University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Barbara Jordan Papers, 1974-2009



Creator Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
Title: Barbara Jordan papers
Dates: 1974-2009
Abstract: Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was the first African-American state senator in Texas, and the first woman and first African-American representative elected to Congress from Texas. She taught political ethics at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The Barbara Jordan papers contain letters written by Jordan, as well as materials pertaining her teaching, the dedication of the Barbara Jordan statue on the UT campus in 2009, and the memorial service for her held at UT in January 1996.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03860
Extent: 1.75 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Barbara Charline Jordan was born on February 21, 1936, in Houston, Texas. She attended Houston's segregated public schools and graduated magna cum laude with debating honors from the all-black Texas Southern University. She earned her law degree from Boston University in 1959 and served as an attorney in Houston.

In 1966, Jordan was elected as the first African-American state senator in Texas, and she went on to be the first woman and first African-American elected to Congress from Texas. She was the first African-American woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, in 1976. She retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979 to teach political ethics at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jordan had multiple sclerosis, and she died from viral pneumonia as a complication of leukemia at the age of 59, on January 18, 1996.


Scope and Contents

The Barbara Jordan papers, 1974-2009, contain a letter from U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan to Tom and Jo Zion concerning the impeachement of President Nixon on July 31, 1974; a note from Barbara Jordan to Nancy Earl written in 1975 that accompanies the book An Inquiry into the Human Prospect by Robert L. Heilbroner; original student notes, syllabus, papers, exams, and a photo of students and Jordan from a graduate class titled "Political Values and Ethics," taught by Jordan in the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs in Fall of 1979; a letter from Jordan to Mildred Thorp of May 1988; and a program, placards, and a sketch signed by sculptor Bruce Wolfe from the unveiling and dedication of the Barbara Jordan statue on the UT campus on April 24, 2009. Additionally, the papers pertain to the Barbara Jordan memorial service held on January 28, 1996, including a clipping from "On Campus," January 30, 1996, and a CD recording of the service, duplicated from audio cassettes placed in the archives by the UT Office of the Associate Vice President for Administration and Public Affairs.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is restricted. Contact repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Earl, Nancy
Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
Thorp, Mildred
Wolfe, Bruce
Corporate Names
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
The University of Texas at Austin
Subjects
Memorial service
Statues
Places
Austin
Texas
Document Types
Sculpture

Related Materials

See also the UT Office of Community Relations, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Records, the UT Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs Records, and the UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition Archive.

See also Congresswoman Barbara C. Jordan Papers, 1936-1996 at the Department of Special Collections, Robert James Terry Library at Texas Southern University.


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Material Culture Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barbara Jordan Papers, 1974-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Hocker, 2008.

Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, September 2016, and Colleen Hobbs, October 2019.


OCLC Number

961214354


Accession Numbers

90-149; 96-099; 2008-014; 2008-068; 2009-114, 2017-165


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2.325/A76c [SRH1230000731] Letter from Barbara Jordan to Mildred Thorp, May 10, 1988
An Inquiry into the Human Prospect by Robert L. Heilbroner (includes note from Barbara Jordan to Nancy Earl, blank check for Nancy Earl, and Delta Airlines Boarding Pass), 1975
Items from the unveiling and dedication of the Barbara Jordan statue on the UT campus - one program, two placards, and a sketch signed by sculptor Bruce Wolfe, April 24, 2009
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2X325 [SRH1230019835] Clipping, audiocassettes, and CD recording of Barbara Jordan's memorial service at the University of Texas, January 28, 1996
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3A198 [SRH1230015075] Photograph of "Political Values and Ethics" fall semester class and Jordan, 1979
Correspondence from Barbara Jordan to T.E. Zion, 1974
Course syllabus for "Political Values and Ethics", 1979
Lecture notes, 1979
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4A461b [SRH1230025312] Student papers, 1979
Conditions Governing Access
Student papers restricted in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).