William H. Jordan, Jr. CollectionWilliam H. Jordan, Jr. Collection

William H. Jordan, Jr. Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: William H. Jordan, Jr. Collection
Creator: Jordan, William H., 1929-
Dates: 1963-1978
Extent: 3.0 boxes (.5 linear feet) and 1 moving image
Collection Number: RBRL/207/WHJ
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The William H. Jordan, Jr. Collection consists primarily of articles, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. and other associates of Jordan. William Jordan served as Executive Secretary on the staff of Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. from 1955 to 1968 and is one of the original members of the Richard B. Russell Foundation, Inc.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

William H. Jordan, Jr. (1929- ), formerly an attorney, graduated from the University of Georgia in 1952 with a LL.B. At the university, Jordan was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, Interfraternity Council, and Gridiron Secret Society.

Jordan served as Executive Secretary on the staff of Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. from 1955 to 1968. In April 1968, he resigned to work for the Senate Appropriations Committee and was a member of the committee staff until circa 1982. While on the committee, Jordan served on the subcommittee overseeing the District of Columbia and as chief counsel of the Subcommittee on Foreign Aid.

During his tenure in Senator Russell’s office, Jordan helped plan the Senator’s patronage program. The program, initiated in 1960 in collaboration with Georgia’s 4-H clubs, was called the Russell 4-H Patronage Program, and through an application process, brought Georgia students to work in the Senate and in Russell’s office for a summer or semester term. Jordan also met his future wife, Gwen Weant, in Russell’s office, and they married on November 15, 1957, in College Park, Georgia.

Jordan is one of the original members of the Richard B. Russell Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the memory of Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. Among his contributions through the foundation to Senator Russell’s legacy, Jordan organized an oral history project that commenced in 1971 after Senator Russell’s death and documented the Senator's association with family, friends, and colleagues.

Originally from Monticello, Georgia, Jordan now resides with his wife in Dunwoody, Georgia.

Scope and Content

The William H. Jordan, Jr. Collection consists of manuscripts and photographs relating to Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. Several of the items relate to the Russell Foundation Oral History Project. The collection also includes articles written by Jasper Dorsey, third chair of the Russell Foundation and former executive with Southern Bell, for several Atlanta newspapers and correspondence of Tom Watson Brown to Tom Teepen. Jordan compiled the collection in his position as a Russell staff member and through personal interests and other activities.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series: I. Richard B. Russell, Jr., II. Correspondence, III. Articles, IV. Photographs, and V. Audiovisual Materials. Each series is arranged chronologically.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

William H. Jordan, Jr. Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Information note

News clippings were checked against the scrapbooks in Senator Russell’s collection, and duplicates were removed.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2008.


Related Materials

Access Points

Audiovisual.
Brown, Tom Watson, 1934-2007.
Dorsey, Jasper N.
Legislators--United States.
Photographs.
Richard B. Russell Foundation
Russell, Richard B., (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
United States--Congress--Senate.
Watson, Thomas E. (Thomas Edward), 1856-1922.

Related Collections in this Repository

Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection

Gilbert Fite Collection of Richard B. Russell, Jr. Research Files

Clara Smith Collection of Richard B. Russell, Jr. Materials


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

I. Richard B. Russell, Jr.

Extent: 6.0 folders
Scope and Content: This series consists of materials relating to Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr., created and collected by William H. Jordan, Jr. including correspondence pertaining to the Russell Foundation Oral History Project, newspaper clippings documenting the death of Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr., printed materials related to Russell sponsored legislation, and a Congressional Record containing references to Senator Russell. This series includes a handwritten recipe (in pencil) for baked onions including an explanation of the recipe’s importance, written by Modine Thomas, Senator Russell’s long time housekeeper and presented to William H. Jordan, Jr.
BoxFolder
11Living History Project [Oral History], February-May 1971
12News clippings, January 1, 1969-January 28, 1971
13Materials regarding Senator Russell, 1963-1980
14Congressional Record, October 5, 1978
15Recipe for baked onions by Modine Thomas (Senator Russell's cook), undated
16Eulogy of the late Senator Richard B. Russell by John C. Stennis, 1971 January 24
 

II. Correspondence

Extent: 1.0 folder
Scope and Content: This series contains two typed letters (plus one duplicate) from Tom Watson Brown to Tom Teepen, editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Larry McMurtry, author of The Murder of Mary Phagan, defending his great-grandfather Thomas E. Watson.
BoxFolder
17Letters from Tom Watson Brown, 1984, 1988
 

III. Articles

Extent: 5.0 folders
Scope and Content: This series consists of articles/commentaries written by Jasper Dorsey for Atlanta newspapers covering national, state, and local politics and topics. The majority of the articles are in unpublished, manuscript form and each are dated presumably with the date of publication. The series also contains several newspaper clippings from Atlanta newspapers that are not authored by Dorsey.
BoxFolder
18Articles by Jasper Dorsey, December 13, 1987
19Articles by Jasper Dorsey, January-December 1988
110Articles by Jasper Dorsey, January-April 1989
111Articles by Jasper Dorsey, 1986-1987
112Articles and editorial cartoons, 1987-1988
 

IV. Photographs

Extent: 3.0 items
Scope and Content: This series contains two color photographs, one of Richard B. Russell, Jr. and Congressman Brien McMahon and one of the White House with its flag at half mast in observance of Richard B. Russell, Jr.'s death. Also included is a charcoal drawing of Senator Russell from the image used on the cover of Life magazine.
Box
3Richard B. Russell, Jr. and Congressman Brien McMahon
Extent: (framed, 8"x10", color)
Box
MapcaseWhite House with flag at half-mast in observance of Richard B. Russell, Jr.'s death
Extent: (20" x 24", color)
Box
2Charcoal drawing of Richard B. Russell, Jr. in profile from cover Life magazine
Extent: (22"x17")
 

V. Audiovisual Materials

Extent: 1.0 moving image
Conditions Governing Access note: Reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.
item
UC RBRL207WHJ-VHS_0001Jordan 81-1:28, One of Ours: Young Scoop Jackson, an oral history of Senator Henry M. Jackson and Everett, Washington, from 1892 to 1940, 1989
Extent: 1.0 moving image
Boxitem
VHS 0267RBRL207WHJ-VHS_0001RBRL207WHJ-VHS_0001 original media