Clarence L. Jordan papers

Clarence L. Jordan papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Clarence L. Jordan papers
Creator: Jordan, Florence Kroeger, -1987
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1984
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.2 Linear Feet 5 document boxes, 1 half box
Collection Number: ms2341
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

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 September 11.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Related Collections in this Repository

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
12-10Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969-1970
111Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, undated
112Cards, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969-1970
21-2Cards, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969
23-4Cards, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death, undated
25Telegrams, Regarding Clarence Jordan's Death
26-14January 1970-December 1981, 1970-1981
31-2January 1982-November 1984, 1982-1984
33Undated correspondence

2. Miscellaneous

34Coroner's Report - Clarence Jordan's Death, 1969
35-7Misc. Items - Clarence Jordan
38Correspondence to Henlee Barnette - regarding Clarence Jordan
39Kingdom Building, containing essays by Clarence Jordan and Millard Fuller
310Miscellaneous - Cotton Patch Gospel
311-15Comments and Reviews on The Cotton Patch Versions
316Photographs - Cotton Patch Gospel
41-3Box Office Statements - Cotton Patch Gospel, 1981-1982
44Prince of Peace Cantata by Karen Miller
45Miscellaneous Items - Florence Jordan
416Minutes of Meetings-Koinonia
46Newspaper Clippings - Cotton Patch Gospel, Clarence Jordan and Koinonia
47Koinonia Newsletters, 1942-1972
48Koinonia Newsletters, 1972-1980
49Miscellaneous Articles - Koinonia
410Information on Camp Koinonia
411Koinonia Commitment with Signatures
412Receipts - Griffin Lumber Co.
413Insurance - Koinonia
51Press Statements
52Safeway Scandal
53Correspondence and Receipts - Spivey Building
54Kiononia Update
55Lightfoot Films - Koinonia, 1980
56Miscellaneous Items - John Beecher
57-8Printed Material - Integration
59-10Miscellaneous Printed Material
511Sumter High School Annual, 1970
512Printed Articles by Bo Turner
513Writings by Others
6Correspondence, receipts

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