|Creator:||Jordan, Florence Kroeger, d. 1987|
|Title:||Clarence L. Jordan papers|
|Quantity:||2.2 Linear feet (5 document boxes, 1 half box)|
Clarence L. Jordan was born in Talbotton, Georgia on July 29, 1912. 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 (1933) and his Th. M. (1936) and Ph. D. (1939) from the southern Baptist Seminary. After graduating, he became superintendent of City Missions for the Long Run Baptist Association. Jordan married Florence Kroeger on July 21, 1936 and had four children. He founded Kiononia Farms, a religious and interacial community near Americus, Georgia in 1942. Koinonia Farms was very progressive for its time, hiring blacks and whites, and paying them equally. Due to this, the KKK and other like-minded individuals attacked the Koinonia Farm. However, Clarence Jordan and his companions prevailed. Jordan was the author of The Sermon on The Mount (1952), The Cotton Patch Version of Paul's Epistles (1968), and The Cotton Patch Version of Luke and Acts (1969). Considering Jordan's degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia, the farm did well, particularly the pecan orchards. Jordan died of a heart attack while writing a sermon in 1969, but Koinonia Farm continued in his memory.
Much of the collection consists of correspondence written to Florence concerning Jordans's death and other topics. In addition to sympathy correspondence there are letters concerning legal matters and a telegram from Coretta Scott King. There are also numerous items dealing with Koinonia community, including the Safeway Scandal, insurance claims and racial violence. The collection also includes the original Koinonia commitment and the Coroner's Report on Clarence Jordan's death. The collection also contains correspondence related to Russell Treyz and Harry Chapin's musical adaptation of Jordan's Cotton Patch Gospels.
Arranged by record type. Organized into two series: Correspondence and miscellaneous.
Clarence Jordan papers. MS 2341. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The University of Georgia Libraries.
MS 2340 acts as a continuance/extension of MS 2341. Both concern Clarence Jordan, his life, and Koinonia Farm.