Peoples Temple Records

Finding aid prepared by Sandra McCoy Larson in 1985; revised by Frances Wratten Kaplan and Tanya Hollis in 2010 and 2011.
Funding for processing this collection was provided by the Peoples Temple/Jonestown Fund at the California Historical Society.
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
415-357-1848
reference@calhist.org
1985, revised 2010-2011


Title: Peoples Temple records
Date (inclusive): 1922-1984
Creator: Peoples Temple
Collection Number: MS 3800
Physical Description:
Extent: 145 linear feet
Repository: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
415-357-1848
reference@calhist.org
URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Consists of materials collected by court receiver Robert H. Fabian in his efforts to identify and locate Peoples Temple assets and settle the more than 750 claims that arose from the events of November 18, 1978, when Congressman Leo Ryan, three journalists, and 914 Peoples Temple members died by murder or suicide in Port Kaituma, Jonestown, and Georgetown, Guyana. The collection includes manuscripts, realia, photographs, ephemera, legal documents, court depositions, financial documents, newspaper and magazine articles, and research materials. The first eight series comprise records removed by Fabian from the Peoples Temple offices on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco in the early days of the receivership. The bulk of these records document Peoples Temple operations in California and Guyana between 1965 and 1978, with some materials from the years before 1965, when the church next hit was located in Indiana. The records reflect the previous hit church's next hit involvement in all aspects of its membership, including maintenance of housing, medical, car and life insurance; real estate holdings and transfers; divorce, adoption, and custody cases; documents related to various corporations run by Peoples Temple; and materials generated in the procurement and settlement of Peoples Temple Agricultural Mission in Guyana, known as Jonestown. Series 9, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and series 10, Federal Bureau of Investigation, include records obtained by the receiver from these agencies to aid in his investigation. Series 11, Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. Attorney General of California, and series 12, United States v. Peoples Temple, include documents generated from the receiver's office during operations to dissolve Peoples Temple. The materials generated by the reciever date from February 1979 to March 1984, though many files contain earlier materials used as supporting evidence for claims.

Restrictions on Access

All researchers must sign the Access Agreement form, confirming that they have read and understood the restrictions outlined in the document Restricted Materials in the Peoples Temple Records, MS 3800. This document, and the Access Agreement form, are available at the reference desk or can be sent electronically.
Restricted Materials in the Peoples Temple Records, MS 3800
Open but subject to restrictions on disclosure:
Records throughout the collection contain personally identifiable information of a personal or confidential nature such as social security numbers and bank account information. Publication or disclosure of such information is strictly prohibited, unless researcher can show proof that the person is deceased, or has provided proof of permission by the party named to CHS.
Require advance review by CHS reference librarian or archivist:
Personal Records, Boxes 66-74, folders 1078-1196, and Box 112, folders 2007-2013. These files contain information about each member traveling to Guyana, including application forms, liability releases, birth and marriage certificates, passport applications, and medical information. The medical forms and any supporting documentation such as doctor's correspondence, medical bills, etc., are closed.
All other documents pertaining to former members that are still living require the permission of that person to be released. The researcher must locate the individual and present CHS with proof of permission, either by email or written letter.
Members' Legal Papers, Boxes 123-125, folders 2195-2244. Legal restrictions on former members' legal papers may be reevaluated, if a researcher can show proof that the person is deceased, or has provided proof of permission by the party named to CHS. The researcher must locate the individual and present CHS with proof of permission, either by email or written letter.
Permanently sealed and closed:
Medical records listed have been permanently closed and sealed, in accordance with federal law:
Beck medical records, Box 9, folder 122; Member's medical records, Box 17, folders 294-297; Box 18, folders 298-300; Speier medical records, Boxes 116-117
Legal documents can be found throughout the collection, but are permanently closed and sealed in the following files:
Kay Rosas file, Box 10, folder 140 [sealed in envelope]; Advice Correspondence, Boxes 121-122, folders 2160-2186 [Note: These files contain correspondence from the public at large to Peoples Temple attorneys, requesting legal assistance].
Payroll documents are permanently closed and sealed in the following files:
Box 121, folders 2146, 2153
Sealed and closed until 2085:
Personal notes are sealed and closed until 2085 in the following files:
Tim Stoen Files, Box 8, folder 87 [sealed in envelope].

Publication Rights

CHS is the lawful owner of Peoples Temple documents and photographs, by orders of the California Superior Court and of the Guyana High Court. CHS is not aware of any other copyrights or other rights associated with this material. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with any person intending to use an item.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials, and all digital representations of these original materials, must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Restrictions on Reproduction

Reproduction of collection materials may be restricted at the discretion of CHS library staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Peoples Temple Records, MS 3800, California Historical Society.

Peoples Temple Collection

Manuscript Collections:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Collection of Peoples Temple Papers from Jonestown, Guyana, 1931-1978, MS 3801
Moore Family Papers, 1968-1988, MS 3802
John R. Hall Research Materials on Peoples Temple, 1954-2003, MS 3803
Ross E. Case Collection pertaining to Peoples Temple, 1961-1984, MS 4062
Margaret T. Singer Materials on Peoples Temple, 1956-1998, MS 4123
Peoples Temple Ephemera and Publications, 1959-1979, MS 4124
Newspaper Clippings on Peoples Temple: photocopies, 1953-1978, MS 4125
Peoples Temple Miscellany Collection, 1951-[ongoing], MS 4126
Photography Collections:
Photographs from Peoples Temple Records, 1941-1983, MSP 3800
Photographs of Peoples Temple in the United States and Guyana, 1967-1978, PC 010

Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection. Books received with the collection, but not retained, are listed in the 1983 publication of the Guide to Peoples Temple Records, available at the Reference Desk of the North Baker Research Library, 678 Mission St., San Francisco.
Some ephemera items have been transferred to Peoples Temple Ephemera and Publications, MS 4124.
Photographs have been transferred to the Photography Collection, shelved as MSP 3800.

