University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Barbara Jordan Papers, 1975-2009



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
Title: Jordan, Barbara, papers
Dates: 1975-2009
Abstract: Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was the first black state Senator in Texas, the first woman and first black elected to Congress from Texas, and taught political ethics at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The papers contain letters written by Ms. Jordan as well as materials pertaining to 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.
Accession No.: 90-149; 96-099; 2008-014; 2008-068; 2009-114
OCLC No.: 961214354
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

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, Ms. Jordan was elected as the first black state Senator in Texas, and she went on to be the first woman and first black elected to Congress from Texas. She was the first black woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, in 1976. She retired from the House in 1979 to teach political ethics at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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

Source:

New York Times Obituary of Barbara Jordan, accessed September 27, 2016


Scope and Contents

The Barbara Jordan Papers, 1975-2009, contain 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; a letter from Ms. Jordan to Mildred Thorp of May 1988; a framed set of Eleanor Roosevelt stamps from the first day of issue, October 11, 1984; 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 places in the archives by the UT Office of the Associate Vice President for Administration and Public Affairs.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
Thorp, Mildred
Earl, Nancy
Wolfe, Bruce
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
Memorial service
Statues
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

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 Artifacts Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barbara Jordan Papers, 1975-2009, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/A76c 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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2.325/D26f Framed set of Eleanor Roosevelt stamps from first day of issue, October 11, 1984
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2X325 Clipping, audiocassettes, and CD recording of Barbara Jordan's memorial service at the University of Texas, January 28, 1996