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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; July 12, 1992.ProgramQ2404
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; August 19, 1992.ProgramQ2405
Document - Information regarding the pipe organ at Southside Baptist Church; September 13, 1992.DocumentQ2406
Program - Organ Recital at Southside Baptist Church; September 13, 1992.ProgramQ2407
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; September 13, 1992.ProgramQ2408
Letter - Letter from Southside Baptist Church Search Committee to church members and friends regarding a pastoral candidate; October 5, 1992.LetterQ2409
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; October 25, 1992.ProgramQ2410
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; January 24, 1993.ProgramQ2411
Letter - Letter from Lofty Oaks Association to Southside Baptist Church regarding a tree to be planted in memory of Ellsworth W. Decker; June 19, 1993.LetterQ2412
Card - Thank you card from a group of women from Japan who toured Southside Baptist Church; February 10, 1995.CardQ2413
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Reverend Bruce Cummings; December 14, 1995.NewsletterQ2414
Program - Elmira City Hall One Hundred Years Celebration; 1995.ProgramQ2415
Invitation - Invitation to 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration for Earl Robert and Ruth Brown Fleming; June 29, 1997.InvitationQ2416
Invitation - Invitation to the 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Eisenhower; June 28, 1997.InvitationQ2417
Newsletter - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; October 1, 1997.NewsletterQ2418
Booklet - Booklet of poems written by Judy Davis; 1997.BookletQ2419
Card - Memorial card for the funeral of Lawrence H. "Larry" Hall; March 13, 1998.CardQ2420
Program - Spring Fest 1998 presented by American Baptist Churches of the Chemung-Steuben Association; May 17, 1998.ProgramQ2421
Budget - Proposed Missions Budget; 1998.BudgetQ2422
Card - Thank you card from Herbert Punchard for 100th birthday reception; August 1997.CardQ2423
Document - History of Herbert Punchard; 1997.DocumentQ2424
Documents - Various Documents regarding the Southside Baptist Church Centennial Celebration, including programs, letters, cards, invoices, and meeting minutes; 1994.DocumentsQ2501
Program - Southside Baptist Church Maundy Thursday Service; April 12, 2001.ProgramQ2601
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; November 21, 2001.ProgramQ2602
Program - Southside Baptist Church Candles and Carols Service; December 24, 2001.ProgramQ2603
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