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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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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
Picture - Hand colored wood engraving of the Town of Elmira, Gleason's Pictorial, 1854.PictureC0201
Picture - Engraving of Elmira, 1862.PictureC0202
Booklet - "Population Growth in the City of Elmira 1870-1940", Leslie T.C. Kuo at Cornell University, January 1943.BookletC0301
Booklet - "1948 Votes in the Making - A Preview", Helen Dinerman, May 1949.BookletC0302
Booklet - Economic and Industrial Data for the Elmira Area, Chemung County Industrial Development Board, 1958.Booklet C0303
Booklet - Demographic Characteristics of the Elmira New York Market, Star-Gazette and Advertiser, 1964.BookletC0304
Booklet - "The Southern Tier of New York State - A Report", Business in New York State, September/October 1965.BookletC0305
Booklet - "Elmira, New York", Anna Rice, June 1979.BookletC0401
Booklet - Thomas Mifflin Perry's survey notes, c. 1840-1870.BookletC0801
Petition to the honorable trustees of the Village of Elmira, September 1843. (photocopy)PetitionC0802
Newspaper - Southside Saver: May 1, 1963.NewspaperC0804
Newsletter - Eastside Neighborhood Action Committee, January 1986.NewsletterC0805
State of New York Legislative Resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of the naming of the town of Elmira, June 19, 2008.DocumentC0806
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