Join Our Mailing List

Please enter your email address below.

Manuscript Library

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.

The Manuscript Index is arranged alphabetically by collection name.  To access a finding aid, please click on its name.

To search the Manuscript Index for a specific research topic, please enter the term into the Search Library Box below. 

Please keep in mind that many collections have not been inventoried while others are currently in progress.  If you have any questions regarding the Finding Aids or the Index, please contact the archivist at

Collection TitleMC 64 PeopleCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:December 2015

The Ethel Shaver Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Betty Vondracke in 2007.  The Griswold Family Collection was donated to the Booth Library in 2001.  The Jenkins Family Collection was donated by Grace Jenkins in 2015.  The Joseph Grover collection was donated to the Booth Library in 1971.  The Rosencrans Family Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Heather Bescheler in 2010.


Bradford County (PA); Elmira (N.Y.); Jewish Americans; Recipes; Southport (N.Y.); United States.  Navy; World War, 1939-1945


Ethel Shaver was born in Canton, Pennsylvania in 1890.  She was married to Guy Shaver, a barber, and lived on Elmira’s Southside. 


Griswold Family was established in Chemung County by Elijah Griswold (1719-approx. 1800) who settled here was in the 1790s.  His descendants are scattered throughout upstate New York including in Elmira and Cortland. 


Jenkins Family – Nelson Jenkins served in U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1946 aboard the U.S.S. Langley.  His brother Richard Jenkins served in the Army in the Pacific during WW II and was killed in action in September 1944.


Joseph Grover, originally of Springfield Township, Pennsylvania, fought during the Revolutionary War.  He later settled on a farm in the Town of Southport.    


Rosencrans Family – During World War II, Seymour Rosencrans served as an officer in US Army Air Corps.  He later worked as salesman and was killed in a car accident in 1957.  His brother Herbert served as a baker with the Army Quartermaster and was stationed in India.  Both were members of Congregation Shomray Hadath, Elmira’s Orthodox Jewish temple.   


The Ethel Shaver Collection contains recipes, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous personal papers, 1862-1963.  The Griswold Family Collection includes genealogical information, familial correspondence, and family newsletters, 1890-1961.  The Jenkins Family Collection includes materials associated with Nelson and Richard Jenkins’ service in World War II, British War Relief material, and miscellaneous family papers, 1860-2007. The Joseph Grover Collection includes Grover’s financial and legal papers, 1820-1833.  The Rosencrans Family Collection includes Seymour Rosencrans’ personal papers, 1945-1957; Herbert Rosencrans’ World War II photograph album; and miscellaneous family papers and photographs. 

Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1820-2007
AbstractMC 64 contains five collections: Ethel Shaver Collection; Griswold Family Collection; Jenkins Family Collection; Joseph Grover Collection; and the Rosencrans Family Collection. 

Filter by:
TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Air Force Reserve orders of promotion, September 22, 1955. DocumentA1910
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Air Force Reserve request for 1957 Annual Survey Form. DocumentA1911
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Letter from the Steele Memorial Library regarding a book donated in memory of Seymour Rosencrans, Februart 26, 1957. LetterA1912
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Letter of condolence from Top Value Enterprises, Inc. to the Rosencrans family, February 25, 1957. LetterA1912
Seymour Rosencrans Papers - Certificates for trees planted in Israel in memory of Seymour Rosencrans, 1957. (with envelope)CertificatesA1913
Rosencrans Family Collection – Isaac Rosencrantz's certified copy of entry of birth for the purposes of elementary education, 1876. CertificateA1914
Evelyn Rosencrans Papers - Invoices from the following furniture stores: Peterson's Funiture Store (1947); Edgecomb's Furniture Company (1949). InvoicesA1915
Rosencrans Family Collection – Newspaper clippings regarding the death of Seymour Rosencrans and aftermath, February 1957. Newspaper ClippingsA1917
Rosencrans Family Collection - Herbert Rosencrans' WWII photograph album, 1942-45. Features images from where he was stationed in India as well as tourist photos of Calcutta. Photograph AlbumA2001
Rosencrans Family Collection - (17) photographs including Seymour Rosencrans; Stubby the dog; Andrew's Bar Mitzvah; Sarah Rosencrantz grave, 1895; and misc. unidentified family members. PhotographsA2101
Ledger - John and Dorothy Parmelee family accounts & expenses, 1955.LedgerA2301
<<First  <<Previous

Page: 1 2 3 4

Gallery Hours

Monday - Saturday 10a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Research Room:

Monday - Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Research Fee: $5.00 per day for non-members
Free to members of the Society and students

The Museum Shop:

Open during regular gallery hours.


Chemung County Historical Society
415 E. Water Street
Elmira, NY 14901

Contact Us:

Phone: (607) 734-4167
Email us:

Connect With Us:

Facebook Our Blog Tumblr History Pin


$5.00 - Adults
$3.00 - Senior Citizens (over 55)
$1.00 - Students (6-18)
FREE - Children Under 5
FREE - Members of the CCHS

Group Tours Call For An Appointment

We are wheelchair accessible
©2019 Chemung County Historical Society. All Rights Reserved. Website Design by inCommand Technologies