Alternative Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Acquisition Information

The Peoples Temple Records were given to the California Historical Society by orders of the California Superior Court and of the Guyana High Court, facilitated by Robert H. Fabian in June 1983. Additions were made in May 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Sandra McCoy Larson in 1985. Before processing, records were stored in metal file cabinets with location numbers on each drawer such as 1A, lB, etc. These numbers have been transferred to the upper, right corner of most records.
The collection was rehoused in 2006 by Denice Stephenson; box numbers have been changed from earlier processing. Otherwise, order of collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

The documents that together comprise the Peoples Temple records were gathered by Robert H. Fabian, the court-appointed receiver, from a number of locations:
Records in the first eight series were removed from the Peoples Temple offices on Geary Boulevard during the beginning of the receiver's operations. The offices and the previous hit church next hit building on Geary Boulevard continued to be used by surviving members without restriction until February 1979. Many records were removed from the offices during this interim period.
Many records were taken to Jonestown during the resettlement; these, and other documents, were confiscated by the FBI for the investigation into the death of Congressman Leo Ryan and trial of Laurence Layton. The originals of these documents are now held by the FBI. A complete set of photocopies of these documents can be found in MS 3801.
Charles Garry, attorney for the Peoples Temple, had legal files in his offices. Many of these documents remained there as they did not pertain to finance, and hence were not needed by the receiver to resolve the financial matters of Peoples Temple, his primary assigment.
Records in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation series were obtained by the receiver from these agencies. Documents in the last two series were generated from the receiver's investigations, the dissolution of the previous hit church next hit , and the resulting court cases and settlement of claims.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into twelve series: Series 1: Indiana; Series 2: Operations; Series 3: Legal Counsel; Series 4: Finance; Series 5: Agricultural Mission; Series 6: Personal Records; Series 7: Media; Series 8: Subjects; Series 9: Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office; Series 10: Federal Bureau of Investigation; Series 11: Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. Attorney General of California; and Series 12: United States v. Peoples Temple.
The divisions and subdivisions in Series 1-9 derive fundamentally from the recordkeeping practices of Peoples Temple staff. The state of the records when removed from the Peoples Temple offices by the receiver made it necessary to re-create some of the arrangement. In addition, most files that contained correspondence with other types of records were separated, and the correspondence placed in front of the files for research and preservation purposes.
Series 10-12 reflects the arrangement of documents in the order required to provide evidence to the court and for the settlement of claims. The arrangement was imposed by the receiver and his staff.

History of Peoples Temple

Peoples Temple began as a previous hit church next hit founded by Jim and Marceline Jones and a small group of parishioners in Indianapolis in 1955. As pastor, Jim Jones preached to a racially-integrated congregation during Pentecostal-based services that included healings and sermons on integration and class conflicts. Peoples Temple conducted food drives; opened a "free restaurant" that served thousands of meals to the city's poor in the early 1960s; operated nursing homes; and hosted weekly television and radio programs featuring their integrated choir. The previous hit church next hit became well known in the Indianapolis press for the members' integration activities and for their assertions of their pastor's gifts as a healer. The previous hit church next hit became affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination in 1960.
In the summer of 1965, the Jones family and approximately one hundred Peoples Temple members relocated to Redwood Valley, a rural community eight miles north of Ukiah in Mendocino County. Peoples Temple conducted previous hit church next hit services and meetings in rented and borrowed spaces until 1969 when they finished building their own previous hit church next hit with a swimming pool, an animal shelter, gardens, and a community kitchen. By this time, the previous hit church's next hit membership had grown to three hundred.
In 1970, Jim Jones began to preach in cities throughout California. Recruiting drives in African American communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles increased Peoples Temple membership to over twenty-five hundred by 1973. Some members lived in communal housing and worked full time for Peoples Temple. Others contributed significant portions of their income and property to the previous hit church next hit . The previous hit church's next hit operations included real estate management; home care facilities for seniors and youths; publishing and bookkeeping services; mail order services; and maintenance of a fleet of buses to transport members to services throughout the state and across the country. Tens of thousands of people, including politicians and members of other congregations, attended Peoples Temple services between 1970 and 1977.
The leadership of Peoples Temple voted to establish an agricultural and rural development mission in Guyana, South America in the fall of 1973. Over the next two years, members traveled to Guyana to scout a location for the mission; establish a residence in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana; clear the land; and begin construction at the site. The building plans for the community which became known as Jonestown included farm buildings, a large communal kitchen, medical facilities, schools, dormitory-style housing, small cabins, a day care center and a large open-air pavilion that became the community's central meeting place.
By 1976, Peoples Temple had moved its headquarters from Redwood Valley to San Francisco and had become involved in citywide electoral politics. They published their own newspaper, Peoples Forum; staged rallies and events for local and national political figures; and were vocal in their support of causes such as freedom of the press, affirmative action, and gay rights. In the fall of 1976, recently elected Mayor George Moscone appointed Jim Jones to the San Francisco Housing Authority. Jones served as its chairman until he left for Guyana the following year.
In 1977, former members and relatives organized a group called the Concerned Relatives to protest Jones's treatment of previous hit church next hit members. Child custody issues and living conditions in Jonestown were at the center of the conflict between Peoples Temple and the Concerned Relatives. Both sides filed lawsuits, sought public support through the media, and appealed to government officials for protection. Media coverage of Peoples Temple practices and political activities led the government to investigate the previous hit church's next hit financial and social welfare programs. Peoples Temple began to close many of their businesses, sell their properties, and relocate hundreds of their members to Guyana.
In response to issues raised by the media and former members, California Congressman Leo Ryan scheduled a trip to Jonestown in November 1978. By this time, more than a thousand Peoples Temple members were living in Guyana. His staff, members of Concerned Relatives, Embassy officials, and journalists accompanied Ryan on an overnight visit to Jonestown. As the congressional party left for the airstrip at Port Kaituma, sixteen disaffected Jonestown residents accompanied Ryan. As the group boarded two small airplanes at the airstrip, Peoples Temple members drove up on tractors and began shooting. They killed Ryan, three journalists, and a Peoples Temple member. That same day, November 18, 1978, more than nine hundred people died, most by cyanide poisoning, in Jonestown; four other members died in Georgetown.
More than eighty Peoples Temple members survived the deaths in Guyana: people who lived through the airstrip shootings; Jonestown residents who left the community before and during the poisonings; and members who were in Georgetown and on boats. Hundreds of Peoples Temple members had remained in the U.S., many of them in California.
After the deaths, Peoples Temple members in San Francisco provided the government with records to assist in identifying the dead. All Peoples Temple assets were frozen and placed under court supervision and the process of dissolving Peoples Temple began. The court oversaw the burial of hundreds of unclaimed and unidentified bodies from Jonestown. The court also set up a system to handle what would ultimately total $1.8 billion in claims filed against the Peoples Temple estate. Claims were filed by the governments of Guyana and the United States; people injured at the airstrip; relatives of the deceased; and people who had turned over property to Peoples Temple. In 1979 and 1980, Congress held hearings on the death of Congressman Ryan and on cult phenomenon in the U.S.
By 1983, the court recovered and disbursed over $13 million, including interest, in assets recovered from cash found in the U.S. and Guyana, from international accounts found in Panama, Caracas, Grenada and other countries, and from the sale of Peoples Temple properties and assets. In June 1983, the court approved the transfer of the records of Peoples Temple to the California Historical Society.

