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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
Invitation - Southside Baptist Church Installation Service for Reverend David C. Daniels; September 14, 2003.InvitationQ2604
Program - Southside Baptist Church Installation Service for Reverend David C. Daniels; September 14, 2003.ProgramQ2605
Document - Program insert from Southside Baptist Church Christmas Service; December 2003.DocumentQ2606
Program - Southside Baptist Church Christmas Around the World Christmas service; December 24, 2005.ProgramQ2607
Document - Copied page from "Worship in the Pastoral Ministry", section titled "An Order for the Taking of the Lord's Supper to Those at Home or in a Hospital".DocumentQ2608
Document - Prayer requests for Southside Baptist Church members and friends.DocumentQ2609
Programs - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; 2001.ProgramsQ2701
Programs - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; 2002.ProgramsQ2801
Program - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; 2004.ProgramQ2901
Programs - Southside Baptist Church Order of Service; 2005.ProgramsQ3001
Letters - Letters from former pastors to Southside Baptist Church accepting invitation to attend the Centennial Celebration; February 1994.LettersQ3101
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Greg, Annette, Allison, and Megan Beyer, missionaries in Cameroon; September 2000.NewsletterQ3102
Newsletter - Family newsletter from the Niles family, missionaries in Haiti; November 2000.NewsletterQ3103
Letter - Thank you letter from Parley Coburn School to Southside Baptist Church for hats and mittens; December 2000.LetterQ3104
Newsletter - Newsletter from Carolyn Predmore, missionary in Japan; December 2000.NewsletterQ3105
Letter - Thank you letter from Home Missionary ministry to Southside Baptist Church for support; March 2001.LetterQ3106
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Mark Thompson, M.D. and his family, missionaries in Congo; February 2001.NewsletterQ3107
Birth Announcement - Nathan Forest Bowers, born to Sean and Becky Hall Bowers; April 18, 2001.Birth AnnouncementQ3108
Letter - Thank you letter from Upstate Homes for Children and Adults to Southside Baptist Church for support; April 24, 2001.LetterQ3109
Letter - Thank you letter from Chemung County Habitat for Humanity to Southside Baptist Church for support; May 23, 2001.LetterQ3110
Letter - Thank you letter from Lodi Historical Society to Southside Baptist Church for a donation in the memory of Helen E. Quinn; June 10, 2001.LetterQ3111
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Virgil and Lynn Nelson, missionaries in Congo; August 2001.NewsletterQ3112
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Timothy and Patricia Long, missionaries in Mexico; September 23, 2011.NewsletterQ3113
Letter - Thank you letter from Chuck Malcolm to Southside Baptist Church for flowers and support; November 2001. LetterQ3114
Letter - Thank you letter from Wellesley Congregational Church to Southside Baptist Church for a gift in memory of Donald M. Burguess; December 17, 2001.LetterQ3115
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