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Collection TitleCL 30 Richard Seem CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:4/8/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Richard Seem in 1993.

Clubs; Elmira (N.Y.); Newspaper publishing; Scrapbooks


Richard Seem- Richard Seem was born in Elmira, NY on April 20, 1915.  He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1933 and from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Finance in 1937.  A month later, he began work at the Elmira Star-Gazette as an advertisement salesman.  During WWII, he left the paper to serve in the United States Navy and, in 1942 he married Margaret Osmun of Horseheads while on leave.  After the war, he returned to the Star-Gazette, this time as the retail advertisement manager.  He went on to serve as the papers business manager and chief accountant until he retired in June 1977.  Outside of work, Seem was active in the Elmira Rotary Club which he joined in 1952.  From 1960 to 1961, he served as the president of that organization.


The Richard Seem Collection contains three scrapbooks about Elmira from early 1900's and 1940's.  It also includes documents relating to Richard Seem's term as president of the Elmira Rotary Club from 1960 to 1961, various newspaper clippings ranging in date from 1939 to 1964, letters by Frank Tripp and a small collection of bills and receipts dating from 1886 to 1928.

Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1873-1972
AbstractThis collection contains scrapbooks about Elmira, Rotary Club documents, newspaper clippings and various documents relating to the Star-Gazette.   

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Newspaper clipping from October 19, 1958 with a photo of Elmira Gazette employees from 1892. Newspaper Clipping20807
The Elmira Gazette Monthly Illustrated Suppliment, September 1873. Newspaper20808
Special Regulations No. 106, Arms, Ammunition and Target Material For Civilian Rifle Clubs, 1919. Booklet20901
Form letter from New York State Secretary of State Francis Hugo regarding registration fees for moto vehicles, 1920. Letter20902
Price List of Supplies available for sale to Members of the National Rifle Association by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship.Booklet20903
Director of Selective Service form 5: Bulletin of Information for Presons Registered, 1940. Booklet20904
Statistical breakdown of the employees of various local companies by gender, marital status and pay, no date. Document20905
Booklet: Historic Elmira. Booklet20906
Occupational Bulletins IND-16 and IND-17 from Selective Serive, 1942. Memorandum20907
Elmira Consolidation-A plan for progress, the best Education for all the children at the least cost, circa 1955. Booklet20908
Program for the Elmira Junior Association of Commerce production of "Journey's End" by R.C. Sherriff, April 17 and 18,1940. Program21001
Newspaper clippings relating to the Elmira Junior Association of Commerce's production of "Journey's End," April 1940. Newspaper Clippings21002
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