Dr. Daniel C. Jordan Papers Given to the Stanford University Libraries

Researchers interested in studying the life work of Dr. Daniel C. Jordan now have two places where they can access his papers and other materials detailing his ground-breaking studies in education and human development, as well as his Bahá’í-inspired Anisa (Tree of Life) Project. In February 2016 Nancy Jordan, Dr. Jordan’s widow, and his long-time colleague Dr. Donald Streets delivered the voluminous collection to the Stanford Universities Libraries (SUL).

The Jordan papers are now part of the Jack H. Lee and Arden T. Lee Bahá’í collection, which was donated to the SUL in November 2012, one month after the one-hundredth anniversary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s October 8, 1912, visit to and talk at Stanford University. According to an article in The Stanford Daily, the Lee Bahá’í Collection was the “first academic, university-based Bahá’í collection in the United States.” The Bahá’í collection (The Jack H. Lee and Arden T. Lee and the Dr. Daniel C. Jordan collection) joins those of other world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and other faiths.

The second place where researchers can access Dr. Jordan’s papers is the National Bahá’í Archives, United States, in Wilmette, Illinois, USA. According to Roger Dahl, the chief archivist, the collection in Wilmette is stored in 98 Hollinger boxes, which, for the layperson, translates in about 38 linear feet or 15 to 16 shelves of boxes.

For more information on the recent donation, see the article by the Stanford University Libraries.

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