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Collection TitleMC 61 UtilitiesCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:October 2011
Provenance:The items in this collection were given to the Booth Library by various donors. 
Terms:Drinking water; Electric utilities; Elmira (N.Y.); Gas companies; Municipal water supply; Public utilities.
Historical:Utilities - Elmira Gas Light Company, Elmira's first utility, was founded in 1852 by the Arnot family.  Other early utilities include the Elmira Water Works, New York & New Jersey Globe Gas Light Co. and the New England Power Company.  Electricity was first available in the City of Elmira in 1878 from the Elmira Water, Light and Railroad Company.  In 1910 the company was acquired by Associated Gas & Electric.  Over the years the company has gone through several name changes but is now New York State Electric and Gas Corporation a.k.a NYSEG.

The Utilities Collection includes bills, booklets, notices, company newsletters and other assorted documents associated with Chemung County utilities from 1852 to the present.

Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1852-present

This collection contains documents related to water, gas and electric companies in Chemung County. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Notebook - Surveys and Levels made by Robert M. McDowell for the Elmira Water Works Co., 1869.NotebookA0101
(4) Bills and Invoices from the Elmira Water Works Co. sent to Rosa Spaulding and LeGrand Carr, 1893-1899. InvoiceA0102
Bill from the Elmira Gas Light Company for J. Carrier of 423 Lake Street, October 1856. BillA0201
Ledger - Elmira Gas Light Company meter readings, April 1866-January 1867.LedgerA0202
Invoice and receipt from the New York & New Jersey Globe Gas Light Co. to LeGrand Carr, 1888-1897. InvoiceA0301
List of the Board of Directors for the New England Power Company, ca. 1900s. Includes J. Sloat Fassett.DocumentA0302
Bills and invoices form the Elmira Water, Light and Railroad Company, 1913-1930, for the following customers: J. Andrake; Caroline Carr; Valerie Dow; Lobdell & O'Hare.BillA0401
Elmira Water, Light & Railroad Co. sticker, ca. 1910s.StickerA0402
Invitation to the Elmira Water, Light & Railroad Company annual Christmas party at Rorick's Glen, December 29, 1906. InvitationA0403
Report on the state of the Elmira Water, Light & Railroad Company by Sanderson & Porter, engineering firm, April 25, 1914. ManuscriptA0404
Magazine - The Associated Magazine, Associated Gas & Electric Co. newsletter, July 1933. MagazineA0501
Recipe cards compliments of Elmira Light, Heat & Power Corp., ca. 1930s. Recipes include chicken tamale, roast fowl, mushroom medley, grapefruit gelatine salad, tuny noodles & westinghouse speghetti.RecipeA0502
Bills from New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) for Julia Brooks, 1947. BillA0601
Booklet - New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) Electric Rates as Reduced Effective November 1, 1945. BookletA0602
Notice of denial of service from New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) for improper equipment installation, December 1946. NoticeA0603
Booklet - A Century of Service To the People of New York State: New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG), October 1952. BookletA0604
Booklet - The Lines Centennial Issue: New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG), 1952. BookletA0605
Booklet - A Progress Report on Atomic Power for the Empire State, New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG), 1961. BookletA0606
Booklet - Planning A Program? Get a Speaker From New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG), 1975. BookletA0607
Booklet - A Building Dedicated to Service: New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) Customer Service Center, 1 Electric Parkway, Horseheads, December 1975. BookletA0608
Membership roster for the Quarter Century Club of the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) Elmira-Hornell Chapter, May 6, 1976. DocumentA0609
New York State Electric & Gas Corp. (NYSEG) stationery envelope, 1989. EnvelopeA0610

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