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Collection TitleMC 34 Elmira City GovernmentCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByCaitlin Kenney, Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:Summer 2010
Date Updated:March 2016
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by various individuals. 
Terms:City planning; Elmira (N.Y.); Municipal government; Urban renewal
Historical:Elmira - The town of Elmira was originally founded in the late 1700s under the name Newtown.  The name was officially changed to Elmira in 1808.  The city of Elmira was incorporated in 1864 and serves as the County Seat for Chemung County.  The town of Elmira lies to the east and west of the city. 
Scope:The Elmira Collection contains official city documents including budgets; department reports; zoning ordinances; government publications; and misc. official documents. 
Extent1 linear feet
Date Span1840s-present

This collection contains government records, histories and documents relating to the town and city of Elmira, New York.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Booklet - Considerations for Revising the City Charter, Booklet, Elmira Charter Revision Commission, April 30, 1962.BookletA1505
Report - "Generations of Time," presentation debuting the History section of the Elmira City Website, 2000.ReportA1506
Pamphlet - Every Cat Counts Program, City of Elmira, 2009.PamphletA1507
Letter from City Attorney Babcock to the Common Council denouncing the testimony of the Health Officer in the case of John W. Brown vs. the City of Elmira, December 2, 1878.LetterA1601
Letter from The Office of Counsel to the Corporation to the Mayor of Elmira with questions concerning city funds, January 28, 1879.LetterA1602
Booklet - New Elmira Project: General Plan Digest, Elmira Urban Renewal Agency, 1972.BookletA1603
Letter from the City Attorney to the Office of Counsel to the Corporation with responses to questions about city funds, January 30, 1879.LetterA1603
Letter from E. Babcock to the Supreme Court substituting James Wright for him as lawyer, March 20, 1879.LetterA1604
Welcome letter from Elmira Mayor Emory Strachen to new resident Marion Nichols, ca. 1940s.LetterA1605
Document - Resolution and order from the Common Council of the City of Elmira for the construction of a sidewalk on Baldwin Street, August 19, 1879.DocumentA1701
Notice from the overseer of the poor of City of Elmira to the overseer in Town of Baldwin regarding Charles Wilkins & child, March 13, 1896.DocumentA1702
Sidewalk permit issued to Mr. E.M. Roberts by the Superintendent of Public Works of the City of Elmira, July 28, 1920.DocumentA1703
Service agreement between the City of Elmira and the Elmira Humane Society regarding the capture and care of stray animals in the City of Elmira for the year 1945, December 26, 1944. DocumentA1704
Proclamation from the City of Elmira declaring September 27, 2008 Bicentennial Day in celebration of the funding of the Village of Elmira.ProclamationA1705
Booklet - Goals, Policies, Prospects of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, July 1972.BookletA1801
Documents - Folder containing press release information for Elmira plan, New York State Urban Development Corporation, October 12, 1972.DocumentsA1802
Booklet - The New Elmira Plan Progress Report, Elmira Urban Renewal Agency, December 1974.BookletA1804
Poster - Elmira Rebuilds, Elmira Urban Renewal Agency, September 1975.PosterA1805
New Elmira Project NYR-402 Annual Report, Elmira Urban Renewal Agency, December 31, 1976.DocumentsA1806
Surveys for the Urban Renewal Project with information about neighborhood histories, c. 1950-1970.DocumentsA1901
Newsletter - What's Up Downtown, Elmira Downtown Development: November/December 1986; January/February, March/April, May/June 1987; Summer & Fall 1988.NewsletterB0501
Invitation - A presentation of the Elmira Downtown Action Agenda by Bert Winterbottom, Elmira Downtown Development, October 3, 1990.InvitationB0502
Documents - Downtown Revitalization Agenda & Notes, Chemung County Planning Department, September 18, 1984.DocumentsB0701
Booklet - "A Short History of Elmira", Eva Taylor, 1937.BookletC0101
Booklet - Town of Elmira 1792-1992, 1992.BookletC0102
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