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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
Letter - From Russ and Lorrie Hartley to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for supporting the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering; December 2004.LetterQ3141
Newsletter - Family Newsletter from Charlene and David Daniels; January 2005.NewsletterQ3142
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Greg and Annette Beyer; December 2004. NewsletterQ3143
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Mark and Sandy Jo Thompson; January 16, 2005.NewsletterQ3144
Letter - Letter from Food Bank of the Southern Tier to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for a donation; January 21, 2005.LetterQ3145
Letter - Letter from American Baptist Churches of New York State to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for a donation; January 28, 2005.LetterQ3146
Newsletter - Family newsletter from Wayne and Katherine Niles; February 2005.NewsletterQ3147
Card - Memorial card for Harold T. Phillips; June 11, 2005.CardQ3148
Letter - Thank you letter from Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for a donation made in the memory of Betty Bubacz; June 16, 2005.LetterQ3149
Letter - From Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care to Southside Baptist Church asking for financial support; September 2005.LetterQ3150
Letter - From Southside Community Center to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for a donation; 2005.LetterQ3151
Card - Christmas card from Upstate Homes for Children and Adults; 2000s.CardQ3152
Invitation - Farewell service for Reverend and Mrs. Charles Moore at First Baptist Church of Trumansburg; January 9, 2000s.InvitationQ3153
Card - Thank you card from Food Bank of the Southern Tier.CardQ3154
Card - Thank you card from Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum for a donation in memory of Jane Deery; 2000s.CardQ3155
Card - Thank you card from North Spencer Christian Academy for a donation in memory of Genevieve Birney Rumsey; 2000s.CardQ3156
Card - From Pine City Baptist Church to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for dinner; 2000s.CardQ3157
Card - Card from the family of Irene Lawton to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for caring; 2000s.CardQ3158
Card - From Southside Community Center to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for support; 2000s.CardQ3159
Card - Card from Cherie and Pat Bennett to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for the donation to the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association; 2000s.CardQ3160
Letter - Letter from Philip W. Hall asking for support while attending Elim Bible Institute; 2000s.LetterQ3161
Letter - From Elmira Correctional Facility to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for a donation; 2000s.LetterQ3162
Letter - Letter from Carolyn Predmore to Southside Baptist Church thanking them for support; 2000s.LetterQ3163
Greeting Cards - Cards from members and friends of Southside Baptist Church; 2000s.Greeting CardsQ3201
Documents - Various flyers and brochures for events associated with Southside Baptist Church; 2000s.DocumentsQ3301
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