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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 TitleCL 44 Lila R. Seeley CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:June 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Beverly Lewis in 2010.
Terms:Clubs; Elmira (N.Y.)

Lila R. Seeley - Lila Rawson Seeley was born in Tioga, PA and married Edward Seeley of Elmira.  The couple lived for many years at 1112 Ovid Street in Elmira and had a farm house on East Hill.  Lila worked at Loomis & Hall Photo Studio as well as Madelyn's Grill while Edward worked in the construction trade.  The two were active in various social clubs including the Order of the Moose, Junior League, Eastern Star and Daughters of the American Revolution.  During prohibition, the couple engaged in bootlegging and ran a speak-easy in their home.  They had one daughter, Frances Seeley Lewis (1912-1984).  Edward died in a fire in 1954 and Lila died in 1984. 

Scope:The Lila R. Seeley Collection includes a scrapbook, 1940s-50s; photographs, 1940s-50; and miscellaneous material, 1930s-80s.
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1874-1984
AbstractThis collection contains photographs, scrapbooks and miscellaneous items related to the Seeley family. 

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Lila R. Seeley scrapbook, 1936-1945. Features weddings, obituaries and misc. events from Elmira and surrounding area and vacation material from Ft. Myers, Florida. Scrapbook0101
Pocket soap leaves compliments of Endicott Lodge No. 1065 Loyal Order of Moose, Endicott, ca. 1940s. Document010201
Thank you letter from the Rudd Family to the Seeleys, ca. 1940s. Letter010202
Check from the First National Bank of Hornelsville, 1874. Check010203
Pamphlet - Fort Myers Beach Where you Have Plenty of Room to Enjoy Bathing, Fishing, Shelling, Boating, ca. 1940s. Pamphlet010204
Invitation to the fourth annual outing of the Happy Days Club at Sullivan's Monument, August 23, 1942. Document010205
Business card - San Carlos Inn at the Bridge, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, 1940. (2 copies)Trade Card010206
Invitation to the third annual outing of the Happy Days Club at Sullivan's Monument, August 10, 1941. Document010207
Invitation to the second annual outing of the Happy Days Club at Sullivan's Monument, August 25, 1940. Document010208
Program - Annual Mid-Winter Conference of the Women of the Moose, ca. 1940s. Program010209
Trade Card - Green Lantern Tea Room, Lowman Road, 1936. Trade Card010210
Business Card - Log Cabin Tourist Camp, Raleigh, North Carolina, ca. 1940s. Trade Card010211
Business Card - The Pines restaurant and bar, Fort Myers, Florida, ca. 1940s.Trade Card010212
Program - 45th Anniversary of Local 324 of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America, Elmira, April 11, 1946. Program010213
(4) Christmas greeting cards from Nelson J. Acker; Herb & Betty Hall; the Stolzes; and Harold & Peg Jones, ca. 1940s.Greeting Cards010214
Beer bottle lables from American Nut Brown Ale; FLA Special Brew Beer; and The Original Old German Brand Beer, ca. 1940s.Document010215
Pamphlet - The Story of Barbara Fritchie compliments of the Barbara Fritchie Chocolate Shoppe, Frederick, Maryland, ca. 1940s. Document010216
Baseball Program - New York Giants vs. Cleveland Indians, Fort Myers, Florida, March 23, 1940. Program010217
Unidentified photographs. Photographs010218
Get-well card from the Eastern Star Elmira Rebecca Lodge #423. Greeting Card010301
Seeley family Christmas card, ca. 1940s. Greeting Card010302
Frances W. Seeley's diploma from Southside High School, June 28, 1932.Certificate010303
Merchant's Acceptance Corporation of Elmira payment coupon book, May 13, 1944. Document010304
Program - Central Trades and Labor Assemby of Elmira Fiftieth Anniversary Dinner, Mark Twain Hotel, June 17, 1944. Program010305
Program - Southside High School Baccaulareate Service, Riveside United Methodist Church, June 21, 1970. Program010306
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