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Collection TitleJAK J. Arthur Kieffer CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
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This folder contains research for J. Arthur Kieffer's pictoral book and pictures that would be included in the book, Volume 17 of the Schuyler County Historical Society Journal in 2011, County Historian Meeting Minutes from 09/15/2011, and photocopied photographs for Kieffer's book.Research0230
This folder contains various minutes from the Chemung County Historians Report, recordings of CCHS assets, minutes from Chemung County Municipal Historians meetings, and an essay about the Sullivan Expedition.Minutes0231
This folder contains handwritten records and photographs of various historical markers in Chemung County.Records0232
This folder contains an essay titled "The History of Transportation in Big Flats" by Kieffer, a copy of the 2011 Historian's Report from Catlin, a booklet from the Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District, the 2010 Historian's Report from Chemung, an essay titled "Education in Elmira Heights: Success of a Small School District" by Ken Erickson, and the State Historian Update from 2010.Essay0233
This folder contains the Annual Historian's Report for 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, by Kieffer, as well as correspondence sending the Historian's Report to the office of the State Historian and various others, minutes from the Historical Markers Committee in 1999, a list of historic stories written by J. Arthur Kieffer, and handwritten notes from Kieffer of his daily activities in 2006, and a description of the County Historian job.Report0234
This folder contains a newspaper article about Anthony J. Morrell and the Morrell family as well as a notice from PPG Industries in 1978 about a change in their terms of sale.Newspaper0235
This folder contains a booklet of the 1982 catalog for Color Slides from GAF, a booklet titled "A Felicity of Carols," correspondence between J. Arthur Kieffer and Oma Rose about the Lobdell and Lewis Families, a record of a game from the Mark Twain Golf Course, an essay titled "Elmira City Hall Rededication," a transcript of a speech of J. Arthur Kieffer's, a biography of Richard Seem, a list of articles written by Kieffer, and newspaper obituaries.Booklet0301
This folder contains a book titled "The Story of the Ice Age" by Rose Wyler and Gerald Ames, a booklet titled "Four Traditions: Women of New York During the American Revolution" by Linda Grant De Pauw, a series of writings by Kieffer, and an edition of "Southern Tier Masonic News."Booklet0302
This folder contains a book titled "New York History" published in 1958 by the New York State Historical Association, a map of Camp Rathbun, an image of the monument and markers dedicated to Confederate prisoners, an image of John W. Jones, J. M. Womack, Washington B. Traweek, Major Henry V. Colt, Marcus Toney, Stephen Moore, a diagram of typical soldier barracks, an image of Berry Benson, J. P. Scruggs, Benjamin F. Tracy, Eugene B. Sanger, Melvin Conklin, and a drawing of Confederate soldiers in the prison camp.Photograph0303
This folder contains a list of various buildings in Chemung County and a brief history of the buildings.List0304
This folder contains newspaper clippings about J. Arthur Kieffer.Newspaper0305
This folder contains a position description of the County Historian job from December of 1989.Job Description0306
This folder contains handwritten notes and correspondence about fairs in Chemung County and about the JAC O Lantern publication.Notes0307
This folder contains typed and handwritten prayers from churches in Chemung County.Prayers0308
This folder contains maps of the John Jones property, the Elks Club property, Chemung County, South Asia, Europe in World War II, the Sullivan Dam, Cape Cod, The Holy Land, Germany, Alaska, China, Hoffman Creek, and Europe.Maps0309
This folder contains the Kieffer family genealogy.Genealogy0310
This folder contains booklets, newspaper articles, and magazine articles about the United States Bicentennial.Booklet0311
This folder contains newsletter articles from the Notre Dame Retreat House, images of religious figures and architecture, photocopied prayers, and a magazine article about cathedrals in the USA.Article0312
This folder contains biographies of Brinton Paine, Clarence Dart, Sophia Bednarek, Stella Niekras, Shirley Banks, Tom Byrne, Ralph Genert, Joseph Hogan, and Stanley Rodzai.Biographies0313
This folder contains documents from the National Register of Historic Places, as well as documents from the Near Westside Neighborhood Association, a glossary of architectural terms, instructions to completing a Building-Structure Inventory Form, and a three year plan to revitalize the Near Westside neighborhood.Register0401
This folder contains photocopied pages from "A Guide to Old American Houses," about architecture in America.Photocopies0402
This folder contains research, documents, and notes about Brinton Paine.Research0403
This folder contains essays and transcripts of speeches by J. Arthur Kieffer about Brinton Paine.Writing0404
This folder contains research, newspaper articles, correspondence, essays, notes, and various papers about Brinton Paine, researched by Kieffer.Research0405
This folder contains a pamphlet written by J. Arthur Kieffer, about Brinton Paine.Booklet0406
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