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Thomas S. Jordan Papers

Identifier: MSS-0791

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of diaries, letters, receipts, legal documents, and printed magazine excerpts.


  • 1884 - 1928

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Biographical / Historical

Thomas S. Jordan, D.D.S., was the son of Fleming Jordan, who in later years resided in Anniston, Alabama. By the late 1880s he was in a dental partnership with M. J. Lunquest in the rapidly growing city of Birmingham and was also involved in building rental houses there. He courted Miss Mattie Jones, daughter of Florence, Alabama, attorney, L.C. Jones and in the late spring or early summer of 1890 they married. There was one child of this marriage --Henrietta.

Shortly after the marriage, Dr. Jordan was apparently diagnosed with tuberculosis, a common disease of that era. He also suffered from stomach problems. He wrote frequent letters to his wife as he went from health resort to health resort in an attempt to regain his health. He appears to have died in the period 1914-1916.

His widow subsequently moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and in 1924 his daughter was attending the New England Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Jordan subsequently moved back to Florence, Alabama. Henrietta Jordan married Lewis Nebler.


0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Papers of this Birmingham, Alabama, dentist and his family.
Guide to Thomas S. Jordan Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266