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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 - Family newsletter from Russ and Lorrie Hartley; December 2001.NewsletterQ3116
Letter - Thank you letter from the Community Kitchen to Southside Baptist Church for support; February 17, 2002.LetterQ3117
Newsletter - Newsletter form Mark and Sandy Thompson, missionaries in Congo; February 2002.NewsletterQ3118
Letter - Thank you letter from Chemung County Habitat for Humanity to Southside Baptist Church; May 31, 2001.LetterQ3119
Invitation - 95th Birthday celebration invitation for Helen Griswold; September 1, 2002.InvitationQ3120
Letter - Thank you letter from Bible Lighthouse, Inc. to Southside Baptist Church for a donation in memory of Genevieve Young; September 6, 2002.LetterQ3121
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Mark and Sandy Jo Thompson; September 2002.NewsletterQ3122
Postcards - To Southside Baptist Church from Russ Hartley, Bruce Cummings, and Charles Moore, thanking them for support for Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering; December 2002.PostcardsQ3123
Letter - Thank you letter from Twin Tiers Youth for Christ to Southside Baptist Church; December 2002.LetterQ3124
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Wayne and Katherine Niles, missionaries in Haiti; December 2002.NewsletterQ3125
Newsletter - Newsletter from Nellie Beidelman, Director of Child Character Education Board; December 2002.NewsletterQ3126
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Russ and Lorrie Hartley; December 2002.NewsletterQ3127
Letter - Thank you letter from the Crossett family to Southside Baptist Church; January 2003.LetterQ3128
Memorial card - Gwendolyn Marie Root; March 13, 2003.Memorial CardQ3129
Letter - Thank you letter from Southern Tier Church of Christ to Southside Baptist Church; September 13, 2003.LetterQ3130
Letter - Thank you letter from Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation to Southside Baptist Church for a donation in memory of Illene LaBauve; October 20, 2003.LetterQ3131
Letter - Thank you letter from the Red Cross to Southside Baptist Church; October 2003. LetterQ3132
Post Card - From Russ and Lorrie Smith to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for supporting Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering; November 2003.Post CardQ3133
Memorial card - In memory of Eleanor M. Haven; December 3, 2003.Memorial CardQ3134
Letter - Thank you letter from Food Bank of the Southern Tier to Southside Baptist Church for support; January 7, 2004.LetterQ3135
Invitation - Wedding Invitation for Sarah Emily Daniels and Steven Brooks Pinckney; January 2, 2004.InvitationQ3136
Letter - Thank you letter from Overland White Cross to Southside Baptist Church for donated items; April 21, 2004.LetterQ3137
Invitation - Upstate Homes for Children and Adults 2004 Annual Meeting and Luncheon; September 8, 2004.InvitationQ3138
Invitation - 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for Don and Jane Rockwell; October 23, 2004.InvitationQ3139
Post Card - From Bruce and Pauline Cummings to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for supporting Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering; December 2004.Post CardQ3140
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