Summary of Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. the Attorney General of California

After November 18, 1978, it was necessary to begin the process of winding-up the financial affairs of Peoples Temple. Generally, the legal procedure to dissolve a charitable organization requires the board members of the organization to initiate a lawsuit naming the State Attorney General as respondent. The surviving board members of Peoples Temple filed the original petition for the case Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. the Attorney General of California through the Temple's attorney Charles Garry. On January 26, 1979 Superior Court Judge Ira Brown filed a minute order to appoint Robert H. Fabian as receiver, an action that followed a series of rulings by Brown to freeze the remaining assets of Peoples Temple and place them under court supervision.
Fabian took the oath on February 1, 1979. The duties of the receiver were to locate and liquidate Peoples Temple assets and process the many claims brought against the Temple. As receiver, Fabian's job was to recommend to the court the payment or rejection of claims. Judge Brown had authority to approve the expenditure of any funds necessary for Fabian to complete this task. One of Fabian's first actions was to recommend the law firm Bronson, Bronson, and McKinnon to act as his counsel.
Although the eventual worth of Peoples Temple was determined to be approximately $10 million, the receiver initially located only $750,000 in the form of cash, property, and other assets in California. The sale of the previous hit church next hit at 1859 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco brought $300,000, and a forty-acre ranch in Mendocino County and another property sold for $226,000. Fabian organized an auction to sell assets found at the Geary Boulevard previous hit church next hit and other locations, including forty-two tons of wheat that was ready to ship to Jonestown in Guyana, motorcycles, cars, and sailboats. The auction netted $75,000.
The remainder of the money was located in a complicated network of accounts, under various names, that took Fabian and his staff to six countries. The task was difficult since no surviving person knew the whereabouts of all the different accounts, and when they were discovered, Fabian had to convince the appropriate authorities to release the funds to his control. Two accounts were discovered in Panama and one each in Venezuala and Grenada. Further investigations found money to have at one time been in Switzerland as well. Finally, the Guyanese government sued Peoples Temple for damages, including the airplane that was sabotaged at the Port Kaituma airstrip. The assets of the Temple that were in Guyana were totaled and a compromise gave Peoples Temple 35% and the Guyanese government 65%, or about $1 million. The $10 million recovered was placed in interest-bearing accounts where it accrued nearly $3 million.
Claims against Peoples Temple numbered about 750, and consisted mainly of wrongful death and personal injury cases brought by relatives of deceased members and those injured at the airstrip. The total amount of claims came to $1.8 billion and included $66 million sought by the children of the late U.S. Representative Leo Ryan and $4.298 million in the case U.S.A. v. P.T., in which the federal government sought compensation for removing the bodies from Guyana, identifying them, and preparing them for shipment back to the United States and burial. After discovery it was found that the government had actually accrued expenses of only $2.8 million. The final payment was $1.6 million, although it was also decided that the government should honor the endorsed social security checks recovered in Jonestown. The federal government, however, exercised its authority to receive its payment before all other claimants.
The claims were studied, categorized and passed on to the court with recommendations. In addition to those who filed personal injury and wrongful death claims, other people claimed that they had been coerced out of property or that Peoples Temple owed them service debts. The receiver dismissed cases that lacked documentation and then applied standard actuarial tables, similar to those used by insurance companies, to make the awards. No legal challenge was made against the receiver's disbursement formula, which resulted in awards that represented approximately 60% of the original claims.
On March 22, 1983, four and a half years after the deaths in Guyana, Robert Fabian began writing claimant checks. Payments ranged from $29 to $360,000. Fabian and his staff received $480,000 and Bronson, Bronson, and McKinnon received about $1 million for overseeing the receivership.
Final wind-up consisted of delivering the records of Peoples Temple and the receivership operation to the California Historical Society, along with a check for $20,000, taken from the assets, for processing the records. In accordance with California state law that requires remaining assets to be given to charitable organizations, approximately $10,000 was given to the Board of Trustees of the Glide Foundation, and $10,000 to the San Francisco Council of previous hit Churches next hit for its role in comforting relatives.

Scope and Contents

The Peoples Temple records consist of materials collected by Robert H. Fabian, the court-appointed receiver for Peoples Temple charged with identifying and locating Peoples Temple assets and settling the more than 750 claims that arose from the mass suicide/murder that occurred on November 18, 1978, in Guyana. The collection includes manuscripts, realia, photographs, ephemera, legal documents, court depositions, financial documents, newspaper and magazine articles, and research materials. The first eight series comprise records removed by Fabian from Peoples Temple offices on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco in the early days of the receivership, and their order is derived fundamentally from the record-keeping practices of Peoples Temple staff. The bulk of these records document Peoples Temple operations in California and Guyana between 1965 and 1978, with some materials from the years before 1965, when the previous hit church next hit was located in Indiana. The records reflect the previous hit church's next hit involvement in all aspects of its membership, including maintenance of housing, medical, car, and life insurance; real estate holdings and transfers; divorce, adoption, and custody cases; documents related to various corporations run by Peoples Temple; and materials generated in the procurement and settlement of Peoples Temple Agricultural Mission in Guyana that became known as Jonestown. Series 9, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and series 10, Federal Bureau of Investigation, include records obtained by the receiver from those agencies to aid in his investigation. Series 11, Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. Attorney General of California, and series 12, United States v. Peoples Temple, include documents generated from the receiver's office during operations to dissolve Peoples Temple, and they remain in the order they were organized by Fabian and his staff. The materials generated by the receiver date from February 1979 to March 1984, though many files contain earlier materials used as supporting evidence for claims.
The earliest documents, in Series 1, Indiana, record Peoples Temple's beginnings in Indiana, and predominantly consist of financial and legal documents produced in the establishment of the previous hit church next hit , originally known as Wings of Deliverance. Series 2, Operations, includes testimonials and letters of support for Jim Jones and the work of Peoples Temple from politicians and other notable persons. These letters were saved by Peoples Temple and repeatedly used for publicity and public relations purposes. Also included are letter campaigns organized by Peoples Temple and general correspondence dealing with the day-to-day administration of the previous hit church next hit .
Series 3, Legal Counsel, contains legal files generated by Tim Stoen and Eugene Chaikin, attorneys for Peoples Temple who were also members, and by Charles Garry, attorney for Peoples Temple from 1977 to 1978. The records largely consist of letters written on members' behalf, and subject files dealing with lawsuits and court cases involving members.
Series 4, Finance, consists of the financial records of Peoples Temple created between 1968 and 1978. These records comprise approximately one-third of the collection and include details on members' personal finances; records of previous hit church next hit -owned real estate and vehicles; the accounts of numerous subsidiary corporations; general expense records; and bank account information.
Series 5, Agricultural Mission, details the operations of Peoples Temple in Georgetown and Jonestown, Guyana. The bulk of the records consist of correspondence from U.S. government officials and supporters of the move, and administrative records documenting the establishment of the agricultural mission in Guyana.
Series 6, Personal Records, consists of documents produced between 1972 and 1978 during the emigration of Peoples Temple members from the U.S. to Guyana. Files, arranged alphabetically by member name, contain all the assembled documents necessary to secure passports and visas for members traveling to Guyana, and some contain medical records, birth certificates, legal documents, and correspondence with a number of insurance companies, medical establishments, and state and local government offices.
Series 7, Media, contains articles and writings about Peoples Temple, as well as press releases, publications and other material produced by Peoples Temple for public relations purposes. Series 8, Subjects, consists of files arranged and assembled by the staff of Peoples Temple in their research on various subjects of interest to the previous hit church next hit .
Series 9, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, includes records collected in response to a 1977 lawsuit against Peoples Temple and provided to the receiver for evidentiary use. Financial and real estate documents dating back to 1943 were sought as evidence, and new documents from interviews and investigations into the workings of Peoples Temple were created. Other records in this series consist of various operational documents taken from the Peoples Temple previous hit church next hit and its subsidiary corporations.
Series 10, Federal Bureau of Investigation, contains FBI records released to the receiver and consists only of Peoples Temple bank account records from the Bank of Montreal. A more extensive FBI collection of records taken from Jonestown by the U.S. government and the government of Guyana after the events of November 18, 1978, were unsealed by Robert H. Fabian in September 1988. These related materials can be found in the FBI Collection of Peoples Temple Papers from Jonestown, Guyana, MS 3801.
Series 11, Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. Attorney General of California, and Series 12, United States v. Peoples Temple, document the receiver's work in locating and liquidating the assets of Peoples Temple in order to settle the lawsuits filed against it, including claims by survivors, families of members and others who died on the airstrip and in Jonestown, and the governments of the United States and Guyana. The extensive amount of evidence was accumulated during Fabian's appointment as receiver of the Peoples Temple estate, which started in the U.S. in January 1979 and in Guyana in 1980, and ended with the final settlement of claims and the dissolution of Peoples Temple as a California corporation in 1983. The assets of Peoples Temple were geographically dispersed and included assets throughout California as well as in Guyana, Canada, Switzerland, England, Venezuela, and Panama. The receiver's records include administrative documents; financial documents from Peoples Temple domestic and offshore accounts, often held in the name of one or more Peoples Temple members; personal documents of Peoples Temple members; legal documents, including transcripts of interviews and depositions of surviving Peoples Temple members and of Charles Garry, lawyer for Peoples Temple; and lists of claims and offers of compromise from the receiver's office.
The bulk of Series 12, United States v. Peoples Temple, consists of records produced in the lawsuit filed by the federal government in an attempt to recover the costs associated with the identification, forensic examination, removal, and repatriation of bodies from Guyana to the United States for burial.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Fabian, Robert H.
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978
Peoples Temple Agricultural Mission.
Jonestown (Guyana)
Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Governmental investigations--Guyana--Jonestown.
Peoples Temple--Estate.
Peoples Temple--Trials, litigation, etc.
Ryan, Leo J.--Assassination.

