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Terry Jordan was the Chairman of the Department of Geography at the University of North Texas from 1962 until 1982. Terry was born on August 9, 1938, in Dallas. In 1956, he enrolled in Southern Methodist University and was also a member and secretary of Beta Theta Phi fraternity and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated after three and a half years in January 1960, and received a $7,000 Southern Teaching Career Fellowship from the Council of Southern Universities for three years of graduate study for the Ph.D. Terry began his master's studies at Texas in fall 1960 at the age of 22, and he speedily completed his master's program in August 1961. In August 1962, he married Marlis Anderson. In January 1969, Dean Frank Gifford offered Terry the chairmanship of the Department of Geography at the University of North Texas with full professor status, telling him that they were seeking a vigorous young scholar who would continue to publish and would lead a transition from a teacher's college to a regional state university. Terry accepted this offer and remained at the department as chair until 1982. His appointment was newsworthy: the Dallas Morning News ran a feature article on his hire by Walter Moore, editor of the Texas Almanac. Over time, Terry became more interested in log structures (he never called them cabins) as a cultural indicator. He began maintaining a register of log structures at Denton, and he avidly sought examples throughout Texas and elsewhere, carefully noting building and notching styles. He published a series of articles on Texas log structures and a book, Texas Log Buildings: A Folk Architecture. This book won him the Tullis Prize of the Texas State Historical Association as the best book published on Texas history in 1978. He also won awards from the Texas Heritage Council, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the American Association of State and Local History, and he was named one of sixty Fellows of the Texas State Historical Association in 1980. Terry chaired the geography department at North Texas for thirteen years. In 1982, Terry received the Honors Award of the Association of American Geographers, which was presented April 27, 1982, at the AAG meetings in San Antonio. About this same time, he was recruited by The University of Texas at Austin to fill its Walter Prescott Webb Chair of History and Ideas. The position at Austin came with research funding, and this enabled Terry to more freely pursue international research in such places as China, Tibet, Russia and Siberia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Tahiti, Scandinavia, Spain, and Korea. During the last twenty-one years of his life at Austin, Terry enjoyed his office in Room 306 of the Geography Building. He taught up until the final weeks before his death. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and died In October of 2003. Shortly after his diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, the Department of Geography and the Environment at Texas honored him with a special reception, dedicating a newly renovated classroom in his honor.
The Texas Log Cabin Register began as an interest of Terry Jones, shortly after he began teaching at North Texas State University in 1969. It started as information on log structures in Denton, and under his management, the project grew into a register of more than 800 log buildings in Texas, with notes, photographs, sketches, and other documents based on field observations by volunteers and NTSU geography students. It received grant funding, and contributions from the Texas Historical Commission, as well as donations of labor and supplies/expenses by the volunteers working on the projects. The Register was placed in the NTSU (Now University of North Texas) Archives to become an open resource for researchers. It has formed the basis of numerous articles, as well as books such as Jordan’s own “Texas Log Buildings: A Folk Architecture.”.
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The student papers in this collection are restricted. Please contact the UNT Special Collections for more information.The Log Cabin Register is unrestricted and can be requested. Please contact the UNT Special Collections for more information.
Terry Jordan Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
This collection is arranged into 4 series: 1. Texas Log Cabin Register; 2. Photographic Materials; 3. Texas Log Cabin Register Tapes; 4. Student Papers. Most are arranged in alphabetical order.
This collection contains documentation on Texas log structures assembled by Terry Jordan. It includes the Texas Log Cabin Register, which lists all log structures known to the members of the project at the time, and also contains reference materials on the construction of log structures. The collection also contains photographic materials relating to the project, and a series of audio recordings of the meetings of the Log Cabin Advisory Board, including discussions of the exhibition “Dog Trots and Mud Cats”. The final part of the collection is copies of student papers relating to Texas log cabins and early settlers.
Also includes collections from Sarah T. Hughes Collection, Karen B. Alexander Collection, and Jack B. Scroggs Collection.
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NOTE: This box contains the Terry Jordan Collection, as well as the Levi Perryman Collection and the Kindred Watkins Family Collection. This box is housed in the Special Collections Department in the Willis Library and it is shelved in flat storage (oversize) under the Levi Perryman Collection with a Collection Number of HM.51. Contains materials from the Log Cabin Register.
