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Terry Jordan Collection, 1973-1979 | Manuscripts

By Marissa Posada

Collection Overview

Title: Terry Jordan Collection, 1973-1979Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1973-1979
ID: 01/UG20
Primary Creator: Terry Jordan (1938-2003)
Extent: 21.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1985. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Collection of student papers that cover topics in folklore and geography, and files that attempts to describe log cabins, their manufacture, builders and location within Texas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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 in 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.

Biographical Note

Terry Jordan was the Chairman of the Department of Geography at the University of North Texas from 1962 until 1982.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 85-021
Access Restrictions: This collection is restricted.  Please contact the UNT Archives for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Terry Jordan
Acquisition Method: Gift

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 2: Photographic MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 1846 AAdd to your cart.
Barcode: 2749
Folder 1: Photographic Material Angelina - Cooke Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographic Material Cooke - Dallas NegativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographic Material Contemporary Log Houses Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographic Material Denton - Henderson Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographic Material Hood - Roundtop Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographic Material San Jacinto - Walker Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographic Material Walker - Windale Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographic Material Unidentified 1 Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographic Material Unidentified 2 Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographic Material Unidentified 3 Negatives, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Audio Recordings Advisory Council Meetings 1-5 Reel to Reel Tapes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Moved to tape box.
Box 5: Slides, 1975Add to your cart.
Slides of buildings and family portraits.
Barcode: 708132
Slides: 52

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