Index

Indexed corporation names include media organizations such as television, radio, and newspapers, as well as political and governmental organizations. Not included in the corporate name index are the individual names of the many religious and charitable organizations that Peoples Temple corresponded with, or donated to.
Abzug, Bella S., folders 8, 1213
Ackman, Margaret, folder 1001
Agnos, Art, folder 17
Alioto, Joseph L., folders 11-13, 1213
American Civil Liberties Union, folders 10-16, 20, 1198
American-Russian Institute, folder 21
American Nazi Party, folder 7
American Indian Movement, folder 12
Anderson, Jack, folders 10, 14, 1257
Atlanta Constitution, folder 12
Anti-Defamation League, folders 8, 10
Banks, Dennis, folders 36, 1003, 1260, 2216
Barbagelata, John J., folders 18, 20
Bay Guardian, folder 18
Bayh, Birch, folder 8
Bergland, Bob, folder 17
Bingham, Jonathan B., folders 8, 1213
Black Graduate Caucus, U.C. Berkeley, folder 18
Blumenthal, W. Michael, folders 18, 21
Bond, Julian, folders 13-15, 18
Boswell, Charles H., folder 7
Bradley, Tom, folders 11-12, 14-15
Bradley, Mrs. Tom, folder 13
Brown, Edmund G., Jr., folders 15-16
Brown, George E., Jr., folders 11, 13, 1001
Brown, Harold, folder 17
Brown, Willie L., Jr., folders 23, 1003
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, folder 74
Burke, Yvonne Brathwaite, folders 11-12, 1003
Burnham, Linden Forbes, folders 52, 1002, 1003, 1205
Burton, Phillip, folders 25, 1213
Burton, John L., folder 24
CBS news, folders 18, 149
Caen, Herb, folders 8-9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 21-22, 51
Califano, Joseph A., Jr., folders 18, 21, 51-52
Carter, Jimmy, Foldes 36, 51-52, 1003
Carter, Rosalynn, folders 36, 51
Castro, Fidel, folders 54, 1002
Chicago Tribune, folder 13
Christian Science Monitor, folders 10, 12, 14
Cincinnati Enquirer, folder 10
Clausen, Don H., folders 11-13, 1001
Cleaver, Eldridge, folders 18, 1218
Coleman, Lee, folder 13
Collier, Randolph, folder 42
Collins, Cardiss, folder 13
Concerned Relatives, folder 1208
Coughlan, Lawrence, folders 10, 17, 19
Coughlin, Lawrence, folder 11
Cranston, Alan, folder 26, 36, 1003, 2213
Davis, Grace, folder 14
Dellums, Ronald V., folders 8, 17-18, 20, 1213
Diggs, Charles C., Jr., folder 8
Dymally, Mervin, folders 27, 1002-1003, 1213
Eason, Jim, folder 16
Eckhardt, Bob, folders 8, 1213
Edwards, Don, folders 8, 1213
Ellsberg, Daniel, folder 1202
Ervin, Sam J., Jr., folders 8, 10, 1213
Federal Bureau of Investigation, folders 20
Federal Communications Commission, folders 10, 13, 52, 90
Fienstein, Dianne, folders 15, 17
Finkle, Alex L., folder 28
Fonda, Jane, folder 20
Fong, March K., folder 9
Ford, Betty, folder 36
Ford, Gerald, folder 36
Ford, Harold, folder 14
Freed, Donald, folder 1202
Fresno Bee, folders 16, 18
Freitas, Joseph, folders 15, 17-18, 21, 85
Friedman, Jeffrey M., folder 13
Gain, Charles, folder29, 158
Goodlett, Carlton B., folders 30, 1002, 1258
Gould, Charles L., folder 10
Gravel, Mike, folders 8, 9, 1213
Guyana Council of previous hit Churches next hit , folders 141, 1001-1003, 1012
Hall, Joseph E., folder 14
Harris, Patricia Roberts, folder 21
Hart, Philip A., folders 12, 1213
Hatcher, Richard Gordon, folder 13
Hawkins, Augustus F., folder 11
Hayakawa, S.I., folder 18
Hearst, Patricia, folder 1208
Hearst, Randolph, A., folder 31
Herald-Dispatch, folders 10, 12
Herald-Examiner, folder 10
Holland Roberts Center, American Russian Inst, folder 1459
Hongisto, Richard, folders 10-11, 15, 17, 56
Hoppe, Arthur, folder 12
Houston Chronicle, folder 10
Houston Post, folder 10
Humphrey, Hubert, folders 9, 15, 21, 1213
Hunter, Kathy, folder 1212
Indianapolis Star, folders 8, 10
Insight, folders 14-15
Indianapolis Times, folder 7
Internal Revenue Service, folders 8, 20, 52, 2215
International Human Rights Commission, folders 22, 52
Irvin, Karl, folders 32, 68, 1213
Jackson, Henry, folders 1213
Jagan, Cheddi, folder 1002
Jewish Federation Council, folder 13
Jewish Welfare Federation, folder 14
Karabian, Walter, folder 12
KCBS, folder 1212
Kennedy, Edward M., folders 8-9, 12
KFAX, folders 8-9, 1212
KGO, folders 10-12, 16-17, 19, 149, 1212
Kilduff, Marshall, folder 1198
Kinsolving, Lester, folder 149
Koch, Edward I., folder 8
Kopp, Quentin L., folders 17, 19
KPIX, folders 5, 12
KPOO, folder 16
KQED, folders 7, 10, 18-19
Krebs, Max, folder 1001
Kreps, Juanita M., folder 18
KRON, folders 16-17, 20
KSFO, folders 18, 1003, 1198, 1212