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Slides of buildings and family portraits.
Meeting on funding, grants, gathering resource materials, selection of materials on exhibit, and book on the log cabins.
Dicusses the contents of the "Dog Trots & Mud Cats" book.
Exhibit: Dog Trots and Mud Cats - Discussion of contents of sections of exhibit, forces of exhibit, sources of information.
Discussion of exhibit preparation; photography - art work, labels; copyrights; contracts.
Discussion of use of log cabin register in the exhibit; evaluation of exhibit; topics/subjects for exhibit.
"Religious Material Culture in Watauga County, North Carolina: A Survey of Its Rural Churches and Cemeteries"
"Religious Material Culture in Watauga County, North Carolina: A survey of Its Rural Churches and Ceneteries (continued)"
"The Beethoven German Mannerchor of San Antonio Its Musical Contribution to the Culture of Texas"
"The Lonesome Dove Baptist Church"
"The German Folk-Island of Rhineland, Texas"
"Black Speech in a Weatherford, Texas Elementary School"
"A Study of the Norwegian Element of Bosque County"
"The Swedes of Elroy, Travis County, Texas"
"The Preservation of Historic Architecture in Fort Worth: The Scott Home"
"Education in the Republic of Texas"
"A Norwegian Custom: The Annual Smorgasbord at Norse, Texas"
"Methodism and the Germans of the Lower Llano River Valley"
"The German Community of Round Grove, Denton County, Texas"
"Jacob De Cordova and His Jewish Influence on the Settlement of Texas"
"Culture as a Basis for Revolution"
"Navarro County: Early Settlers 1835-1850 and Migration 1850-1880"
"Attitude of Mexican-Americans in Lewisville Toward the Removal of the Bilingual Progam from the Schools"
"Nemmena, The People"
"An Investigation of Indian Artifact Areas in Wise County, Texas"
"The Acculturation Process: The Norwegian Settlement in Bosques County, Texas"
"A Study of the Distribution of Rural Negro Home Owners in Dallas County - 1900"
"The German Influence in New Braunfels"
"Housing Patterns of Spanish-Surnamed Residents in Irving, Texas"
"The Colonel: A Field Study in Southern Anglo-American Folklore"
"Occupational Training Choices of Ethnic Groups Attending the Dallas Manpower Training Center"
"The Anglo-Irish House Style in South Texas: Its Emergence and Dispersal"
"The Settlement of Wilson's Valley, Bell County, Texas"
"Population Origins of Mesquite's Pioneer Settlers"
"Jennie Callahan Hoover"
"The Korean Culture as it Exists in Dallas / Fort Worth"
"A Report on the American Indian in Urgan Dallas in 1973"
"Four Mexican American Folk Tales from Texas"
"A Comparative Analysis of Absenteeism"
"Problems of Spanish Speaking Children in Learning English"
"Folk-Life in Stephens County, Texas"
"Reflections of a German Family in Rockwall"
"Mosier Valley: An Endagered Black Enclave"
"The Black Church in Denton, Texas"
"The Black Side of John Chisum: Black Descendants of a Famous Texas Cattleman"
"The Burnetts of Texas: The Evolution of a Cattle Empire"
"The Case for the Use of the Language Experience Approach in Teaching Reading to Students Who Speak Black Dialect"
"The Religion of a Black Protestant Texan"
"The Lomax House: An Example of a Victorian Home in Denton, Texas"
"The Hawa Migration from Syria to Beaument, Texas"
"Language Problems of the Mexican American Child in the Texas Public Schools"
"A Study About Czech Immigrants in Ennis Texas"
"Early Greek Immigrants to Texas"
"From 1954 to 1974 - Hamilton Park School"
"Recollections of Life in a German Community in Texas"
"A History of the German Settlement at Allen's Chapel, Texas"
"Turkish People in Texas"
"Bilingualism at the Mary King Memorial United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas"
"Cultural Conflicts Encountered by Middle-Class Mexican-Americans: Some Examples from Texas"
"A Survey of South American Migration to Northeast Tarrant County"
"The Role of the Catholic Church in the Lives of Mexican Americans in Texas"
"Sunbelt Migration - A Mini-Study"
"Round Grove, A German Community in Denton County, Texas"
"Some Early Frame Barns of Denton County"
"A Cultural Survey of Czechs in West Texas"
"Teaching in the Inner City"
"The Decline of the Wendish Language"
"The Upland Southern Cemetery Tradition in Tarrant County, Texas"
"The Upland Southern Cemetery Tradition in Tarrant County, Texas," copy two.
