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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 04 Thomas-Rockwell CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed BySue Rogan, Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:February 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Dr. Jack Thomas in 1991.
Terms:Diaries; Elmira (N.Y.)
Historical:Sarah B. Rockwell Antes-Sarah Rockwell, originally of Horsehead, NY, came to Elmira during the 1890s and worked as a clerk while boarding at her brothers' home on Oak St.  In 1895 she married Wilbur M. Antes (1870-1960), the son of James and Addie Antes, originally of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Antes held a number of jobs including carriage painter, carpenter and inspector for Wyllis-Morrow and later Remington Rand.  The couple had two daughters, Leona and Arlene who married Conway D. Thomas and a Mr. Minard respectively.  Sarah Antes died in 1954 and Wilbur Antes died December 4, 1960. 

The Thomas-Rockwell collection contain the diaries of Mrs. Sarah Rockwell Antes from 1893-1896 and 1933-1948; material relating to the estates of Sarah and Wilbur Antes; and material collected by the Antes and Thomas families.


Material involving bank records and social security numbers are restricted from public access until 2050.

Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1882-1965
AbstractThe Thomas-Rockwell Collection contains material related to the Rockwell, Antes and Thomas families of Elmira, NY.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Diaries - Sarah Rockwell, 1893-1896.Diaries0101
Diaries - Sarah Rockwell Antes, 1933-1945.Diaries0102
Small metal box with address cards.Box0201
Sarah Rockwell homemade cookbook, ca. 1910s.Cookbook0202
Booklet - Our Roster and Recipes by the Auxiliary No. 49 to General A.S. Diven Camp No.77 Sons of Union Veterans, 1942.Booklet0203
Booklet - Edward MacHugh's Treasury of Gospel Hymns and Poems, 1938.Book0204
Guest Book ledger for the 50th anniversary celebration of Weber and Sarah Rockwell Antes, December 16,1945.Ledger0205
Diaries - Sarah Rockwell Antes, 1946-1948.Diaries0206
Autograph Album belonging to Sarah Rockwell, signed members of the Rockwell, Slow and Snyder families, 1882. Album0207
Certificate of Appointment in the Matter of the Estate of Sarah B. Antes, February 23, 1954.Document020101
Notice of Entry of Order Assessing Tax for the Estate of Wilbur Antes, April 25, 1961.Document020102
Letter from James E. Personius, attorney, to Mrs. M. Leona Thomas regarding the Wilbur M. Antes Estate, May 9, 1961. Letter020103
Letter from James E. Personius, attorney, to Mrs. Arlene Minard regarding the Wilbur M. Antes Estate, May 12, 1961.Letter020104
Final financial reckoning for the estate of Wilbur M. Antes.Document020105
Bank statement with cancelled checks from the Estate of Wilbur M. Antes, January 10,1961 to May 22,1961.Document020106
Invitation to the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Antes, January 4, 1916.Invitation020201
Postcard of St. Petersburg, Florida sent to Mrs. Wilbur Antes, February 17,1931.Postcard020202
Letter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction to Mr. Wilbur Antes regarding his date of birth, August 14, 1940. (Includes envelope)Letter020203
Invitation to the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Sarah Rockwell Antes and Wilbur M. Antes, December 16, 1945.Invitation020204
Certificate of Enrollment in the Cradle Roll Department of St. Luke's Sunday School for Arlene Rockwell Antes, May 29, 1908.Certificate020301
Conway Thomas social security card.Identification Card020303
Certificate from The American National Red Cross to Leona Thomas for service during the Second World War, December 1945. (Includes envelope)Certificate020304
Pamphlet - Lest We Forget...Eternal Vigilance is The Price of Freedom: A Portfolio of Freedom, 1943.Pamphlet020305
Conway Thomas Ivy Lodge No. 397 membership card, December 31, 1965.Membership Card020306
Newspaper clippings concerning the Brickpond Belles sewing club; Oak Leaf Club; obituaries of Miss Harriet Overton and Miss Ida Friendburg.Newspaper Clippings0204
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