Lane, Mark, folder 1202
Leggett, Robert L., folder 8
Lewis, Jerry (Muscular Dystrophy Association), folder 17
Licht, Frank, folder 8
Lightner, Clarence E., folder 12
Los Angeles Herald Examiner, folder 10
Los Angeles Times, folders 10, 13-15
Luckhoo, Lionel, folders 1001-1002, 1389
Marks, Milton, folder 33
McCall, Tom, folder 11
McCarthy, John F., folder 7
McCarthy, Leo T., folders 12, 1213
McCoy, Richard, folders 52, 1003
McGovern, George, folders 8-9
Magnuson, Warren G., folders 8, 1213
Mann, Lawrence, folders 52, 1001-1002, 1012
Mazor, Joseph, folder 21
Mendocino Grapevine, folders 52-53
Miami Herald, folder 10
Milk, Harvey, folders 10-15, 17, 21-22, 1003
Miller, George, folder 21
Mink, Patsy T., folders 8, 11, 1213
Mitchell, Parren J., folder 8
Molinari, John L., folder 16
Mondale, Walter, folder 36, 1213
Morales, Vincente, folder 22
Moscone, George R., folder 34
Moyer, Bill, folder 18
Muhammed, Elijah, folders 14-16, 18
Murdock, Rupert, folders 20, 149, 1198
Murphy, George, folder 7
NAACP, folders 11, 13-14, 16-17, 19, 51, 1002
National Enquirer, folder 149, 1213
National Organization for Women, folder 1003
Nelder, Alfred J., folder 7-8, 17
New Times, folder 21
New York Times, folders 10, 14
New West, folder 149
New York Post, folders 149, 1198
Newsweek, folder 149
Nixon, Richard, folder 36
Oakland Tribune, folder 10
Panama, folders 1459-1463
Petris, Nicholas C., folder 13
Poage, W.R., folder 21
Poff, Richard H., folder 8
Press Democrat Publishing Company, folder 10
Proxmire, William, folder 7, 1213
PUSH, folder 14
Reagan, Ronald, folder 36
Reid, Ogden R., folder 8
Reid, Ptolemy, folders 52, 1001-1003
Reiterman, Tim, folders 149, 1202
Richardson, Elliot L., folder 10
Riles, Wilson, folders 12, 22
Rosenthal, Benjamin S., folder 8
Rousselot, John H., folder 7
Ryan, Leo J., folder 21
Sacramento Bee, folders 21, 1199, 1213
Sacramento Union, folders 9, 149
San Francisco Council of previous hit Churches next hit , folders 14-17
San Francisco Chronicle, folders 9-10, 13-16, 21
San Francisco Examiner, folders 10, 14, 20-21, 51, 149, 1199
San Francisco Housing Authority, folders 16, 18-20, 1198
Santa Rosa Press Democrat, folders 10, 51, 149
Saulsbury, Donn D., folders 10, 12
Schrunk, Terry P., folder 9
Scott, Donald M., folders 8-9, 1213
Shriver, Sargent, folder 9
Smith, Margaret Chase, folder 9
Sparkman, John, folders 21, 52
Stark, Fortney H. (Pete), folder 12
Starr, Kevin, folder 1198
Stennis, John C., folder 16
Stokes, Louis, folders 8, 1213
Sun Reporter, folders 15, 30
Synanon, folder 21
Talbot, Frederick H., folder 1001
Thurman, John E., folder 14
Thieriot, Charles de Young, folders 10, 22
Tracy, Phil, folder 1198
Tumminia, Frank, folders 52, 1003
Tunney, John V., folders 8, 12, 1258, 2213
Ukiah Daily Journal, folders 10, 16, 149, 1212-1213
United Farm Worker's of America, folder 21
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, folders 9, 12, 1213
Unruh, Jesse M., folder 7
Van de Kamp, John, folder 51
Vance, Cyrus R., folders 21, 52
Veysey, Victor V., folder 9
Voropaez, folder 52
Waldheim, Kurt, folder 52
Waldie, Jerome R., folders 8, 1213
Washington Post, folders 9-10, 14
Washington Star-News, folder 13
Welsh, Matthew E., folder 7
Widener, Warren, folders 8, 21-22
Williams, A. Cecil, folder 37
Wirth, Timothy, folders 21-22
Wirtz, W. Willard, folder 7
World Council of previous hit Churches next hit , folder 11
Worrell, Claude, folders 1001-1002, 1012, 2213
Young, Coleman A., folders 12-13
Younger, Evelle, folders 12, 51
Zablocki, J., folder 2432

 

Series 1:  Indiana, 1953-1974

Extent: Box 1, folders 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of records related to the 1955 incorporation of Wings of Deliverance, the name under which Peoples Temple was originally created, and Jim-Lu-Mar, another corporation formed in 1965 by Jim Jones. Includes business records such as articles of incorporation, bylaws, contracts, membership lists, tax records, and ledgers, as well as correspondence.
Box 1, Folder 1-3

Wings of Deliverance, Inc. 1955-1974

Box 1, Folder 4

Christian Assemblies, Inc. 1953-1964

Box 1, Folder 5

Jim-Lu-Mar Corporation 1965

Box 1, Folder 6

St. Jude Deliverance Centers, Inc. 1972-1973

 

Series 2:  Operations, 1941-1978

Extent: Box 1, folders 7-25; Boxes 2-5; Box 6, folder 65; Box 140, folder 55; Box 141, oversize folder 57; Box 142

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries: 2.1: Correspondence; and 2.2: Administration.

