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Finding Aid for Alexander and Shirlene Stewart Pentecostal Collection, 1925-1993
Inventory of the Alexander and Shirlene Stewart Pentecostal Collection, 1925-1993
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
©2000 The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. All rights reserved.
This inventory was prepared under the auspices of the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The project, which was funded by the Lilly Endowment, was established to identify, preserve and acquire primary research materials essential for the documentation of African-American religious life.
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Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Provenance: Gift of Alexander and Shirlene Stewart
The Alexander and Shirlene Stewart Pentecostal Collection was donated by Alexander Stewart, Assistant Historian of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, to complement the DuPree African-American Pentecostal Collection. It documents the doctrines and activities of four African-American Pentecostal denominations: Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, founded by Robert C. Lawson in 1919; Bible Way Church World Wide, founded by Smallwood Williams in 1927 as a Washington, D.C. congregation of Lawson's Church and incorporated as a denomination in 1927; Church of The Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, founded by Sherrod C. Johnson in 1933 after a split with Lawson; and United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God, founded in 1919 to assist missions.
Scope and Content Note
The collection includes miscellaneous programs, clippings, correspondence, sermons, articles, journals, and other printed material.
Series Description/Container List
The folder includes programs for memorial services for Smallwood Williams and his daughter, musician and educator Pearl Williams-Jones, and an obituary for Smallwood Williams.
The folders contain miscellaneous correspondence; clippings on Refuge Temple in New York and Robert C. Lawson, and Solomon's Temple in Detroit, and its pastor William L. Bonner; several issues of Contender of the Faith; a souvenir journal for Solomon's Temple; a 1932 brochure for Lawson's Industrial Union Training School in North Carolina; and other printed material. Also included are writings by Lawson and Bonner, including a lesson on homosexuality, and a scholarly paper on missions by Alexander Stewart with a response by Kenneth D. Gill.
The folder includes a 1948 issue of Guiding Light containing a sermon by Sherrod C. Johnson and biographical information; an obituary for Johnson; excerpts from a statement regarding the church dress code; and a 1989 letter discussing the death of Johnson and subsequent split in the denomination.
The folder contains a program of the 72d National Convention with a historical statement and lists of officers and tenets of faith.