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Family of C. Dexter Jordan, Sr. Collection (MC 64)

Biographical Note

This includes miscellaneous items from the collection of Dexter Jordan, Jr. As a member of the Board of the Columbus Museum of Arts & Science, he played an important role in helping to establish the Columbus College Archives, especially in acquiring the Benning-Jones Papers. The Goetchius family material was acquired when C. Dexter Jordan, Sr. purchased the Goetchius library from Sam Wellborn, Sr. when Mr. Wellborn owned the Goetchius house while it still stood at the corner of 11th Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Henry Goetchius' library had remained intact in an unused room of the house for the many years that the house served as the office of Dr. Mercer Blanchard. Many of the books in the collection, mainly law books, were damaged in a fire at the Jordan Equipment Co., where they were stored.

Scope and Content

This collection includes a scrapbook containing 10 folders of newspaper clippings from Columbus newspapers dated 1906; 33 Prints taken from Harper's Weekly, 1860s; business card; picture from newspaper; card; certificate of merit, 1917; a piece of stationary from Honour & Wellborn; a bill for dues to the Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames, 1927; a handbill from the Merchants & Mechanics Bank; The Chautauqua Daily newspaper, 1923; 13 photographs, 1900s, & 52 photographs, 1800s; diary of John Banks.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Family of C. Dexter Jordan Sr.Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Family of C. Dexter Jordan Sr.Collection (MC 64)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Donated to the archives in July of 1988 by Josephine E. Jordan, C. Dexter Jordan, Jr. and Thornton F. Jordan.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Item 1 – Goetchius Family Photograph Album, ca. 1880s. The album is empty, but the photos may be those mentioned below.

Folder 1 – Business card for the Merchants and Mechanics Bank; newspaper photograph; Certificate of Merit awarded by the Loyal Sunday School Army of American, 1917; a piece of blank stationery of Honour and Wellborn, Merchandise Brokers; a receipt for dues payment to the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America, July 1, 1927; a handbill from the Merchants & Mechanics Bank; and an issue of the Chautauqua Daily, August 21, 1923

Folder 2 – 13 nineteenth-century photographs

Folder 3 – 52 nineteenth-century photographs

Folder 4 – Diary of John Banks (photocopy)

Box 2

Item 1 – Thirty-three prints taken from Harper's Weekly, 1860s, done by William Lanham in 1982. Inventory included.

Item 2 – A scrapbook of clippings from the Columbus Enquirer and the Columbus Ledger compiled by Henry Goetchius between 1902 and 1908. It features articles on Columbus history, especially local Confederate history and articles on the founding and opening of the Columbus Industrial High School, later renamed Jordan High School.