Scope and Contents

Consists of administrative papers and correspondence produced by staff in the day-to-day operations of Peoples Temple. Includes correspondence with public officials, supporters and members; and administrative documents pertaining to meetings, previous hit church next hit services, and office management. Also includes a bulletproof vest (Box 142) worn by Peoples Temple members working as security.
 

2.1:  Correspondence, 1941-1978

Extent: Box 1, folders 7-25; Boxes 2-3; Box 4, folders 51-52

Arrangement

Further divided into: 2.1.1: Official Correspondence; 2.1.2: General Correspondence; 2.1.3: Testimonials; and 2.1.4: Letter Campaigns.

Scope and Contents

Consists of official and general correspondence of Peoples Temple.
 

2.1.1:  Official Correspondence, 1941-1978

Extent: Box 1, folders 7-25; Box 2, folders 26-37

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically, followed by files arranged alphabetically by name.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of letters of support designated as having public relations value by Peoples Temple staff. Includes correspondence from members of Congress, local officials, and leaders of religious and charitable organizations, many acknowledging donations from Peoples Temple, or in response to letter campaigns by the membership. Also includes outgoing correspondence written by Peoples Temple staff, with extensive rebuttals to investigations by members of the press, including the Examiner and New West articles; and letters to and from editors and journalists, including letters from the Fresno Four (folder 16) supporting free speech. Other materials include letters from Rep. Leo Ryan, before leaving for his trip to Guyana (folder 21); envelopes with notations by Jim Jones (folder 9); papers pertaining to the radio broadcasts, Voice of the Peoples Temple (folder 8); and correspondence from San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk (folders 14-15, 17, 21-22). There are also materials related to Jim Jones's tenure on the San Francisco Housing Authority.
Box 1, Folder 7-22

1941-1978

Box 1, Folder 23

Brown, Willie L., Jr. 1976-1978

Box 1, Folder 24

Burton, John L. 1974-1977

Box 1, Folder 25

Burton, Phillip 1970-1977

Box 2, Folder 26

Cranston, Alan 1971, 1974-1976, bulk 1974-1976

Box 2, Folder 27

Dymally, Mervyn D. 1971-1977

Box 2, Folder 28

Finkle, Alex L., M.D. 1971-1975

Box 2, Folder 29

Gain, Charles R. 1971-1975

Box 2, Folder 30

Goodlett, Carlton, M.D. 1971-1977

Box 2, Folder 31

Hearst, Randolph A. 1974-1975

Box 2, Folder 32

Irvin, Karl, Jr. 1971-1976

Box 2, Folder 33

Marks, Milton 1968-1977

Box 2, Folder 34

Moscone, George R. 1975-1977

Box 2, Folder 35

Religion in American Life 1975-1977

Box 2, Folder 36

White House 1961, 1970-1978, bulk 1970-1978

Contents

Includes correspondence with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Mondale, and Carter, and also Rosalyn Carter; letters to President Carter in support of Peoples Temple from Angela Davis and Dennis Banks; and a letter, dated 1978, written to President Carter and members of Congress.
Box 2, Folder 37

Williams, Cecil, Rev. 1975-1977

 

2.1.2:  General Correspondence, 1955-1978

Extent: Box 2, folders 38-44

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The bulk consists of letters from the general public to Jim Jones and members of Peoples Temple. Most letters refer to Peoples Temple services or Jim Jones's radio broadcasts. Also includes personal correspondence to Jim and Marceline Jones. Contains letters from Peoples Temple members in Guyana to members in San Francisco (folder 44). These letters, from both adults and children, detail daily life in Jonestown and often include requests for personal supplies.
Box 2, Folder 38-43

Official and general 1955, 1962, 1966-1978, bulk 1966-1978

Box 2, Folder 44

From Jonestown 1977-1978, undated

 

2.1.3:  Testimonials, 1973-1978

Extent: Box 3, folders 45-49

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Includes photocopies of testimonials by the membership of Peoples Temple, the bulk of which consist of members' replies to a flyer titled "My Personal Message to Pastor Jim Jones" (folders 45-49).
Box 3, Folder 45-49

1973-1978

 

2.1.4:  Letter Campaigns, 1976-1978

Extent: Box 4, folders 51-52

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Contains examples of letter campaigns orchestrated by Peoples Temple to the news media and to public officials. Includes letters to the editors of Bay Area newpapers in response to negative articles about Peoples Temple as well as letters promoting the work of Peoples Temple and Jim Jones and samples of form letters created for use on different occasions. Other correspondence consists of letters from Peoples Temple members to Prime Minister Forbes Burnham thanking him for his support of Peoples Temple and providing testimonials about Jim Jones.
Box 4, Folder 51

General 1976-1978

Box 4, Folder 52

Guyana, Prime Minister Forbes Burnham 1977-1978

 

2.2:  Administration, 1972-1978

Extent: Box 4, folders 50, 53-58; Box 5; Box 6, folder 65; Box 140, folder 55; Box 141, folder 57b; Box 142

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of papers pertaining to Peoples Temple meetings, previous hit church next hit services, special events, and office management, including internal memos between staff members. Includes materials pertaining to security at the previous hit church next hit in Redwood Valley.
Box 4, Folder 50

Housing Committee undated

Box 4, Folder 53

Events: Testimonial dinner for Rev. Jim Jones 1976 September 25

Box 140, Folder 55

Guest register - original 1976

Box 4, Folder 54

Guest register - photocopy 1976

Location note: Original guest registers are oversized and have been moved to MS3800, Box 140. Smaller sized copies of the originals are contained in Box 4, folder 55.
Box 4, Folder 56

Cecil Williams; Declaration of Cecil Williams Regarding International Hotel 1976-1977

 

Internal memos

Box 4, Folder 57-58

Staff memos and notebook of "issues on the floor"; includes lists of residents 1972-1977

Box 5, Folder 59

Staff memos 1974-1978, undated

Box 5, Folder 60

List of communes and residents; passport negative lists undated

 

Office procedures

Box 5, Folder 61-62

Accounting 1976-1977

Box 5, Folder 63

Mailings undated

Box 5, Folder 64

Office procedures: instructions and forms undated

Box 6, Folder 65

Forms, letterhead 1974, undated

Box 141, Folder 57b

Redwood Valley security posters undated

Box 142

Bulletproof vest

 

Series 3:  Legal Counsel, 1952-1978, bulk 1968-1978

Extent: Box 6, folders 66-73; Boxes 7-12; Box 13, folders 206-218

Arrangement

Arranged into three subseries: 3.1: Corporate and Organizational Documents; 3.2: Correspondence and Lawyers' Files; and 3.3: Legal Subject Files.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of correspondence and legal files pertaining to members' personal legal issues. Peoples Temple members were provided legal counsel by Eugene Chaikin and Tim Stoen, Peoples Temple members and practicing attorneys, and Charles Garry, Peoples Temple attorney from 1977-1978. Includes a letter from Eugene Chaikin to the San Francisco Police Department listing incidents and threats to Jim Jones and Peoples Temple members and property (folder 158). Tim Stoen's files also contain personal correspondence, including a letter to Jim Jones with questions about how to prepare for the move to Ukiah with Peoples Temple (folder 85).

