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Collection TitleCL 30 Richard Seem CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:4/8/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Richard Seem in 1993.

Clubs; Elmira (N.Y.); Newspaper publishing; Scrapbooks


Richard Seem- Richard Seem was born in Elmira, NY on April 20, 1915.  He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1933 and from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Finance in 1937.  A month later, he began work at the Elmira Star-Gazette as an advertisement salesman.  During WWII, he left the paper to serve in the United States Navy and, in 1942 he married Margaret Osmun of Horseheads while on leave.  After the war, he returned to the Star-Gazette, this time as the retail advertisement manager.  He went on to serve as the papers business manager and chief accountant until he retired in June 1977.  Outside of work, Seem was active in the Elmira Rotary Club which he joined in 1952.  From 1960 to 1961, he served as the president of that organization.


The Richard Seem Collection contains three scrapbooks about Elmira from early 1900's and 1940's.  It also includes documents relating to Richard Seem's term as president of the Elmira Rotary Club from 1960 to 1961, various newspaper clippings ranging in date from 1939 to 1964, letters by Frank Tripp and a small collection of bills and receipts dating from 1886 to 1928.

Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1873-1972
AbstractThis collection contains scrapbooks about Elmira, Rotary Club documents, newspaper clippings and various documents relating to the Star-Gazette.   

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Scrapbook of Elmira-related news articles, 1891-1919. Scrapbook10001
Scrapbook of Elmira news articles, 1940-1942. Scrapbook10002
Scrapbook of Elmira news articles, 1939-1943. Scrapbook10003
Richard Seem's Lambda Sigma Fraternity membership certificate, December 21, 1931.Document20001
Framed group photograph of 41 teenage boys, 1931. Photograph20002
Folder contains the Elmira Rotary Roar from July, 1960 to July 27, 1961. Newsletter201
Elmira Rotary Club Committee Reports and Plans, 1960-1961. Document20201
Elmira Rotary Club membership roster, 1960-1961. Booklet20202
Program for the 51st Annual Rotary International Convention, May 31, 1960. Program20203
Elmira Rotary Club Birthday Fund Receipts and Disbursements, July 1, 1956-June 30, 1957. Document20204
Elmira Rotary Club Birthday Fund Receipts and Disbursements, July 1, 1960-June 30, 1961.Document20205
A Brief Story of 1960-1 by 1960-61 Rotary Club President Dick Seem, November 27, 1990. Document20206
Newspaper clippings about Richard Seem and Elmira Rotary Club, 1961-1977. Newspaper Clippings20207
Examples of ads sold by Richard Seem in the Star-Gazette, 1939-1940. Newspaper clippings20300
Sarah Fraser's receipt for payment of State & County Taxes for 1885, paid April 13, 1886. Receipt20401
Cornelius Connor's reciept for State & County Taxes for 1887, paid August 3, 1888. Receipt20402
Cornelius Connor's receipt for State & County Taxes for 1888, paid January 2, 1889. Receipt20403
Cornelius Connor's receipt for State & County taxes for 1890, paid July 24, 1891. Receipt20404
Sarah Fraser's receipt for State & County taxes for 1893, paid April 9, 1894. Receipt20405
Sarah Fraser's receipt for State & County taxes for 1896, paid January 9, 1897. Receipt20406
E.K. Dodd's receipt for State & County taxes for 1901, paid January 13, 1902. Receipt20407
E.K. Dodd's receipt for State & County taxes for 1902, paid February 17, 1903. Receipt20408
Sarah Fraser's receipt for City taxes for 1890, paid August 25, 1890. Receipt20409
William Fraser's receipt for City taxes for 1898, paid July 19, 1898. Receipt20410
William Fraser's receipt for City Taxes for 1899, paid August 5, 1899. Receipt20411
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