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Oak Street Methodist Church (Binghamton, N.Y.) Records

An inventory of its records at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oak Street Methodist Church (Binghamton, N.Y.)
Title: Oak Street Methodist Church (Binghamton, N.Y.) Records
Inclusive Dates: 1913-1976
Quantity: 2 linear ft.
Abstract: Methodist church in Binghamton, New York; in existence 1891-1976. Collection includes attendance records (1971), material pertaining to church history (1913-1974), reports (1968-1976), correspondence (1966-76), and financial records (1966-1976).
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Oak Street Methodist Church was located in Binghamton, New York; it was also known as Oak Street Methodist Episcopal Church and Oak Street United Methodist Church. The church began in 1891 as a summer Sunday school, and the building was dedicated in 1893. The church was located at 219 Oak Street (corner of Oak and Gaines Streets) in Binghamton, with the parsonage nearby at 3 Elm Street. Faced with declining membership and problems related to its inner city location, the church closed in 1976.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Oak Street Methodist Church (Binghamton, N.Y.) Records consists of business files, correspondence, financial files and legal files.

Business files includes a church history and related material. Correspondence contains general correspondence spanning the late 1960s and early 1970s. Financial files contains cancelled checks and check stubs, financial reports, and paid bills. Legal files contains insurance records for the building.

There are also unprocessed additions which are not yet open to researchers.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Business files are arranged alphabetically by type. All other series are arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections relating to church and clergy in and around Central New York. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Oak Street Methodist Church (Binghamton, N.Y.) -- Archives.
Oak Street Methodist Episcopal Church (Binghamton, N.Y.) -- Archives.
Oak Street United Methodist Church (Binghamton, N.Y.) -- Archives.


Church records and registers -- New York (State) -- Binghamton.
Methodist Church -- New York (State) -- Binghamton.
Methodists -- New York (State) -- Binghamton.
Methodists -- United States.


New York (State) -- Religious life and customs.

Genres and Forms

Church registers.
Financial records.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Oak Street Methodist Church (Binghamton, N.Y.) Records
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: CMV
Date: 2 Nov 1979
Revision history: 22 Sep 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Business files
Box 1 Attendance records 1971
Box 1 Church history
Box 1 Material pertaining to church history 1913-1974
Box 1 Reports 1968-1976
Box 1 General 1966-1976
Financial files
Box 1 Cancelled checks 1967-1976 (10 folders)
Box 1 Check stubs 1972-1976
Box 1 Financial reports 1967-1976
Box 1 Financial secretary's records 1965-1976
Oversize 1 Official church treasurer's records 1966-1975
Box 2 Paid bills 1967-1974 (8 folders)
Box 3 Paid bills 1975-1976 (2 folders)
Legal files
Box 3 Insurance papers 1965-1976

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