Clarence L. Jordan papers

Clarence L. Jordan papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Jordan, Clarence
Title: Clarence L. Jordan papers
Dates: 1920-1970
Quantity: 13.6 Linear feet (32 document boxes, 1 half box, 3 oversized folders A, 3 oversized folders B)
Coll. Number: ms756

Biographical/Historical Note

Clarence Jordan (1912-1969), a white Southern Baptist minister, cofounded Koinonia Farm in Sumter County and translated many New Testament books into the "Cotton Patch" versions, colloquial interpretations set in the American South. Jordan committed his ministry to racial reconciliation and economic justice. A gifted preacher and teacher, he was a popular and frequent speaker at progressive religious gatherings across the United States from the 1940s through the 1960s.

Koinonia was the Christian farm community that Jordan and his wife Florence co-founded in 1942. It is considered to be the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity, among other charities.

For more information, see the article "Clarence Jordan (1912-1969)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters, pictures, clippings, manuscripts, programs, printed materials, notes, file cards, and other materials concerning the life, career, and writings of the late Dr. Clarence Leonard Jordan, founder of Koinonia Farms, an agricultural missionary enterprise, and inter-racial community. The early letters, largely from Clarence Jordan to his mother, are most revealing as to the character of the man. The many clippings and printed materials about Clarence Jordan and Koinonia also give insight into the community life, and the programs indicate the wide demand for Dr. Jordan as a speaker. The collection also includes the manuscripts, both written and typed, with annotations and/or corrections and revisions of many of Dr. Jordan's writings, particularly the Cotton Patch versions of the Gospels.

The collection is arranged into folders but for the most part it has been described at container level.


Arrangement

Arranged into five series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Personal papers and manuscripts; Series 3. Koinonia; Series 4. General; and Series 5. Oversized material.


Index Terms

Apocryphal Gospels.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence.
Jordan, Clarence -- Correspondence
Koinonia Farm. -- History
Manuscripts (document genre)
Missionaries--Georgia--Americus--Correspondence.
Missionaries--Georgia--Americus.
Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Clarence L. Jordan papers. MS 756. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence

Box
11927-1941 ( 14.0 folders )
Box
21942-1953 ( 16.0 folders )
Box
31954-1956 ( 9.0 folders )
Box
41957 ( 14.0 folders )
Box
51958-1959 ( 7.0 folders )
Box
61960-1965 ( 12.0 folders )
Box
71966-1968 ( 7.0 folders )
Box
81969-1973 ( 10.0 folders )
 

Series 2: Personal Papers and Manuscripts

Box
9Biographical Note ( 7.0 folders )
Box
10Speaking Engagements (programs, schedules, etc.), (1940-1963) ( 18.0 folders )
Box
11Cotton Patch Gospels ( 21.0 folders )
Box
12Cotton Patch Gospels ( 12.0 folders )
Box
13Lessons ( 31.0 folders )
Box
14Lessons ( 18.0 folders )
Box
15Printed material by and about Clarence Jordan ( 8.0 folders )
Printed material by Jan Jordan ( 8.0 folders )
Box
16Notes ( 6.0 folders )
Box
17School and camp notebook kept by Clarence Jordan, (1920's-1950's) ( 7.0 folders )
Box
18School Textbooks
Diary, (1943)
Report to the People Script, (1956)
Speech by Dallas Lee
 

Series 3: Koinonia

Box
19General Information
Newsletters
Box
19BNew Jersey
Camp
Printed Material
BoxFolder
201Accounts
2Insurance
3Legal Documents
4Guest Lists
5Mailing Lists
Box
21Pictures
Scrapbooks
 

Series 4: General

Box
22Intentional Communities ( 21.0 folders )
Box
23Non-violence ( 7.0 folders )
Box
24Race Relations/Civil Rights
Human Relations
Economics
Box
25Misc. Writings not by Clarence Jordan ( 8.0 folders )
Box
26Printed Material (misc.) ( 7.0 folders )
Box
27Printed Material (misc.) ( 7.0 folders )
Box
28Newspaper Clippings, (1929-1964) ( 25.0 folders )
Box
29Newspaper Clippings, (1965-1974) (n.d.) ( 13.0 folders )
Box
30Misc. ( 18.0 folders )
Box
31Duplicates (Printed) ( 5.0 folders )
Box
32Duplicates ( 7.0 folders )
 

Series 5: Oversized material

OS Folder
1A2 sketches, 1 photograph of Jordan
OS Folder
2A2 photographs with truck, train
OS Folder
3BBlowup image of Jordan (1 of 2)
OS Folder
4BBlowup image of Jordan (2 of 2)
OS Folder
5BMisc. posters, district map
OS Folder
6A2 vinyl records of Clarence Jordan lectures- The Great Banquet and Metamorphosis