Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996

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Barbara Jordan (b. Feb. 21, 1936, Huston, TX–d. Jan. 17, 1996, Austin, TX) graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University in 1956 and attended Boston University School of Law, graduating in 1959. Before returning to Texas to practice law, she taught political science at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for a year.

Jordan won a seat in the Texas Senate in 1966, becoming the first African-American and first black woman state senator. In 1972, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as the first woman elected in her own right to represent Texas. She was a member of House Judiciary Committee and in 1974, Jordan made an influential televised speech before the House Judiciary Committee supporting the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. She gave speeches during the Democratic National Conventions of 1976 (as the first Black woman to do so) and in 1992. Jordan retired from politics in 1979 and was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

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referencedIn Houston, Post, Washington D. C. Bureau, Collection 96-246; 96-275., 1963-1995 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Inventory of the William A. Owens Papers (Part Two) LIT/Owens MSS 00089., 1940-1980 Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn Records, 1836-2003, (bulk 1985-2000) Texas State Archives.
referencedIn Wally McNamee Photographic Archive, AR2002-011; 2002-027; 2002-097; 2002-180; 2003-032; 2003-085., ca. 1955-2000 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Commencement Programs and Records, 1873-2004 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
referencedIn Winegarten, Ruthe. Poster, 1967. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
referencedIn UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition Archive 38058282. 96-111; 97-107; 98-133; 99-125; 2000-65; 2001-075; 2002-085; 2003-051; 2008-226; 2009-102; 2010-103; 2011-100; 2012-113., 1996- Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Dobbs, Jeannine. Class essays, 1977. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition archive. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1979 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn National Organization for Women. Records: Series I-XVI, 1961-1999 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Judge Woodrow Seals Papers MSS 0414., 1941-1990, 1961-1990 Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library,
referencedIn Sue Brandt McBee Collection of African American Culture AR. 2001. 020., 1980-2003., 1950-2003. Austin History Center, Austin Public Library..
referencedIn Biography -- Jordan, Barbara. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Cramer, Edsel M., 1924-. Edsel M. Cramer papers, 1940-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Judge Woodrow Seals Papers MSS 0414., 1941-1990, 1961-1990 Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library,
referencedIn Houston Post, Washington D.C. Bureau. Houston Post, Washington D.C. Bureau, Collection, 1963-1995 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Southern Elections Fund. Papers, 1965-1975 of the Fund and of the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Julian Bond [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Barbara Jordan. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
referencedIn Records, (inclusive), (bulk), 1959-2002, 1966-1998 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996. Oral history interview with Barbara Jordan, 1970 July 7. University of North Texas Library, UNT
referencedIn Winegarten (Ruthe) papers, 1912-2004 Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901?-1979. Papers, 1927-1979 (inclusive) 1934-1979 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Hearon, Shelby, 1931-. Papers, 1966-1996. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Williams, S. Juanita, 1926-. S. Juanita Williams photographs, 1962-1983. Texas African American Photography Archive
referencedIn Castillo, Leonel (Leonel J.),. Oral history interview with Leonel Castillo, 1996 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn Fagan Dickson papers MS 281., 1950-1978 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX
referencedIn Candidates for public office campaign materials, 1966-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers, 1941-1995 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn McNamee, Wally. McNamee, Wally, photographic archive ca. 1955-2000 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Audiotape collection of the National Women's Conference, 1977 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn UT Office of Community Relations, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. UT Office of Community Relations, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, records, 1997-2009. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Records of the U.S. House of Representatives. 1789 - 2015. Committee Papers. 1813 - 2011. Representative Barbara Jordan's Corrections to the Transcript of Her Statement on the Articles of Impeachment of President Richard Nixon
referencedIn Swanson, Dick L., 1935-. Swanson, Dick L., photographic archive, 1959-1994. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn UT Office of Community Relations, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Records 2007-086; 2009-338; 2010-057., 1997-2009 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
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associatedWith African American History Oral History Project. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Boston university. School of Law corporateBody
associatedWith Carter, Jimmy, 1924- person
associatedWith Castillo, Leonel (Leonel J.), person
associatedWith Catherine East, 1916-1996 person
associatedWith Cramer, Edsel M., 1924- person
memberOf Delta Sigma Theta Sorority corporateBody
associatedWith Dickson, Fagan, 1904-1977 person
associatedWith Dobbs, Jeannine. person
associatedWith Hearon, Shelby, 1931-. person
associatedWith Houston Post , Washington D.C. Bureau corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 person
associatedWith Marcello, Ronald E. person
associatedWith McBee, Sue Brandt corporateBody
associatedWith McNamee, Wally person
associatedWith McNamee, Wally. person
associatedWith National Organization for Women corporateBody
associatedWith National Organization for Women. corporateBody
associatedWith National Women's Conference corporateBody
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 person
associatedWith North Texas State University. Oral History Collection. corporateBody
correspondedWith Owens, William A., 1905- person
associatedWith Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901? -1979 person
associatedWith Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901?-1979. person
associatedWith Seals, Woodrow Bradley person
associatedWith Seals, Woodrow Bradley person
associatedWith Southern Elections Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Swanson, Dick L., 1935- person
memberOf Texas. Legislature. Senate. corporateBody
associatedWith Texas Political History Oral History Project. corporateBody
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associatedWith Texas. State Preservation Board. corporateBody
employeeOf Tuskegee University corporateBody
memberOf United States. Congress. House corporateBody
memberOf United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary corporateBody
associatedWith University Archives corporateBody
associatedWith University of Nebraska-Lincoln corporateBody
employeeOf University of Texas at Austin. corporateBody
associatedWith UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition corporateBody
associatedWith UT Office of Community Relations, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, S. Juanita, 1926- person
associatedWith Winegarten, Ruthe person
associatedWith Winegarten, Ruthe. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington, D. C. DC US
Austin TX US
Houston TX US
United States 00 US
Boston MA US
Austin TX US
Houston TX US
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Politics
Lawyers
Legislators
Women legislators
Women politicians
Political Campaigns
Civil rights workers
African American women legislators
Civil rights
Social legislation
Women--Political activity
Occupation
College teachers
Lawyers
Legislators
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Birth 1936-02-21

Death 1996-01-17

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