Clarence L. Jordan papers

Clarence L. Jordan papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Jordan, Clarence
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 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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Georgia--Race relations.
Jordan, Clarence -- Cotton patch gospel
Jordan, Clarence -- Death and burial
Koinonia Farm.
Religious communities--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Clarence Jordan papers. MS previous hit2341. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

MS 2340 acts as a continuance/extension of MS 2341 next hit. Both concern Clarence Jordan, his life, and Koinonia Farm.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence, 1962-1984

11June 1962-December, 1964
2Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
3Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
4Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
5Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
6Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
7Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
8Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
9Re. Jordan's Death, 1969
10Re. Jordan's Death, 1970
11Re. Jordan's Death, Undated
12Cards, re. Jordan's Death, 1969 and 1970
21Cards, re. Jordan's Death, 1969
2Cards, re. Jordan's Death, 1969
3Cards, re. Jordan's Death, Undated
4Cards, re. Jordan's Death, Undated
5Telegrams, re. Jordan's Death
6January, 1970-December, 1972
7February, 1973-October, 1975
8January, 1976-December, 1976
9January, 1977-October, 1977
10January, 1978-February 1979
11March 1979-February 1980
12March 1980-May 1980
13June 1980-August 1980
14October 1980-December 1981
31January 1982-May 1982
2June 1982-November 1984

Series 2: Miscellaneous

34Coroner's Report, re. Jordan's Death, 1969
5Misc. Items, re. Clarence Jordan
6Misc. Items, re. Clarence Jordan
7Misc. Items, re. Clarence Jordan
8Corres. to Henlee Barnette, re. Clarence Jordan
9 Kingdom Building, containing essays by Clarence Jordan and Millard Fuller
10Misc., re. Cotton Patch Gospel
11Comments and Reviews on The Cotton Patch Versions
12Comments and Reviews on The Cotton Patch Versions
13Comments and Reviews on The Cotton Patch Versions
14Comments and Reviews on The Cotton Patch Versions
15Comments and Reviews on The Cotton Patch Versions
16Photographs, re. Cotton Patch Gospel
41Box Office Statements, re. Cotton Patch Gospel, 4/11/82-2/14/82
2Box Office Statements, re. Cotton Patch Gospel, 2/7/82-12/21/81
3Box Office Statements, re. Cotton Patch Gospel, 12/20/81-11/13/81
4Prince of Peace Cantata by Karen Miller
5Misc. Items, re. Florence Jordan
16Minutes of Meetings-Koinonia
6Newspaper Clippings, re. Cotton Patch Gospel, Clarence Jordan and Koinonia
7Koinonia Newsletters, 1942-1972
8Koinonia Newsletters, 1972-1980
9Misc. Articles, re. Koinonia
10Information on Camp Koinonia
11Koinonia Commitment with Signatures
12Receipts, re. Griffin Lumber Co.
13Insurance Papers, re. Koinonia
51Press Statements
2Safeway Scandal
3Corres. and Receipts, re. Spivey Building
4Kiononia Update
5Lightfoot Films, re. Koinonia, 1980
6Misc. Items, re. John Beecher
7Printed Material, re. Integration
8Printed Material, re. Integration
9Misc. Printed Material
10Misc. Printed Material
11Sumter High School Annual, 1970
12Printed Articles by Bo Turner
13Writings by Others
6Misc. Writing (Correspondence, receipts, etc)