"The Germans in the Wilson-Slaton Rural Area"
"Two Tarrant County Homes that Served as Halfway / Post Office Stations in the 1870's"
"The Germans of Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas"
"Only A Metal Bell"
"Some Aspects of Voting Behavior Among three Population Origin Groups in Nine Selected Texas Counties"
"Three Foreign Ethnic Students at a Suburban High School"
"Texas' Only Reservation Indians" The Alabama-Coushatta"
"Curanderismo: Folk Medicine of the Mexican-American in Texas"
"A Short History and Analysis of Collin McKinney and His Home"
"Recollections of the Past: A Study of Early Pioneer Life in North Eastern Erath County"
"The Immigration of Carl Von Jena"
"Upper Southern Cultural Imprints in the Newberry Community, Parker County, Texas"
Alvarado, Texas: Its History and Immigrants 1853 - 1890"
"The Story of a Syrian American in Texas"
"The Fort Worth Sokol and the Joseph Sam Milanocavich Family"
"The Blue Mound German Farming Community of Denton County, Texas"
"The Norwegian Society of Texas"
"Profiles of Big Thicket Architecture"
"The Fort Worth Independent School District Bilingual Program"
"Consideration of Cultural Traits in Educating Mexican Americans in the Texas Public Schools"
"Settlement of Mosier Valley: A Black Raral Community in Tarrant County, Texas"
"A Glimpse of Yesterday - The Freeman Plantation Near Jefferson, Texas"
"California Beer Seeds"
"Comparison of Dialects in Northern Tennessee and North Central Texas"
"A Cuban Family in Texas: A case Study of The Fernandez-Vinas Family"
"The Kiowa Indians"
"How Methodism Affected the German Settlers in the Lower Llano River Valley of Texas"
"Upper Southern Cultural Imprint on the Communities of Dennis and Buckner, Parker County, Texas"
"The Seventh-Day Adventist Community at Keene, Texas"
"The Early Italian Settlers of Texas with Reference to the Town of Dickinson"
"Jewish Communal Services in Dallas"
"Settlement and Population Origins"
"The Development of the Mormon Religion in Denton County, Texas"
"Two Kothmann Houses: Germany and Texas"
"The Nassonite Past: Historical Archeology and Ethnohistory"
"Folk Remedies of Texas"
"Operation Turn-Around: Coping with Integration in a Texas Public School"
"The Syrians of Palestine, Texas"
"The Problem of Black Dialect in the Curriculum"
"Early Rural Polish Catholic Church Structures in Texas"
"English-Spanish Bilingual Education in North Texas"
"Black Kinesics--A Language All Its Own"
"Institutional Racism in Dallas, Texas"
"Ethnic and Educational Segregation of Mexican-Americans in Texas"
"Mexican-American or American-Mexican: Exclusivism or Assimilation?"
