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Collection Title:CL 192 Central Christian Church CollectionCreator:Chemung County Historical Society
Processed By:Dan Weaver
Date Completed:November 2021

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the Central Christian Church in 2018.


Elmira (N.Y.); Churches 


The Elmira Central Christian Church’s origins can be traced to 1893 when a group of local worshippers began meeting as an informal outgrowth of the national Disciples of Christ movement. In October 1898, the group moved to a two-story building at the corner of South Main and Partridge Streets. The group was formally incorporated in November 1898 as The First Church of Christ, Disciples, and moved into a newly-built church on the South Main St. site in 1906.

In January 1951, the organization changed its name to the Central Christian Church, though it remained a local branch of the Disciples of Christ denomination. The church remained active for the next six decades, with highlights including the establishment in the 1980s of a World Outreach Committee, responsible for significant charitable work, and the establishment in 2004 of Spanish language services (the Hispanic Ministry project). In 2013, the church legally disassociated itself from the Disciples of Christ and dissolved in 2018. Notable pastors included: Clayton Chandler Crawford (1896-1909), who served as minister to the initial Disciples of Christ group; Charles M. Kreidler (1909-1924), whose efforts were instrumental in saving the church from financial crisis in its early years; Ronald L. Parker (1970-1974) and Harry L. Taylor (1974-1981), who provided leadership in reconstruction projects following damage to the church caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972; and Ramon Osorio Jr. (2004-2011), who initiated the Hispanic Ministry project.


The Elmira Central Christian Church contains church newsletters and annual reports, 1940s-2010s; service programs, 1930s-2017; correspondence, 1898-2017; meeting minutes, 1910-2017; administrative documents, 1896-2017; photographs and albums, 1910s-2000s; assorted documents.

Extent:6 linear feet
Date Span:1896-2018

This collection contains documents and photographs associated with the Central Christian Church of Elmira.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
This journal contains "Loyal Taylor Class" meeting minutes for the years 1957-1970.Records050201
This journal contains "Loyal Taylor Class" meeting minutes for the years 1970-1978.Records050301
This journal contains "Loyal Taylor Class" budgets for the years 1955-1971.Records050401
This binder contains documents relating to the history of the Elmira Central Christian Church covering the years 1908-2017.Documents050501
This scrapbook contains documents relating to church news, events, and members covering the years ca. 1899-1985.Scrapbook050601
Blueprint of Elmira Central Christian Church property at South Main St. and Partridge St., dated 1966.Photo Album050701
This section contains (16) photos of church members including: b&w photo of Floyd Stanton, Bernard Hutchinson, Arthur Hutchinson, Edna McKean (organist), William P. Collson, Arthur Streeter, Vernon Wells, Walter Knowlden, Floyd Collson, Beatrice Rockwell, Rosemond Leanard, Lillian Peterson, "----Bush," Erma Stanton, Eliza Teller, Maudanna Robb, Ola Hutchinson, "-----?," Margaret Schlock, Alene Lilley, and Irene Taylor (undated); "Rev. and Mrs. Brooks" (1960); Harry Taylor and George Krise (1975); "Charles & Dorothy Mills" (May 1985); "Parsonage & Educational Bldg., Central Christian Church, Elmira, NY" (1966); Rev. Ronald Parker (1974); Ed Bly, Ginny Parker, and Jay Parker (undated); Maudanna Robb and Alice Baylor (May 1985); "Alice Baylor, age 90, Central Christian Church, Elmira, NY, Honoring 50 yrs. or more of membership" (1985); "Audrey talking w/ Bernice Taylor" (1990); "Dorothy Dickens, Delia in back, Xmas 1985"; "Rev. Charles W. Kreidler, 1909-1924, Central Christian Church Disciples, Elmira, NY." (ca. 1920s); "Home Spun Singers, Central Christian Church" (Nov. 1977). Photo Album050702
This section contains letters relating to Elmira Central Christian Church's 110th anniversary (October 2006).Letters050801
This section contains (183) photographs of church members and events (ca. 1970s-1990s).Photographs050802
This photo album contains church member obituaries and (239) photographs of church members and events covering the years ca. 1980s-2000s.Photo Album050901
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