Clarence L. Jordan papers

Clarence L. Jordan papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Jordan, Clarence
Title: Clarence L. Jordan papers
Dates: 1920-1984
Quantity: 14.0 Linear feet 32 document boxes, 1 carton, 1 half box
Coll. Number: ms2340

Biographical/Historical Note

Clarence L. Jordan (1912-1969) was born in Talbotton, Georgia. He was raised in the Baptist Church and at an early age was interested in becoming a Baptist minister. Jordan earned his B.S. degree at the University of Georgia, and his Th.M. and Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Seminary. After graduating, he became superintendent of City Missions for the Long Run Baptist Association. Jordan married Florence Kroeger in 1936 and had four children. He founded Kiononia Farms, a religious and interracial community near Americus, Georgia in 1942. Jordan was the author of The Sermon on The Mount, The Cotton Patch Version of Paul's Epistles, and The Cotton Patch Version of Luke and Acts.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, audiotapes and transcripts, and other papers, relating to Clarence Jordan, Koinonia Farm, a religious and interracial community near Americus, Ga., which he founded in 1942, and his Cotton Patch Gospels; together with correspondence to his wife, Florence (Kroeger) Jordan, concerning his death and legal matters. Includes correspondence to his mother while a student at University of Georgia and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, original Koinonia commitment, and coroner's report on Jordan's death. Topics include an alleged insurance claim scandal and racial violence.

Index Terms

Audiotapes, broadcasting equipment.
Baptist theological seminaries--Kentucky.
College students--Georgia.
Georgia--Agriculture--Farms and farming.
Georgia--Education--Universities and colleges.
Georgia--Race relations.
Jordan, Florence Kroeger, d. 1987 -- Correspondence
Kentucky--Education--Theological seminaries.
Koinonia Farm.
Property insurance claims.
Property insurance--Georgia.
Race relations.
Religious communities--Georgia.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. -- Students
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Athens.
Universities and colleges--Georgia.
Women--Georgia--History--20th century.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Gift of Mrs. Clarence Jordan, 1971, 1984, and 1985.

Preferred Citation note

Clarence L. Jordan papers, ms2340, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections include Clarence L. Jordan papers, ms2341, and Clarence L. Jordans papers, ms756.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence, 1942-1981

In the early years of correspondence, Clarence Jordan and other members of Koinonia write joint letters explaining their living situations, the reasoning behind their settlement in Georgia, and appealing for financial support. There is much correspondence with Hans-Hermann Arnold of the Society of Brothers/Bruderhof at Woodcrest, a similar religious community started in 1954 in Rifton, New York. Correspondence is not exclusively with Christian organizations.
In the middle years, correspondence to Clarence Jordan includes positive topics such as prospective donations but also negative topics such as accusations of Jordan being a Communist. In one reply, Jordan specifically lists the economic, legal, phsyical, and psychological attacks levied against Koinonia. In other correspondence, Jordan expresses stress over a trail about stealing tainted by the court's opinion of his treatment of race. Despite these struggles, Jordan is asked many times to speak at religious conferences across America.
Later correspondence prominently features many requests for Jordan to speak at churches and events. Carbon copies of Jordan's replies are often attached to the original letters. Millard Fuller's replies to Jordan's correspondence and later letters of condolences starting in late October 1969 after Jordan's death are also included. Letters after 1971 are mostly addressed to Florence Jordan.

2. Sound Recordings

Subseries 2A: Transcripts

41Love Enemies (Part 1 of Goshen Series)
2Jesus the Rebel (Part 2 of Goshen Series)
3Jesus and Processions (Part 3 of Goshen Series)
4Metamorphosis (Part 4 of Goshen Series)
5Man from Gadera (Part 5 of Goshen Series)
6Substance of Faith Parts A-C
7-8Teaching from Luke Parts A-E
9New Testament Evangelism Part 1 Content of
51New Testament Evangelism Part 2 Methods of
210 Commandments and Lord's Prayer #1 Parts A and B
3Introductory Translation - Sermon on the Mount
7Koinonia Story
8-9God Movement A-C
61-2God Movement D-F
3God Movement A-B
4God Movement
5New Testament Evangelism
6Ministers Under Pressure
7New Testament Evangelism
8I Corinthians 12-13 Study
71Parables of Jesus; Power from Parables I Ministers Conference. Union Seminary NYC.
2ACTS American Baptist Convention. Seattle, Washington.
3Being a Christian in A World of Violencce
4Adventures of 3 Students in the Firey Furnace.
5Koinonia - Work Life. Morehouse College. Lectures 1, 2, and 3.
7Draft the Boys at 65
8-9Sermon on the Mount and James
10Luke 6 and 7
11Goofed Up Bible - Luke
12Report to the People
13Christian Life and Renewal Week, Goshen
81Death of Jesus Christ; Hidden Springs Conf.
2-4Stony Point
5I and II Peter

