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Collection TitleJAK J. Arthur Kieffer CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
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This folder contains essays and writings by J. Arthur Kieffer.Essay3603
This folder contains minutes from the Municipal Historians Meetings in 2000-2011.Minutes3604
This folder contains the Chemung County Historian Reports from 2006-2011.Report3605
This folder contains correspondence to and from J. Arthur Kieffer, both over email and physical letters.Correspondence3606
This folder contains online and photocopied articles about events occurring in Chemung County, including multiple about J. Arthur Kieffer.Article3607
This folder contains an article on various monuments and marker quotes in Chemung County, a list of the fates of different prisoners in the Elmira Prison Camp, an image of Hauver's Elmira Band, a story about a Confederate soldier, a building fund for the Elmira Association for the Blind, a map of the I86/I99 Corridor, information on Harness Racing, a Deed of Gift from J. Arthur Kieffer, an essay on the Neighborhood House, a list of cemeteries in Chemung County, a prayer for the day before Ash Wednesday, the "Secrets of Happiness" by Bartholomew O'Brien, a photocopy of a 1998 golf score, which Kieffer scored, an photocopied advertisement from 1870, and photocopied images.Article3608
This folder contains essays, not written by J. Arthur Kieffer, about Chemung County history.Essay3609
This folder contains notes, history, and a directory for the Elmira Rotary Club.Notes3610
This folder contains a copy of "The Junction Canal," by J. Arthur Kieffer, an edition of Kieffer's genealogy, and the "Banknotes" newsletter about "The Junction Canal" book.Booklet3611
This folder contains booklets, including "Elmira in the Life of Mark Twain," "Knights and Women of the Ku Klux Klan Klorero," "Chemung, 1788-1988," "Aviation in America" from the American Geographical Society, "The Development of the Newspaper Press," and "One Hundred Fifty Years" from the Chemung Canal Trust Company.Booklet3612
This folder contains various booklets, including "First Water: the History" by American LaFrance, "Welcome to Ann Page" by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, "Landmarks of the Revolution in New York State" by David C. Thurheimer, a program for the Big Flats Historical Society's photo exhibit, "Chemung County Historical Center" by the CCHS, the newsletter for the Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District, the 2004-2005 Annual Report for the Community Foundation of the Elmira-Corning area, "Century Notes" by Chemung Valley Savings and Loan Association, and "Elmira Correctional and Reception Center Centennial Acknowledgement."Booklet3613
This folder contains various booklets, including Volume 45 of the Schuyler County Historical Journal, the 2008 American Dahlia Society Third Quarter pamphlet, a pamphlet from the 100 year celebration of Elmira City Hall, an instructional pamphlet for the HP printer, "The ABC's of Safe Winter Driving," "Fire engines you can count on," "The Lowman Bicentennial and Old Home Days Celebration," "Town of Elmira 1792-1992," the 160th anniversary of the Town of Southport, "The Great Flood of '72" by the Star-Gazette, and "Highlights of History in Chemung County" by the Chemung County Historical Society. Booklet3614
This folder contains various booklets, including a 1974 profile of Chemung County compiled by the Chamber of Commerce of Chemung County, "Mark Twain's Elmira" by Michelle Cotton, and "New York State Counties: Their Beginnings" by the New York State Association of Counties.Booklet3615
This folder contains the book "Growing up in Bungy" by Louis O'Dell.Book3616
This folder contains newspaper articles about Thatcher Manufacturing Company, Daniel Kennedy, Lena Gilbe, Mrs. George Hoffman, Irish history in Chemung County, and history "bloopers."Newspaper3617
This folder contains various booklets, including "Historic Preservation" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, "The Andaste Trail" by E.C. Cowles, a telephone directory from 1975, the Dedication for the CCHS in 1982, the History of the Elmira City Club from 1989, and "Sir William Johnson and the Indians of New York" by Milton Hamilton.Booklet3618
This folder contains various booklets, including a calendar for the County Court of Chemung County from 1908, a pamphlet from the 1935 Aviation Day by Mohawk Airlines, the 125th anniversary of the Star-Gazette pamphlets, the "Emipre Typographical Conference" in 1946 pamphlet, the 1976 edition of "Tapestry: The International Magazine of History Illustrated," "The Cabinetmaker" by Colonial Williamsburg, the 1989 bulletin of the Newport Historical Society, and the 1987 edition of "The Valley Forge Journal."Booklet3619
This folder contains various booklets, including the 1986 edition of the Oneida County Historical Journal, "Silas Billings: Pioneer, Lumberman" by Edwin Glover, "A Short History of Elmira" by Eva Taylor, Some Elmira Authors by the Steele Memorial Library, a pamphlet from the Elmira Centennial, a catalogue of the CCHS publications from 2002, the 1973 Annual Report for the Elmira Water Board, the Thatcher System of milk delivery, a pamphlet from American LaFrance, and "Ford's Theater and the House where Lincoln Died."Booklet3620
This folder contains the 1978 Star-Gazette Anniversary edition of the newspaper, and newspaper articles about a Susan Crane postcard, and a newspaper advertisement for the "People Pops Concert" hosted by the Elmira Savings Bank.Newspaper3701
This folder contains various booklets, including "The Historic 1897 Firehouse" by Jeffrey Burger, the 2009 annual Elmira Heights Historical Society Calendar, "Van Etten's 3 Eras" by Sherman Moreland Jr., and an index of the Chemung Historical Journal.Booklet3702
This folder contains various essays, including "The Great Flood of 1889" by Willliam Burr, "The Revolutionary War: The Sullivan Expedition of 1779," "Early Life in the Chemung Valley," "The 'Walking Purchase' and the 'Wolves of West Elmira,'" and a map of part of Horseheads.Essay3703
This folder contains booklets about various anniversaries, including the Veteran-Millport anniversaries, the Chemung County Sesquicentennial Air Show, the Chemung Canal Trust Company 150 year anniversary, and the 1968 Haskell & Conner Architects.Booklet3704
This folder contains essays and various papers about John Arnot and the Arnot family.Essay3705
This folder contains booklets about Horseheads, baseball, the Pioneers team, and Big Flats in separate blue folders. Booklet3706
This folder contains pamphlets, lists, and notes about various reunions of the Elmira Free Academy Class of 1939.Pamphlet3707
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