Finding aid created by: Brien Puff
Date: April 26, 2022
|26 Apr 2022||collection processed (BRP)|
|16 Aug 2022||finish processing, update finding aid (RMH)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Perryville Methodist Church (Perryville, N.Y.)|
|Title:||Perryville (N.Y.) Methodist Church records|
|Quantity:||9.5 linear feet|
|Abstract:||Church records, books, financial records, church bulletins, and similar material from the Perryville Methodist Church, founded in 1831 and located in Perryville, Madison County, New York|
|Language:||All collection materials are in English.|
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
The Perryville United Methodist Church is located in Perryville, a small hamlet in Madison County, New York. In 1880's History of Chenango and Madison Counties, author James Hadden Smith reported that the church was first organized in 1831 by Charles Blakeslee. The church's meetings were initially held in the local schoolhouse above a wagon shop before the church's own building was completed in 1839. Around the time of the church's 100th anniversary, the congregation consisted of 113 active members. The church, at different times throughout its active history, has been a part of the Cayuga district, Cazenovia district, Oneida Conference, and Central New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since its inception, the church has been known by several different names, including the Perryville Methodist Church, the Perryville Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Perryville United Methodist Church.
Currently, the church is still located at 2770 Perryville Road with a reported congregation of nine, according to its profile on the United Methodist Church's website.
Perryville (New York) Methodist Church Records contains church administrative records, church conference records, church group records, financial records, printed materials, and Sunday School records
Church administrative records contains administrative documents as well as records pertaining to the church building's centennial (1939) and 125th (1964) anniversary.
Church conference records contains minutes from the Quarterly Conference of the Perryville Charge (1883-1917) and Central New York Conference meetings (1869-1879).
Church group records contains materials from the church's Builders Club (undated), Epworth League (1898-1912, 1916-1923), Ever Ready Class (1918-1934, 1940-1943), Ladies Aid Society (1911-1937), Women's Foreign Missionary Society (1891-1924), and Women's Society of Christian Service (1937-1953) groups.
Financial records contains financial documents from the church leadership and several of the church groups, including cancelled checks, ledgers, and records of payments.
Printed materials contains printed and published materials used by the Church and its Sunday School, including texts (for teachers and students), a Bible inscribed with the church's name, and unpublished dedication service programs from 1948.
Sunday School records contains class registers (for 1859-1876 and most years from 1917-1966) and secretary's books (covering most years from 1915-1963).
Miscellaneous contains oversize labels possibly from a previous filling system.
According to a history contained in this collection, many of the earliest records from the Perryville Methodist Church were either lost or destroyed. Thus, the documents in this collection are the only known historical records of the church and are incomplete.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by type and then chronologically.
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.
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Perryville Methodist Church (Perryville, N.Y.)
Perryville United Methodist Church (Perryville, N.Y.)
Church buildings--New York (State)
Church records and registers -- New York (State)
Epworth League (U.S.)
Methodist Church -- United States -- History.
Methodist Episcopal Church. Woman's Foreign Missionary Society.
Sunday school teachers -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Sunday schools -- Exercises, recitations, etc.
Sunday schools -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Sunday schools -- New York (State)
Sunday schools -- Records.
Women's Society of Christian Service.
New York (State) -- Religious life and customs.
Genres and Forms
Bibles moralisees (commentaries)
Checks (bank checks)
Ledgers (account books)
Minutes (administrative records)
Sunday school teachers.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Perryville (New York) United Methodist Church Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of the Perryville Methodist Church, 1969.
Church administrative records
Church conference records
Church group records
Sunday School records
|Church administrative records|
|Box 1||90th Anniversary program undated|
|Box 1||125th Anniversary documents 1964|
|Box 1||Annual reports 1964|
|Box 1||Board meeting notes 1911-1957|
|Box 1||Church centennial documents 1939|
|Box 1||Church record books 1869-1893|
|Oversize 1||Church record books 1917-1942|
|Church conference records|
|Box 1||Central New York Conference meeting minutes 1869-1879|
|Box 1||Quarterly Conference of the Perryville Charge meeting minutes 1883-1917 (2 folders)|
|Church group records|
|Box 1||Builders Club Group registers undated|
|Box 1||Epworth League pamphlet 1913|
|Box 1||Epworth League secretary's books 1898-1900|
|Box 2||Epworth League secretary's books 1900-1912, 1916-1923 (9 folders)|
|Box 2||Ever Ready Class secretary's books 1918-1934 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Ever Ready Class secretary's books 1930-1943 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Ladies Aid Society correspondence 1937-1938, undated|
|Box 3||Ladies Aid Society secretary's books 1872-1940 (4 folders)|
|Box 4||Women's Foreign Missionary Society secretary's books 1891-1924 (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Women's Society of Christian Service meeting minutes 1937-1953 (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Women's Society of Christian Service record and report books 1945, 1948-1949 (3 folders)|
|Box 4||Advertising correspondence 1935|
|Box 4||Cancelled checks 1962-1963 (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Cancelled checks 1963-1935 (7 folders)|
|Box 5||Church treasurer's records 1897-1907 (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Church treasurer's records 1917, 1920-1928 (7 folders)|
|Box 7||Church treasurer's records 1928-1932, 1940-1946, 1949-1950, 1959-1964 (6 folders)|
|Oversize 2||Church treasurer's records 1936-1939, 1941-1943, 1945-1946, 1948-1958 (11 volumes)|
|Box 7||Epworth League treasurer's records 1911, 1919-1921 (2 folder)|
|Box 8||Epworth League treasurer's records 1931-1933, 1942|
|Box 8||Records of payment 1867-1868|
|Box 8||Receipts 1938-1939, 1965-1966, undated (10 folders)|
|Box 8||Sunday School treasurer's books 1915-1920|
|Oversize 3||Comprehensive Analysis of the Bible by Montgomery F. Essig 1922|
|Box 8||Dedication Service programs 1948|
|Box 8||Directory of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Perryville and Chittenango Falls, N.Y. 1896|
|Oversize 5||The Holy Bible 1864 - contains Old and New Testaments, apocrypha, index, and more|
|Oversize 4||The Pictorial New Testament by Rev. Lyman Abbott, D.D. 1881|
|Box 8||Pupil's books 1929, 1931, 1963|
|Box 9||Teacher's books 1928-1929, 1935, 1938, 1943, 1963 (5 folders)|
|Sunday School records|
|Box 9||Sunday School Class Registers 1859-1876, 1917-1922, 1925-1938 (7 folders)|
|Box 10||Sunday School class registers 1938-1944, 1947-1949, 1951-1957, 1961-1962, 1965-1966, undated (9 folders)|
|Box 11||Sunday School correspondence 1953, undated|
|Box 11||Sunday School secretary's book 1924-1948, 1951-1956, 1960-1964 (9 folders)|
|Oversize 2||Labels 1862, 1872-1947|