Subseries 2B: Reel-to-reel

91-2The Ethics of Jesus, 1963 and undated
3Personal Faith
4Detroit Lecture on Ephesians 4-63 Master
5Lecture on Ephesians
6-12Sermon on the Mount and James (dub 1-7)
13Clarence Jordan Reading Sermon on the Mount
14Love Your Enemies
101Love Your Enemies, 1965 and undated
2-3Jesus the Rebel
4-5Jesus and Possessions
8Jordan-Intro. Translation-Sermon on the Mount
9Man from Gadera
111Parables-I, 1956-57 and undated
5Parables #2 Painesville, Ohio
6God at Work-I
7God at Work-II
8God at Work-III
9God Movement-I
121-2God Movement-II, 1968-69 and undated
3-4God Movement-III
5-6God Movement-IV
7Tape #3 Midwinters Pastor's Conference
8New Testament Evangelism-Content of
9New Testament Evangelism-Methods of
10#1 Sides 1 & 2 Ministers Conf. 4/69
131New Testament Evangelism
1223I Peter
133-4I & II Peter
5Stoney Point Conference-I
6-7Stoney Point Conference-II
8-9Stoney Point Conference-III
10Lecture Series #1 Baptist Ministers Conf./Morehouse College 7/4-7 1950
141Power from Parables-I
2-3Power from Parables-II
4Power from Parables-III
5Power from Parables-IV
6Detroit Lecture on Ephesians #1 4/63
7Whiskey #1 WSB 7/22/69
8Teaching from Luke
9"Lectures on Luke" #1 Side 1+2 Wisc. Baptist Convention.
1010 Commandments and the Lord's Prayer
151Lesson on the Mount
2Ministers Under Pressure dub-12 Aug 74
3I Cor. 12-13 Bible Study
4Substance of Faith
5Study of Acts
6Being a Christian in Today's World.
7Adventures of Three Students in the Firey Furnace
8"Luke 6" "Goofed Up Bible" #1
10Clarence Jordan- Findlay St.
11Christian Pacifism
12Unknown Tape #1
3Tape 45 Part 3, Tape 44, Tape 69 Pt. 1
4Tape #69 Part 2
161Sermon on the Mount
2Incarnating Brotherhood
3Prodigal Son
4American Baptist Seattle '69
5Sermon on the Mount
6"Christian Life + Renewal Wee" #1 "Judas" WGCS Goshen, Ind 2/11/65
7Koinonia Story
8Record if there's anything on it
9Hidden Springs
10Report to the People
11Americus Meeting
171Scott Morrison Interview with Clarence Jordan
2Ephesians 1+2
3Ephesians 3+4
4Ephesians 1+2 Master Tape
5Ephesians 3+4 Master Tape
6Ephesians 1+2 Detroit 1963 Master
7Ephesians Copy B
8Ephesians 3+4 Copy C
9Ephesians Lectures 1 and 2 ABC Detroit 1965 Copy D
181Ephasians 1+2 Detroit 1965 Copy E
2Letter to Ephisians
3"Whiskey" #1 WSB
4Memorial Service for Clarence Jordan
5Clarence Jordan tells the Koinonia Story
6National Public Radio Koinonia Farm segment. Air date: Sept. 7, 1971.
7Bible Lectures of Ephesians #1 ABC Detroit 1963
9Draft the Boys at 65
10Draft the Boys at 65
11"The Death of Jesus Christ" #1 Nashville, Tenn.
191The Death on Jesus Christ. #1 Nashville, Tenn.
