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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 photocopied newspaper ads, an essay titled "Chronicles of Chemung Valley" by J. Arthur Kieffer, various newspaper articles, handwritten notes titled "Men of Importance," and an essay on tobacco in Elmira.Newspaper0820
This folder contains newspaper articles of the Haydn S. Pearson column.Newspaper0821
This folder contains forms and correspondence about labor in Chemung County.Form0822
This folder contains newspaper articles about or including J. Arthur Kieffer.Newspaper0823
This folder contains a handwritten note titled "History of Legislature Rug in the Legislature Chamber."Note0824
This folder contains newspaper feature articles, writing by Amy M. Gilbert about pioneer women in Elmira, articles by Geroge S. Crandall, an essay titled "Yesteryear and the Batterson Chimney," handwritten notes about women of importance, and an essay about business in Elmira.Article0825
This folder contains newspaper articles reflecting on the history of Elmira.Newspaper0826
This folder contains trivia, including newspaper articles, images, lists, and various papers about the Village of Elmira, a list of streets in Elmira, Mills by Frances Brayton, a history of the buildings, historic sites, Kapproth Restaurant, an early history by Maxwell, an article on the "Tallest Man," and an article on Fosters Pond.Trivia0827
This folder contains newspaper articles, handwritten notes, and various papers labeled "trivia." Newspaper0828
This folder contains newspaper articles about the history of Chemung Valley.Newspaper0829
This folder contains newspaper articles and a booklet titled "Highlights of History in Chemung County" published by the CCHS.Newspaper0830
This folder contains photographs of or taken by J. Arthur Kieffer, a booklet of the architecture of Elmira, and awards given to J. Arthur Kieffer.Image0901
This folder contains a framed award from St. Joseph's Hospital and an award from the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame, both for J. Arthur Kieffer.Award0902
This folder contains J. Arthur Kieffer's resume, questionnaire, application, and quotes. Resume0903
This folder contains J. Arthur Kieffer's journal from 1972.Book0904
This folder contains J. Arthur Kieffer's journal from 1974.Journal0905
This folder contains J. Arthur Kieffer's journal for 1977, bound in book format. Book0906
This folder contains a guestbook of all attendees of J. Arthur Kieffer's retirement party, a leather wallet that holds J. Arthur Kieffer's business card inside, a collection of Boy Scout Certifications for J. Arthur Kieffer, golf course cards, newspaper articles about J. Arthur Kieffer being placed in the Sports Hall of Fame, and an essay written by Keffer titled "History Outline of the United States Cavalry."Booklets0907
This folder contains newspaper articles about J. Arthur Kieffer.Newspaper0908
This folder contains newspaper articles about J. Arthur Kieffer, as well as a photocopy of his passport and social security card.Article0909
This folder contains an article about Nathan Teall's genealogy written by Kieffer, correspondence from Leon Johnson and Roxanne Peterson to Kieffer, newspaper clippings about J. Arthur Kieffer, and blank letterhead of Kieffer's.Article0910
This folder contains images and photographs of J. Arthur Kieffer.Image0911
This folder contains an essay about the Chemung County 2nd Courthouse written by Kieffer and bound in a booklet, a booklet written by Kieffer about John and Anna Diachun, Kieffer's autobiography, an essay titled "The Publick Square and First Courthouse and Gaol of Chemung County" by Kieffer, and the unpublished biography of Brinton Paine.Booklet0912
This folder contains correspondence with J. Arthur Kieffer, photos sent to Kieffer, the 11th volume of the Pathfinder Newsletter, an a booklet from the 75th Anniversary of the Elmira Rotary Club.Correspondence0913
This folder contains two copies of J. Arthur Kieffer's autobiography.Booklet0914
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