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Koinonia Community collection

Identifier: L1993-13

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Koinonia Community collection consists of printed material, 1952-1958. The items in the collection are a promotional pamphlet, 1952; a reprint of "Why We Are Withdrawing from the World," by Claud Nelson, Jr. (Motive magazine, March 1953); public memoranda, including writing by Wallace Nelson and Rev. Maurice McCrackin, and a reprint of a New York Herald Tribune article about violence and vandalism at the farm, 1957; and a newsletter, May 15, 1958.


  • 1952-1958

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

History of the Koinonia Community

The Koinonia Community (Americus, Ga.) was founded in 1942 as an interracial Christian community by Clarence and Florence Jordan and Martin and Mabel England, who intended to emulate the practices of the early Christian communities as described in the Acts of the Apostles. They envisioned a farming community that adhered to principals of racial equality, communal living, environmental conservation, and non-violence. Although Clarence Jordan was welcomed to preach at some Sumter County churches, other people in the area perceived the values of the Koinonia community as a threat to Georgia’s Jim Crow-defined social status quo. Especially during the Civil Rights era, the Koinonia community was victimized by terrorism and vandalism from the Ku Klux Klan and others. Residents responded with staunchly non-violent tactics and began to support themselves with the sale of nuts and baked goods. The community took the name Koinonia Farm (later, Koinonia Partners). By the late 1960s, Koinonia began an initiative to build housing for the poor that eventually developed into the non-profit Habitat for Humanity International. The farm was designated a Georgia Historic Site in 2005.


0.05 Linear Feet (in 1 folder)

Language of Materials



Koinonia Community (Americus, Ga.) was established in 1942 as a Christian-based farming community that adhered to principals of racial equality, communal living, environmental conservation, and non-violence. The collection consists of newsletters and memoranda, articles, and a pamphlet, 1952-1959. The printed material documents the community's goals and values and the violence and vandalism directed toward it during the Civil Rights Era.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bolerium Books, 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Carley Henderson at the file level, May 2014.
Koinonia Community:
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
May 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • May 2014: Finding Aid created by Carley Henderson.
  • May 2015: EAD edited by Willliam W. Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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