Restricted Materials

The following files are permanently sealed and closed: Kay Rosas file, Box 10, folder 140.
The following files are sealed and closed until 2085: Tim Stoen Files, personal notes, Box 8, folder 87 [sealed in envelope].

Related Materials

Advice correspondence, documents received from Charles Garry, and members' legal papers located in Series 11: Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. Attorney General of California, Subseries 11.7: Documents Withheld, boxes 121-125.
 

3.1:  Corporate and Organizational Documents, 1965-1978

Extent: Box 6, folders 66-71

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Contains organizational legal papers and correspondence. Includes correspondence between Peoples Temple and other leaders in the Christian previous hit Church next hit (Disciples of Christ); a Year Book report produced by the Christian previous hit Church next hit (Disciples of Christ) for all its congregations; letters acknowledging donations to Peoples Temple from members and others who attended previous hit church next hit services, and donations from Peoples Temple to particular individuals and causes.
Box 6, Folder 66

Articles of incorporation, including minutes 1965-1978

Box 6, Folder 67

previous hit Church next hit officers' resignation letters 1971-1972, 1975

Box 6, Folder 68-71

Disciples of Christ 1969-1977

 

3.2:  Correspondence and Lawyers' Files, 1961-1978

Extent: Box 6, folders 72-73; Box 7; Box 8, folders 84-89

Arrangement

Arranged with general correspondence first, then lawyers' files, alphabetically by last name.

Scope and Contents

The files of Eugene Chaikin, Peoples Temple member and attorney at law, contain general correspondence from members and others requesting legal counsel as well as Chaikin's banking and accounting documents.
Box 6, Folder 72

Legal correspondence 1971-1978

Box 6, Folder 73

Legal counsel, Jim Jones and Marceline Jones, including legal documents 1962-1978

 

Eugene Chaikin Files

Box 7, Folder 74-75

Correspondence 1970-1978

Box 7, Folder 76

Group legal service 1972-1977

Box 7, Folder 77

Accounting 1974-1975

Box 7, Folder 78

Taxes 1972-1978

Box 7, Folder 79-80

Banking 1969-1977

Box 7, Folder 81-83

Invoices and bills [folder 83 not found, 2010] 1975

Box 8, Folder 84

Charles Garry 1977-1978

 

Tim Stoen Files

Box 8, Folder 85

Correspondence 1976-1977

Box 8, Folder 86-87

Notes 1961-1977

Restricted Materials

The following files are sealed and closed until 2085: Personal notes, Box 8, folder 87 [sealed in envelope].
Box 8, Folder 88

Appointment book 1976 April-1977 March

Box 8, Folder 89

Invoices and bills 1976-1977

 

3.3:  Legal Subject Files, 1952-1978

Extent: Box 8, folders 90-108; Box 9-12; Box 13, folders 206-218

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Contents

Bulk contains documents dealing with members' legal issues in areas such as child custody, divorce, guardianship, employment, real estate, traffic accidents, and criminal charges.
Box 8, Folder 90

Agencies 1972-1978

Box 8, Folder 91

San Francisco Council of previous hit Churches next hit 1977

Box 8, Folder 92

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency 1972-1978

Box 8, Folder 93-94

Arrests and bail, A-W 1972-1977

Box 8, Folder 95-98

Rodriguez, Daniel 1978

Box 8, Folder 99

Banking 1974-1978

Box 8, Folder 100

Child custody 1971-1977

Box 8, Folder 95-98

Stoen v. Jones 1971-1978

Box 8, Folder 102-103

Child support 1971-1978

Box 8, Folder 104

Concerned Relatives: Blakey, Katsaris, Oliver 1977-1978

Box 8, Folder 105

Conservatorship 1976-1978

Box 8, Folder 106

Discrimination and employment, Gay Law Students Association 1977

Box 8, Folder 107-108, Box 9, Folder 109-110

Divorce and separation 1952-1978

Box 9, Folder 111

Employment and retirement 1976-1978

Box 9, Folder 112-116

Financial settlements 1972-1978

 

Freedom of Information Act

Box 9, Folder 117-118

Requests 1977

Box 9, Folder 119

List of passports 1976-1977

Box 9, Folder 120-131

Responses 1976

Restricted Materials

The following files are permanently sealed and closed: Beck medical records, Box 9, folder 122
Box 9, Folder 132

Investigation of surveillance during Unita Blackwell Wright speech 1976-1977

Box 10, Folder 133

Research 1973-1977

Box 10, Folder 134

Gifts and donations to Peoples Temple 1957-1977

Box 10, Folder 135-140

Guardianship and adoption 1969-1977

Box 10, Folder 141

Guyana 1973-1978

Box 10, Folder 142-144

Insurance 1974-1978

Box 10, Folder 145-146

Internal Revenue Service 1965-1978

Box 10, Folder 147

Law Office 1974, undated

Box 10, Folder 148-149

Libel 1974-1978

Box 10, Folder 150

Licenses and contracts 1968-1977

Box 10, Folder 151-152

Media, Peoples Forum, Inc., and Guide Publishing Co. 1976-1977

Box 10, Folder 153

Medical 1969-1977

Box 10, Folder 154

Membership agreements, cards [1976-1977]

Box 10, Folder 155

Name changes 1960, 1977

Box 10, Folder 156-157

Notarial acts; notorial record books of June Crym, Jim Randolph, Joyce Cable Shaw 1971-1977

Box 10, Folder 158

Odd incidents and surveillances 1972, 1976-1977

Box 10, Folder 159-160

Personal injury 1976-1977

Box 11, Folder 161-165

Probate and estate 1963-1978

Box 11, Folder 166

Probation 1969-1978

Box 11, Folder 167

Rallies and demonstrations 1976, 1978

 

