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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 70 Lain-Carpenter Family CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:November 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by James Canfield in 2010. 
Terms:Elmira Heights (N.Y.); Genealogy -- Carpenter family; Genealogy -- Lain family
Historical:Lain-Carpenter Families - The Lain and Carpenter families of the Twin Tiers were united in 1890 with the marriage of Jennie P. Lain and Smith F. Carpenter.  The couple settled in Elmira Heights where Smith ran a small variety store.  Their children include David, Smith and Harriet Carpenter.  Jennie was an avid genealogist and the record keeper for the Lain family reunion. 
Scope:The Lain-Carpenter Family Collection contains genealogical notes on the Lain and Carpenter families; photograph albums of the families and Elmira Heights, 1860s-1900; local history scrapbook, 1940s; Lain family reunion material 1920s-40s. 
Extent1 Linear Foot
Date Span1850-1975
AbstractThis collection contains photographs and genealogical material collected by and about members of the Lain and Carpenter families. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Lain family photograph album featuring family members from Elmira, Middletown, NY and Newton, NJ, ca. 1860s. Photograph Album010101
Carpenter Family photograph album featuring childhood images of twins David L. and Smith J. Carpenter, their sister Harriet Carpenter and various Carpenter and Lain cousins, ca. 1890s. Photograph Album010201
Genealogical notes on the French, Carpenter and Polly families, 168os-1950s.Notes010301
Notes on the personal recollections of various Lain family members, 1925. Notes010401
Record of Lain Family Reunions, August 1924-January 1943. Notes010501
Notebook containing information about the Lain Family reunion of 1925 and lists of births, deaths and marriages for the Lain family, ca. 1920s. Notebook010601
Newspaper clippings, letters and miscellaneous notes relating to Lain and Carptenter family genealogies. Notes010701
Book - The Girls' Birthday Book, ca. 1920s. Entries for Carpenter and Lain family birthdays. Book010801
Souvenir postcards of Elmira Heights with views of Conewawah Inn, Union Free School, 18th Street, Empire Bridge Shops, D.L. & W. Station and Village Hall, ca. 1910s. Postcards010802
Memorial program for the funeral of George D. Lain, September 8, 1967. Program010803
Letterhead for Orrin F. Towner, Empire Bridge Co. employee, ca. 1910s. Document010804
Invitation to the wedding of Kathleen Louise Salmon and Edward P. Coon at North Presbyterian Church, Elmira, January 25, 1975. Invitation010805
Invitation to a baby shower for Carol Gizzi of Elmira, January 18, 1975. Invitation010806
Business card for David B.L. Carpenter, Prudential Insurance Co. agent, Hulett Building, Elmira. Business Card010807
Newsletter - THe North Star, North Presbyterian Church, January 19, 1965. Newsletter010808
Newspaper - Orange and Blue, Thomas A. Edison High School, Elmira Heights, May 1931. Newspaper010809
Book - Theoretical and Practical Book-Keeping by Double and Single Entry, 1887. Allen Business College of Elmira textbook. Book010810
Program - The Elmira Heights Lodge Masonic Minstrels, March 31-April 1, 1948. Program010811
Letterhead - Frederick A. Searles, stationery & office supplies, 122 E. Water St, Elmira. Document010812
Photograph - David B. Carpenter and friends play baseball, 1914. Photograph010813
Genealogical notebook regarding the Carpenter, French, Lain and Van Sickle families. Notebook020101
Photograph Album - Charles Van Aken's views of Elmira Heights, ca. 1900. Includes 18th Street; W. 9th Street; Oakwood Ave; Oak Ridge Hotel and Pavilion; Oakwood Methodist Church; 14th Street; Elmwood Ave; Village Hall and Fire Station; Elmira Heights School; Eclipse Bicycle Works; Queen City Knitting Mills; Grand Central Ave. Table Factory; Campbell Knitting Mills.Photograph Album020201
Marriage certificate for Smith F. Carpenter and Jennie P. Lain, Jackson Summit, PA, April 23, 1890. Marriage Certificate020301
Jennie P. Carpenter's scrapbook, ca. 1940s. Topics include: Elmira Heights; Elmira history; winter storms of 1940; Steele Memorial Library; Sullivan-Clinton Expedition. (Photocopy)Scrapbook020401
Newspaper clippings regarding Sullivan-Clinton sesquecentennial pageant, September 29, 1929. Newspaper Clippings020501
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