2Prodigal Son.
3Rich Man and Lazarus
4Hidden Springs Conf.
5Man from Gadera
6Sermon on the Mount
7-9Stoney Point Conf. 1/69 Reels 1-3
201Clarence Jordan tells Koinonia History 1959
2The Sabbath is the Way of Life
3The Death of Jesus Christ. Nashville, Tenn.
4Teaching from Judge 17 and 18.
5Episode from Acts
6-10Koinonia Conference Parts 1-5
211-7Koinonia Conference Parts 6-12
8Koinonia Conference 8-20-68 #13
9Koinonia Conference 8-12-68 #14 (Part of Side 1)
2340-1Koinonia Farms Scrapbooks microfilm
241Millard Fuller, 1 reel
2W.S.A. Darker Brother "All men are Created Equal," #6, 1972 November 20
3Clarence Jordan- Sermon on Mt. and James, reel 2-B
4Boyce Van Osdell- Now is the Time and a Half- ABC (on reel with Baptists in Asian Church Mission), 1969
4U Kyaw Than- Baptists in Asian Church Missions (on reel w/ Now is the Time...)
5Gardner Taylor- A New Creation- ABC, Seattle (on reel w/ We Walk the Edge), 1968
5James Christison- We Walk the Edge of the New (on reel w/ A New Creation)
6James Cone #1- Human Relations Council, B[irming]ham Symposium, 1971 october 21
7Midwinters Pastors Conference #3, undated
8Unidentified reel
9Bird calls
251Misc. Music.
264 Man from Godera
4Clarence Jordan. Bible Study 5-A&B 3 3/4ips Dual Track
5-6Christian Involvement Seminar Reel
7ABC Seattle '69
8-11Ladon Sheats Address
12Coordinators tape #3 Ben Johnson
11The Koinonia Story as told by Clarence Jordan.33 1/2 record.
1Adventures of Three Students in the Firey Furnace
2Methods of New Testament Evangelism, 1966
3Being a Christian in Today's World
4New Testament Evangelism - Content of
5Personal Faith
6New Testament Evangelism - Copy
7New Testament Evangelism - Methods of
9Stoney Point Conference I
10N.T. Evangelism. No. Bapt. Theo. Sem. Master.
11God Movement. #1 Yokefellow Institute 3/4-6/68
12God Movement II
13Master New Testament Evangelism - Methods
14New Testament Evangelism
15Power from Parables
16Clarence Jordan reading Sermon on the Mount
17Love Your Enemies
18Memorial Service for Clarence Jordan
19Satire on Smoking. #1 8/11/67
20Episodes from Acts
21I Cor. 12-13 Bible Study
22Stoney Point Conference II
23Man from Gadera
25God at Work II
26God at Work I
27Jesus the Rebel
28New Testament Evangelism
29Man from Gadara
30Ephesians #1 Master
31Jesus and Possessions
32Incarnating Brotherhood
33Sermon on the Mount and James III
34Koinonia Story. #1 West Cincinnati, Ohio. 1956 or 1957.
3510 Commandments and the Lord's Prayer
36Ladon Sheats Address
37Ramone S. Eaton. Am Nat'l Red Cross
38Sermon on the Mount Green Lake Aug 64
331-3Sermon on the Mount and James I, II, and III

