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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 TitleJAK J. Arthur Kieffer CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
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This folder contains a booklet of the Chemung County Building and Grounds Department's Annual Report from 1981, written by J. Arthur Kieffer.Booklet0611
This folder contains a booklet of the Chemung County Building and Grounds Department's Annual Report from 1978, written by J. Arthur Kieffer.Booklet0612
This folder contains a booklet of the Chemung County Building and Grounds Department's Annual Report from 1970, written by J. Arthur Kieffer.Booklet0613
This folder contains a booklet of the Chemung County Building and Grounds Department's Annual Report from 1966-1967, written by J. Arthur Kieffer.Booklet0614
This folder contains a booklet of the Chemung County Building and Grounds Department's Annual Report from 1972, written by J. Arthur Kieffer.Booklet0615
This folder contains awards to J. Arthur Kieffer for rose-growing, as well as correspondence to J. Arthur Kiefer.Award0616
This folder contains images, photocopied newspaper articles and an essay of Elmira's unpublished history.Image0701
This folder contains an essay titeld "Elmira Sixty Years Ago" about Elmira's old court house, a photocopy of the Elmira Advertiser from January 21, 1881, a newspaper article titled "The Saints and the Sinners" by George Connelly, typewritten articles written by John Murphy about old Elmira, an essay titled "My Elmira" reminiscing about Elmira in 1963, an essay titled "Living in a Goldfish Bowl" by Winifred Kittredge Eaton, and various newspaper articles written by former Chemung County Historians.Essay0702
This folder contains essays, notes, articles, annual reports, and various papers written by J. Arthur Kieffer about the history of Elmira.Essays0703
This folder contains newspaper articles, pamphlets, and booklets about fairs, pageants, and ceremonies in Elmira.Newspaper0704
This folder contains a record of the 2002 Dahlia Show of the Steuben County Agricultural Society, the November 2002 edition of Banknotes, Chemung County Historical Society's newsletter, correspondence between J. Arthur Kieffer and Better Homes and Gardens, an article on Joseph John and Frances Ann Manning Kieffer, photocopied images of barracks from the civil war camp, a booklet of Elmira College's 2004 Continuing Education and Graduate Studies registration guide, an essay titled "Flaming Arrows," handwritten notes about William Johnson, handwritten meeting minutes from the 1998 Municipal Historians meeting, an essay titled "Prince in Buckskin" by Margaret Widdemer, various newspaper clippings, a handwritten account of the Pool tribe, and an article about ancient landmarks in Central New York.Papers0705
This folder contains newspaper articles, photocopied images and illustrations, essays, booklets, maps, handwritten notes, and magazines about the construction of the Chemung Canal.Article0706
This folder contains a magazine article from the National Geographic about the history of Rome, Italy.Magazine0707
This folder contains a list of the CCHS staff in 2004, notes, essays, and quotes from J. Arthur Kieffer, magazine articles about Elmira, a booklet titled "Then and Now in Boston" from 1927, an edition of the Chemung Historical Journal titled "When Tobacco was King," a chronology of Bradford County, J. Arthur Kieffer's certificate of honorable discharge from the US Army, various newspaper articles and pieces of correspondence to Kieffer, an edition of Heritage magazine from 1993, and a collection of the CCHS's newsletter, Banknotes, from 1991-1994.Papers0708
This folder contains newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, and illustrations of cathedrals and religion in Chemung County.Article0709
This folder contains a booklet and correspondence about the Elmira Free Academy Class of 1939 reunion, a list of students from the class of 1939, and thank-you cards to J. Arthur Kieffer for arranging the reunion.Booklet0710
This folder contains newspaper articles about railroads in Chemung County.Newspaper0711
This folder contains newspaper articles about the Rolling Mill industry.Newspaper0712
This folder contains illustrations of the Grand Bell of St. Peter's in Rome, and an article titled "Bells and France" by Genevieve S. Julian-Bown.Illustration0713
This folder contains articles, essays, notes, illustrations, images, and various papers on canals in Chemung County.Article0714
This folder contains notes from Municipal Historians meetings, as well as information about the different County Historian's districts.Notes0715
This folder contains newspaper articles and captions about breweries in Chemung County.Newspaper0716
This folder contains photocopied and original newspaper articles from the Elmira Daily Advertiser about old businesses from May 20, 1887.Newspaper0717
This folder contains essays about early mills in Chemung County.Essay0718
This folder contains newspaper articles about industry and business in Chemung County.Newspaper0719
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