Clarence L. Jordan papers

Clarence L. Jordan papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Jordan, Florence Kroeger, d. 1987
Title: Clarence L. Jordan papers
Dates: 1962-1984
Quantity: 2.2 Linear feet 5 document boxes, 1 half box
Coll. Number: ms2341

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

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.

Index Terms

Georgia--Race relations.
Jordan, Clarence -- Death and burial
Jordan, Florence Kroeger, d. 1987
Koinonia Farm.
Religious communities--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Clarence Jordan papers. ms2341, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository include Clarence Jordan papers, ms2340, and Clarence Jordan papers, ms756.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence, 1962-1984

11General, 1962-1964
2-10Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969-1970
11Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, undated
12Cards, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969-1970
21-2Cards, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969
3-4Cards, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, undated
5Telegrams, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death
6-14January 1970-December 1981, 1970-1981
31-2January 1982-November 1984, 1982-1984
3Undated correspondence

2. Miscellaneous

34Coroner's Report - Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969
5-7Misc. Items - Clarence Jordan
8Correspondence to Henlee Barnette - regarding Clarence Jordan
9 Kingdom Building, containing essays by Clarence Jordan and Millard Fuller
10Miscellaneous - Cotton Patch Gospel
11-15Comments and Reviews on The Cotton Patch Versions
16Photographs - Cotton Patch Gospel
41-3Box Office Statements - Cotton Patch Gospel, 1981-1982
4Prince of Peace Cantata by Karen Miller
5Miscellaneous Items - Florence Jordan
16Minutes of Meetings-Koinonia
6Newspaper Clippings - Cotton Patch Gospel, Clarence Jordan and Koinonia
7Koinonia Newsletters, 1942-1972
8Koinonia Newsletters, 1972-1980
9Miscellaneous Articles - Koinonia
10Information on Camp Koinonia
11Koinonia Commitment with Signatures
12Receipts - Griffin Lumber Co.
13Insurance - Koinonia
51Press Statements
2Safeway Scandal
3Correspondence and Receipts - Spivey Building
4Kiononia Update
5Lightfoot Films - Koinonia, 1980
6Miscellaneous Items - John Beecher
7-8Printed Material - Integration
9-10Miscellaneous Printed Material
11Sumter High School Annual, 1970
12Printed Articles by Bo Turner
13Writings by Others
6Correspondence, receipts