Subseries 2C: Audio cassette tapes

22Lecture on Ephesians
22Sermon on the Mount and James
22Love your Enemies; Metamorphosis
22The God Movement
221st and 2nd Peter
22Stony Point Conference
22Power From Parables
22Teaching from Luke
22Ministers Under Pressure
22Substance of Faith
22A Christian in Today's World
231Three Students in a Fiery Furnace, copy 2
2-5Episodes from Acts I-IV, 2 sets, Koinonia Records (not transcribed)
6-7God at Work part 1 and 2, copy 3, Koinonia Records (not transcribed)
8-9Personal Faith part 1, Koinonia Records (not transcribed)
10-14Dr. Swomley #1-5 (not transcribed)
15-22Dr. Swomley #6-10 and 2 test dupliates of #10 (not transcribed)
23Millard Fuller: Marble Young Adults- NYC (not transcribed), 1971 March 21
24-28Graham Polkingham parts #1-5 (not transcribed)
29-32Graham Polkingham parts #1, 3-5 (not transcribed) [unclear if duplicate of above]
33-37Graham Polkingham parts #6-10, copy 4 (not transcribed)
38-41Graham Polkingham, Session 2-5 (not transcribed)
42-46Graham Polkingham tapes #1-5, copy 4 Koinonia Records (non-transcribed) [probable duplicate of above]
151Tape #45 Part 1
2Tape #45 Part 2
163Tape #51
4Tape #54 Hidden Springs Conference
1-2Americus Meeting
171Scott Morrison Interview with Clarence Jordan
181NPR Koinonia Farm Segment. Airdate Sept. 7, 1971.
201-5Koinonia Conference Duplicates Parts 1-5
191-3Stoney Pt. Conference 1/69 Reel 2 Duplicate
211-9Koinonia Conference Duplicates Parts 6-14
251-2Miscellaneous tapes
11-2Bratcher 1st session. King or God?
3Bratcher 2nd session. Unknown.
4-5Bratcher 3rd session. Kingdom and Posesssions. Life in the Kingdom.
6Bratcher 4th session. Discussion on Jesus the Revolutionary. Life in the Kingdom.
7-8Bratcher 5th session. Life in the Kingdom. Christmas and the World.

3. Subject Files

Agricultural Information and Farm Management

261Beef Cattle Management
2Building Plans
3Coastal Bermuda Grass
5Electric Motors
7Equipment-Misc; Operating Instructions
271Field Crops-Business
2Field Crops-Crop Plans
3Field Crops-Records
5Fruits and Nuts
9Insect Poisons
11Limestone and Fertilizer Orders
12Meat Inspection
13Meat Processing
14Muscadine Grapes
3Repair of Household and Farm Equipment
4Roadside Market
5Soil Test
6Transportation-Business-Gasoline Refund Permit No. 7974
8War Surplus
9Water and Septic Tank Diagrams
10Weed Killer
12Winter Grazing
291Articles and Essays
2Clippings: Kesin, Mayor Elenor of Elkhart
3"Clarence", July 8, 1957
4The Church
5Boyle, Sarah-Address to Congregation of Second Baptist Church, L.A., California, "Rocketship to Freedom" (Includes clippings.)
6Braden, Carl First Amendment-House Un-American Activities
7Carter, Jimmy (clippings and publications)
8Clippings: News re: Clarence Jordans' death
9Clippings: Koinonia and Jordan
11Church (Programs and Bulletins)
12The Church (Sermons, Papers, Lectures, Printed material)
13Cotton Patch Gospel: Clippings, pamphlets
14Directions to Koinonia Farm
15Daniel: Chapter 11 Notes
16Drafts: Israels' Prophets and Their Preaching
301List of Transcriptions, Tapes and Summaries
2Lecture Series: Power From Parables
3Lecture: A People, Its Leader and Its God. The Life Work of Moses
4The Koinonia Story: Offprints
5Koinonia Pamphlets
7Finances: Annual Report
8Finances: Business Purchasing
9Finances: Citizens' Trust Company
10Finances: General
11Finances: Monthly Reports
12Finances: Reports
13Habitat for Humanity Conference; Report
14The Hutterites, includes clippings
16Israel, Report on Trip
17The Kiplinger Washington Letter
18Kotźe, Theo
19Kotźe, Theo: Correspondence
20Landscaping: Printed material
311McCracklin, Maurice Clippings, Newsletters, Misc. Information re: Arrest and Trial
2My Friend the Enemy (Book)
3The New Testament (Book)
6Outlines: Speeches
8Personal Memos
10Play: The Hair-Shirt Republic by McLeod Bryan
11Poems, Quotations, etc.
12Printed Material-Misc.
13Racial Violence: Newspaper Reports and Injunction
14Reba Place Fellowship
15Price Lists
16Profile of Georgia (Clippings)
17Property in Lucerne Valley, California
18Relationship with Community Churches
19Religious Publications
321Religious Publications
2Sermons: New Testament Preaching and the Liberation of Personality. Edward A. McDowell
3Study Guide on the Gospel According to St. John
5U.S. SERVAS Committee
6Term Deeds
7Sumter County vs. Koinonia Farm Inc. and Clarence Jordan
9Sumter County Grand Jury Presentments; includes clippings