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Collection TitleMC 24 Elmira CollegeCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:October 2009

The items in the Elmira College Collection were donated the Booth Library by various individuals. 

Terms:Education; Elmira College; Elmira (N.Y.); Women's colleges
Historical:Elmira College - Elmira College, located in the City of Elmira, was chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York on October 23, 1853 and opened in October of 1855.  The College was origianally known as Elmira Female College during its early years.  It was the first college in the nation designed to offer women a four-year degree.  Elmira College became co-educational in 1969.  College presidents have included Dr. Augustus Cowels (1856-1889); Dr. Wilson Phraner (1889); Dr. Charles Van Norden (1889-1893); Dr. Rufus S. Green (1893-1896): Dr. Alexander MacKenzie (1896-1915); Dr. John Balcom Shaw (1916-1918); Dr. Frederick Lent (1918-1935); Dr. William S.A. Pott (1935-1949); Dr. Lewis Eldred (1949-1954); Dr. John Murray (1950s).
Scope:The Elmira College Collection consists of material relating to the college, its students and alumnae including programs, newsletters, promotional publications, financial reports, course catalogs, booklets and student publications ranging in date from 1838 to the present.
Extent2 linear feet
Date Span1838-2009
AbstractThe Elmira College Collection contains newsletters, certificates, programs, booklets, directories and other documents relating to the institution and its former students.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Booklet - Simeon Benjamin: Founder of Elmira College, 1792-1868 by Boyd McDowell, 1930. (2 copies)BookletA0101
Essay - Biography of Darius Reynolds Ford, Elmira College Professor 1863-1898.DocumentA0102
Booklet - Elmira College Bulletin: Memorial Number with biographies of Charles Farrar and Lena Ford, April 1923.BookletA0103
Biography of Mrs. Mary Scott Lord Harrison. DocumentA0104
Essay - History of Elmira College by John C. Greves, 1924.ManuscriptA0105
Essay - History of the Elmira College Observatory and Recollections of the Meteor Shower of 1868.ManuscriptA0106
Script - Elmira College, Radio Drama, 1942.ScriptA0107
Pamphlet - Facts Concerning the Founding of Elmira College by William Eliot Griffis.PamphletA0108
Booklet - Elmira College Bulletin: Elmira College, Its Organization, Legal and Legislative History, April 1926.BookletA0109
List of Elmira College Faculty and Trustees, 1855-1955.ManuscriptA02
Pamphlet - Ten Reasons for Choosing Elmira College, ca. 1910s.PamphletA0301
Booklet - Elmira College Bulletin: Opportunities for Women, May 1916. BookletA0302
Booklet - Elmira College Bulletin: Elmira College Academic Buildings, Halls of Residence and Campus, March 1917. BookletA0303
Booklet - Elmira College Bulletin: One Reason Why Women Go To Elmira College, March 1921.BookletA0304
Booklet - Elmira College: The Pioneer of Colleges for Women, 1922.BookletA0305
Booklet - I Am Elmira College, 1923.BookletA0306
Pamphlet - Elmira College Bulletin: Elmira College--First-born Among Many Daughters by Paul Patton Faris, January 1924.PamphletA0307
Booklet - Elmira College: The Pioneer College for Women, February 1924.BookletA0308
Pamphlet - Elmira College Bulletin: Elmira College--First-born Among Many Daughters, April 1924.PamphletA0309
Booklet - Elmira College: The Pioneer of Colleges for Women, 1926.BookletA0310
Booklet - Elmira College Bulletin: The Tenth Generation by Harry Stillwell Edwards, March 1928.BookletA0311
Booklet - Elmira College: The Pioneer College for Women, 1931.BookletA0312
Pamphlet - Elmira College Bulletin: The Elmira Spirit, October 1937.PamphletA0313
Pamphlet - Elmira College Bulletin: Elmira College - The Pioneer College For Women, January 1939. Pamphlet A0314
Booklet - Elmira College Bulletin: An Introduction, May 1943.BookletA0315
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