2331
Document - List of problems and possible solutions in regards to sanctuary renovation; 1980s.DocumentQ2332
Program - Southside Baptist Church Cherub and Chancel Choir Dinner and Program.ProgramQ2333
Document - Excerpt from "Feed My Lambs" by Alice Hitchcock, presented during Southside Baptist Church Sunday Service by the Adventure Club; April 8, 1990.DocumentQ2401
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; September 8, 1991.ProgramQ2402
Booklet - Information booklet on Southside Baptist Church; 1991.BookletQ2403
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