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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 TitleCL 93 Deister Family CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Bonnie Deister in 2002 and 2016.
Extent.5 linear feet

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Diary - Wilhelmina Desiter, Elmira school teacher, 1925.Diary010001
Deister family scrapbook, 1882-1904, featuring obituaries of notable locals; images of local politicians; and local news stories.Scrapbook010002
Diploma issued to John Stephens Deister by the Elmira Free Academy, June 27, 1928.Diploma010004
Henry L. Deister scrapbook, 1925-1928, featuring articles related to Deister family; local businesses; Elmira Association of Commerce; local obituaries; misc. local topics.Scrapbook010004
This folder contains the following photographs: John S. Deister; Henry Deister; John Henry Deister; Carrie Deister Mander; Mabel Cornelia Daggette; Deister family, ca. 1920s; dinner party for George Sweeney, 1908; Elmira School No. 1 eighth grade class, 1891; Deister residence, 817 E. Water Street; Elmira Free Academy (EFA)staff, ca. 1900; Lyceum Café interior. Photographs010101
Certificate of Confirmation issued to Catharine Charlotte Hockengerger, March 20, 1864. (In German)Certificate010201
Invoice from Bundy Bros. Groceries to William Stephens, ca. 1880.Invoice010202
Beneficiary Certificate issued by the Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen of the United States to brother William Stephens of Unity Lodge No. 65, November 14, 1904.Certificate010203
Letter from City Clerk regarding John H. Deister's appointment as caretaker of the City Clock, May 11, 1899.Letter010204
Letter from City Clerk regarding John H. Deister's appointment as caretaker of the City Clock, April 11, 1900.Letter010205
Invitation to the Legislative Reception at the Executive Mansion sent by Governor Dix to John H. Deister, February 7, 1911.Invitation010206
Receipt for salary paid to Fred E. Scharf by Henry L. Deister, Chemung County Treasurer, December 20, 1912.Receipt010207
(12) Receipts for taxes paid by Michael Deister to the Elmira City Chamberlain, 1879-1903 (inc.)Receipt010208
Certificate of membership in the Elmira Steamer Fire Company No. 1 issued to Michael Deister, July 10, 1866.Certificate 010209
Stamp for special taxes for dealers of manufactured tobacco products issues by the United States Internal Revenue Service for Michael Deister, April 19, 1876.Stamp010210
Stamp for special taxes for retail liquor dealers issues by the United States Internal Revenue Service for Michael Deister, May 2, 1882.Stamp010211
Letter from Bob Jerome of the Mark Twain Society thanking John Deister for sending a flag from Klapproth's Tavern, December 6, 1980.Letter010212
Program - For Fair Virginia at the Lyceum Theatre, January 8, 1897.Program010213
Handbill - The Simple Arithmetic of Working With the Elmira Association of Commerce, 1934.Handbill010214
Newspaper clippings regarding the political career of John H. Deister; retiring teacher Wilhelmina Desiter; John Deister's store. Newspaper Clippings010215

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