Request Material

Clarence L. Jordan papers

Clarence L. Jordan papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Clarence L. Jordan papers
Creator: Jordan, Clarence
Inclusive Dates: 1920-1984
Language(s): English
Extent: 15 Linear Feet 15 document boxes
Collection Number: ms2340
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

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

Correspondence, audiotape 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.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

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

Preferred Citation

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

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 November 13.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

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

Related Collections in this Repository

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

Related audiovisual item available in the Media Archive:

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. Transcripts

41Love Enemies (Part 1 of Goshen Series)
42Jesus the Rebel (Part 2 of Goshen Series)
43Jesus and Processions (Part 3 of Goshen Series)
44Metamorphosis (Part 4 of Goshen Series)
45Man from Gadera (Part 5 of Goshen Series)
46Substance of Faith Parts A-C
47-8Teaching from Luke Parts A-E
49New Testament Evangelism Part 1 Content of
51New Testament Evangelism Part 2 Methods of
5210 Commandments and Lord's Prayer #1 Parts A and B
53Introductory Translation - Sermon on the Mount
57Koinonia Story
58-9God Movement A-C
61-2God Movement D-F
63God Movement A-B
64God Movement
65New Testament Evangelism
66Ministers Under Pressure
67New Testament Evangelism
68I Corinthians 12-13 Study
71Parables of Jesus; Power from Parables I Ministers Conference. Union Seminary NYC.
72ACTS American Baptist Convention. Seattle, Washington.
73Being a Christian in A World of Violencce
74Adventures of 3 Students in the Firey Furnace.
75Koinonia - Work Life. Morehouse College. Lectures 1, 2, and 3.
77Draft the Boys at 65
78-9Sermon on the Mount and James
710Luke 6 and 7
711Goofed Up Bible - Luke
712Report to the People
713Christian Life and Renewal Week, Goshen
81Death of Jesus Christ; Hidden Springs Conf.
82-4Stony Point
85I and II Peter

3. Subject Files

261Beef Cattle Management
262Building Plans
263Coastal Bermuda Grass
265Electric Motors
267Equipment-Misc; Operating Instructions
271Field Crops-Business
272Field Crops-Crop Plans
273Field Crops-Records
275Fruits and Nuts
279Insect Poisons
2711Limestone and Fertilizer Orders
2712Meat Inspection
2713Meat Processing
2714Muscadine Grapes
283Repair of Household and Farm Equipment
284Roadside Market
285Soil Test
286Transportation-Business-Gasoline Refund Permit No. 7974
288War Surplus
289Water and Septic Tank Diagrams
2810Weed Killer
2812Winter Grazing
291Articles and Essays
292Clippings: Kesin, Mayor Elenor of Elkhart
293"Clarence", July 8, 1957
294The Church
295Boyle, Sarah-Address to Congregation of Second Baptist Church, L.A., California, "Rocketship to Freedom" (Includes clippings.)
296Braden, Carl First Amendment-House Un-American Activities
297Carter, Jimmy (clippings and publications)
298Clippings: News re: Clarence Jordans' death
299Clippings: Koinonia and Jordan
2911Church (Programs and Bulletins)
2912The Church (Sermons, Papers, Lectures, Printed material)
2913Cotton Patch Gospel: Clippings, pamphlets
2914Directions to Koinonia Farm
2915Daniel: Chapter 11 Notes
2916Drafts: Israels' Prophets and Their Preaching
301List of Transcriptions, Tapes and Summaries
302Lecture Series: Power From Parables
303Lecture: A People, Its Leader and Its God. The Life Work of Moses
304The Koinonia Story: Offprints
305Koinonia Pamphlets
307Finances: Annual Report
308Finances: Business Purchasing
309Finances: Citizens' Trust Company
3010Finances: General
3011Finances: Monthly Reports
3012Finances: Reports
3013Habitat for Humanity Conference; Report
3014The Hutterites, includes clippings
3016Israel, Report on Trip
3017The Kiplinger Washington Letter
3018Kotźe, Theo
3019Kotźe, Theo: Correspondence
3020Landscaping: Printed material
311McCracklin, Maurice Clippings, Newsletters, Misc. Information re: Arrest and Trial
312My Friend the Enemy (Book)
313The New Testament (Book)
316Outlines: Speeches
318Personal Memos
3110Play: The Hair-Shirt Republic by McLeod Bryan
3111Poems, Quotations, etc.
3112Printed Material-Misc.
3113Racial Violence: Newspaper Reports and Injunction
3114Reba Place Fellowship
3115Price Lists
3116Profile of Georgia (Clippings)
3117Property in Lucerne Valley, California
3118Relationship with Community Churches
3119Religious Publications
321Religious Publications
322Sermons: New Testament Preaching and the Liberation of Personality. Edward A. McDowell
323Study Guide on the Gospel According to St. John
325U.S. SERVAS Committee
326Term Deeds
327Sumter County vs. Koinonia Farm Inc. and Clarence Jordan
329Sumter County Grand Jury Presentments; includes clippings