"The Men at the Alamo"
"Population Origins in Titus County, Texas, 1860"
"Mosier Valley: A Black Enclave in North Texas"
"Family Religious Shrines in Lindsay and Muenster, Texas"
"The Big Spring Church and Cemetary of Garland, Texas"
"Comparison of Czech Place Names Found on Cemetery Markers in West, Texas, with Locations of Said Towns in Czechoslovakia"
"Architectural Styles of Jefferson, Texas"
"The Czech Settlements in Grayson County, Texas"
"Los Mojadoes De Fort Worth"
"The Early Development of White Settlement"
"The Development of the Czechoslovakian Community in Ennis, Texas"
"An Interview with Grover Cleveland Crow: Fisherman and Trapper on the Trinity"
"The Negro Seminoles of Kinney County, Texas"
"The Zizka Sokol"
"A Brief History of Fredericksburg"
"La Reunion: Part I: The Failure of the Colony, Part II: The Old French Cemetery"
"The Black Exodus from the East"
"Cultural Influences in Cass County: A Cemetery Survey"
"Cultural Influences in Cass County: A Cemetery Survey"
"The County Seat of North Texas: A Mid-Atlantic Tradition"
"Settling the Panhandle of Texas: Recollections of a Roberts County Pioneer"
"Jefferson, Texas--The Queen of the Cypress"
"German Romanesque Architecture Found in Saint Peter's Church in Lindsay, Texas"
"The Old Miller Home as a Reflection of Texas Architecture"
"The Wall That Contained a Cemetary"
"Norwegians at Prairieville, Texas: Impressions and Reflections from a Stroll Down Four Mile Lane"
"The Impact of the La Reunion French Colony on the City of Dallas"
"Foreighn Immigrants of Tarrant County, Texas, in 1880"
"A Study of the Vietnamese Immigration to Texas"
"The Vietnamese: A New Ethnic Group in Texas"
"The Negro During and After the Oil Boom in Wichita County, Texas"
"Czechoslovakians in Ellis County"
"The Czech Element in Dorchester, Texas"
"Rural Ethnicity and the Development of Schools in Texas"
"The American Indian in Dallas, Texas"
"A Migration from Syria to Olney, Texas"
"Black Dialect: Does It Interfere with Reading?"
"The Jewish Community of Fort Worth"
"Aspects of the Jewish Community in Dallas, Texas, 1872-1974"
"The Flower Mound Presbyterian Church"
"The 'Stop 6' Black Ghetto"
"The Imprint of Spanish Colonial Architecture"
"A Brief Look at the Customs of Fredericksburg, Texas Germans and the Changes Produced in These Customs by Outside Influences"
"Upland Southern Burial Traditions in Montague County, Texas"
"Hamilton Park: A Black Neighborhood in Dallas, Texas"
"A Greek Comes to Texas"
"How Dr. Gideon Lincecum Influenced Migration"
"Teachers' Attitudes Toward Black Speech in Sanger"
"From Germany to Blue Mound: An Autobiographical Account of a German Family in Denton County, Texas"
"The Mexican-American in Lewisville"
"The Impact of the Mexican-American Culture in the Frisco Community in Collin County, Texas"
"Wise County, Texas"
"An Historical Look Into the Spanish Settlement in Nacogdoches, Texas"
"Saint Peter's Catholic Church: A Unique Example of Neo-Romanesque Style Architecture in Texas"
"The Alabama-Coushatta Indians in Texas"
"Field Study of Cemetaries in Tyler County"
"Field Study of Cemetaries in Tyler County"
"The Irish Influence on Lisbon, Texas"
"Churches and Cemeteries in Northeast Cooke County"
"The Cistercian Order in Texas"
"A Field Survey of Artifacts and Relics in East-Central Denton County, Texas"
"The Hammons' House: A Cultural Study"
"Mrs. Rudolph Nemeck: A Czech Settler of West, Texas"
"Folk Cemeteries: A Grave Situation in Grayson County, Texas"
"Folk Cemetaries: A Grave Situation"
"Population Origins in Rockwall County, Texas, Bases on the Census of 1880"
"La Reunion: Early French Settlement in Dallas County"
"The Swiss of Swiss Avenue and Their Contribution"
"Early Settlement in Birdville"
"Negro/White Population Trends"
"The Polish and Italian Immigrants at Thurber"
"The Mexicans Who Fought for Texas During the War for Independence"
"The Cultural and Ethnic Characteristics of Galveston During the Republic of Texas"
"Populations Origins in the Valley View Area"
"Folk Festivals of Texas"
"The Victorian Architecture of Gainesville, Texas"
"The Waco Indians and the Birth of a City"
"The Mexican-American Element in Pasadena, Texas"
"Housing Patterns in Dallas, Texas"
"The Hungarian '56ers' in North Central Texas: A Study in Acculturation"
"German-Texan Voting Patterns 1946-1968"
"Selected Examples of German Architecture"
"The Castro Colony of Texas"
"Contemporary Fraternity Within the North Czechoslovakian Comunity and Its Background"
"Black English and Education"
"The Growth and Distribution of the Spanish Surnamed Population of Arizona, 1860-1880"
"The Ammie Wilson House"
"The Dying Center Grove"