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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.

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

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Collection TitleJAK J. Arthur Kieffer CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
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This folder contains the newspaper series "The Passing Show" written by George S. Crandall.Newspaper0720
This folder contains newspaper articles focused on local Elmira history.Newspaper0721
This folder contains essays, newsletter, newspaper articles, and various papers on education in Chemung Valley.Essay0722
This folder contains newspaper articles, notes, articles, essays, and images about Romanians in Elmira (although the label is titled "gypsies").Newspaper0723
This folder contains a description of the Chemung County Historian position, quotes about history, the minutes from the 1999 Municipal Historians meeting, and the guidelines for local government historians in New York.Papers0724
This folder contains writings by J. Arthur Kieffer about Charles Atkin and the Chemung River, and newspaper articles about the history of Elmira. Essay0725
This folder contains the published works of J. Arthur Kieffer. Essay0801
This folder contains an essay titled "Chemung County Business Schools," notes and edits to the aforementioned essay, and an essay titled "The Publick Square and First Courthouse and Gaol of Chemung County" by J. Arthur Kieffer.Essay0802
This folder contains an essay titled "Why Bother with History" by J. Arthur Kieffer, quotes by Kieffer, an essay about Funeral Directors, an essay titled "Willowbrook, Home of the Divens," an essay about horseracing, an essay on the Chemung County Jail, newspaper articles written by Kieffer, and a list of essays written by J. Arthur Kieffer.Essay0803
This folder contains the wartime journals of J. Arthur Kieffer. Journal0804
This folder contains newspaper articles, invitations, pamphlets, and certificates of awards presented to J. Arthur Kieffer.Newspaper0805
This folder contains awards and information to J. Arthur Kieffer and his wife, Sophie Kieffer, for their flower competitions.Award0806
This folder contains correspondence to J. Arthur Kieffer, a copy of the 1992 Annual Report by J. Arthur Kieffer, the Kieffer Coat of Arms, a description of the Chemung County Historian's position, and various newspaper articles about Chemung County.Correspondence0807
This folder contains newspaper clippings about J. Arthur Kieffer.Newspaper0808
This folder contains stationary with the header of re-electing J. Arthur Kieffer, the NSM Historical Journal Volume 19 with an article on J. Arthur Kieffer, and the 1974 edition of "The Rotarian" magazine.Stationary0809
This folder contains a chronological record of the flood of 1972 by J. Arthur Kieffer.Record0810
This folder contains the NSM Historical Journal Volume 19 with an article written by J. Arthur Kieffer, Volume 140 of Banknotes, a Dedication of Museum Renovations from 1993, pamphlets from Saint Casimir's Roman Catholic Church and Union Lodge, the appointment of J. Arthur Kieffer as County Historian, correspondence from the Chemung County Nursing Facility to J. Arthur Kieffer, a newspaper article titled "Chemung rings in new school" by Joey West, and a birthday card to J. Arthur Kieffer. Article0811
This folder contains a bundle of booklets, all of which reference J. Arthur Kieffer, correspondence to J. Arthur Kieffer, newspaper clippings about J. Arthur Kieffer, and various papers referencing J. Arthur Kieffer.Booklet0812
This folder contains memorabilia of J. Arthur Kieffer's, including newspaper clippings, correspondence, posters, images, and various papers. Memorabilia0813
This folder contains newspaper articles and photographs about Chemung County Historians. Newspaper0814
This folder contains a Pictorial Review of 1941 in Elmira and an essay titled "Chronicles of Chemung Valley" by J. Arthur Kieffer.Newspaper0815
This folder contains newspaper clippings and writings about looking back at history, and individuals in Chemung Valley. Newspaper0816
This folder contains newspaper articles, a short biography of J. Arthur Kieffer, correspondence to J. Arthur Kieffer, essays, and various papers labeled "trivia."Newspaper0817
This folder contains newspaper articles labeled "trivia" by J. Arthur Kieffer.Newspaper0818
This folder contains photocopied images of individuals and buildings in Chemung County.Image0819
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