Real estate lawsuits

Box 11, Folder 168-175

Real estate lawsuits [folders 168-170 not found, 2010] 1962-1978

Box 12, Folder 176-179

Mills v. PT 1971-1978

Box 12, Folder 180

Mueller v. Indiana 1973-1978

Box 12, Folder 181

PT v. Gray 1968-1976

Box 12, Folder 182

PT v. St. Jude 1972-1975

Box 12, Folder 183

Pets Unlimited v. Plant Bros. 1976-1978

Box 12, Folder 184-185

Rentals 1976-1977

Box 12, Folder 186

1029 Geary 1976-1977

Box 12, Folder 187

Tenancy terminations 1977

Box 12, Folder 188-189

Trembley v. Mertle 1970-1976

Box 12, Folder 190

Receipts 1973, 1976-1977

Box 12, Folder 191-193

Social Security [folders 191-193 not found, 2010]

 

Subsidiary and related corporations

Box 12, Folder 194-196

Apostolic Corporation 1975-1977

Box 12, Folder 197

Bus garage 1972-1978

Box 12, Folder 198

Check Cash and Money Order Services Co. 1976-1977

Box 12, Folder 199

Peoples Temple Credit Union 1973-1977

Box 12, Folder 200-201

Fair Oaks Convalescent Hospital 1973-1976

Box 12, Folder 202

Leon Perry Trucking 1977-1978

Box 12, Folder 203

Richmond's Refrigeration Trucking Co. 1975-1976

Box 12, Folder 204

Truth Enterprises 1971-1976

Box 12, Folder 205

Valley Enterprises 1972-1977

Box 13, Folder 206-208

Traffic accidents 1971-1978

Box 13, Folder 209

Wills 1944, 1960-1976, bulk 1960-1976

 

Research material

Box 13, Folder 210-214

General 1974-1978

Box 13, Folder 215

previous hit Church next hit of Scientology 1972-1977

Box 13, Folder 216-217

Healings 1956-1977

Box 13, Folder 218

Subscriptions 1974-1978

 

Series 4:  Finance, 1922-1979

Extent: Box 13, folders 219-226; Boxes 14-58; Box 59, folders 983-1000; Box 140, folder 382; Roll 6

Arrangement

Arranged into seven subseries: 4.1: Members; 4.2: Subsidiary and Related Corporations; 4.3: Banking; 4.4: Real Estate; 4.5: Taxes; 4.6: Transportation; and 4.7: General Expenses.

Scope and Contents

The finance records of Peoples Temple comprise over a third of the records in the collection, and include documentation of both the personal finances of the membership and the accounting of the previous hit church next hit .
 

4.1:  Members, 1959-1978

Extent: Box 13, folders 219-226; Boxes 14-17; Box 18, folders 298-301

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of bank statements and related documents of members' individual financial accounts and papers pertaining to salaries, unemployment, income tax, life insurance, medical reimbursements, and social security applications and payments.

Restricted Materials

The following files are permanently sealed and closed: Members' medical records, Box 17, folders 294-297; Box 18, folders 298-300.
Box 13-15, Folder 219-252, Box 16, Folder 253-258

Banking 1959-1978

Box 16, Folder 259-267

Income 1959-1978

Box 16, Folder 268-275, Box 17, Folder 276-286

Income tax 1976-1977

Box 17, Folder 287-292

Life insurance 1976-1977

Box 17, Folder 293

Health insurance 1976-1977

Boxes 17-18, Folder 294-300

Medical 1976-1977

Restricted Materials

Medical files are permanently sealed and closed.
Box 18, Folder 301

Social Security 1976-1977

 

4.2:  Subsidiary and Related Corporations, 1965-1979

Extent: Box 18, folders 302-319; Boxes 19-36; Box 37, folders 608-619; Box 140, folder 382

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of the financial records of businesses managed and owned by Peoples Temple members. Includes records of Peoples Temple publishing companies, credit unions, several youth and senior care homes, samplings of money order vouchers, and blank checks for various corporations. Also includes expense records related to establishing an agricultural community in Guyana (folders 418-422 and 617-618) and records pertaining to Apostolic Corporation, the Peoples Temple life care retirement plan.
Box 18, Folder 302

General 1968-1978

Contents

Includes financial documents from the following: Brotherhood Records, Peoples Temple Starving Childrens Starvation Fund, Valley Publishing, Ron's Maintenance, Swaney's Rest Home, Truth Enterprises, E.B. Chaikin Law Operations, Relics N Things, Peoples Temple Co-op, Bus Garage, Valley Enterprises, Quality Painting, and Kevin Smith.
Box 18, Folder 303-304

Apostolic Corporation 1976-1977

 

Bogue Care Home

Box 18, Folder 305

Administrative 1968-1969, 1973-1976

Box 18, Folder 306-307

Checks 1974-1975

Box 18, Folder 308-312

Invoices and bills 1973-1976

Box 18, Folder 313

Bookkeeping service 1974-1978

 

Bus garage

Box 18, Folder 314

Administrative 1971, 1975-1977, bulk 1975-1977

Box 18, Folder 315

Titles and registrations 1971-1973, 1976-1978

Box 18, Folder 316-317

Drivers 1975-1977

Box 18, Folder 318-319

Insurance 1970-1978

Box 19, Folder 320-322

Mileage charts and fuel tax 1971-1977

Box 19, Folder 323

Accidents 1975-1977

Box 19, Folder 324-325

Repairs 1975-1977

Box 19, Folder 326-327

Accounts payable ledgers 1976-1978

Box 19, Folder 326-329

Accounting 1976-1978

Box 20, Folder 330-333

Banking 1975-1978

Box 20, Folder 334-347, Box 21, Folder 348-351

Invoices, bills, receipts 1975-1978

Box 21, Folder 352

Cern Enterprises 1978

Box 21, Folder 353-355

Chaikin Rental Trust [folder 355 empty, 2010] 1969-1976

 

Check Cashing and Money Order Service Company

Box 21, Folder 356

Administrative 1974, 1976-1978

Box 21, Folder 357-358

Report records 1977-1978

Box 21, Folder 359

Lists of payees 1978

Box 21, Folder 360-363

Banking, money order ledgers 1976-1978

Box 21, Folder 364

Banking 1974, 1976-1978

Box 21, Folder 365-366

Money order ledgers 1977-1978

Box 21, Folder 367-368

Money order reports 1977-1978

Box 22, Folder 369

Money order carbons 1977-1978

Box 22, Folder 370-372

Invoices and bills 1978

Box 22, Folder 373

Cheek Care Home 1976-1977

 

Cooperative, vitamin, and health products

Box 22, Folder 374

Banking 1974-1977

Box 22, Folder 375-377

Inventories, invoices, bills 1973, 1976-1977

 

Credit Union

Box 22, Folder 378

Correspondence 1973-1978

Box 22, Folder 379

Administrative records 1973-1977

Box 22, Folder 380

Minutes 1973-1977

Box 22, Folder 381

Financial statements 1973-1977

Box 22, Folder 382

Report of officials 1976-1977

Box 22, Folder 383-388

Members (A-Y) 1973-1977

Box 22, Folder 389

Credit Union National Association (C.U.N.A.) 1973-1977

Box 22-23, Folder 390-394

National Credit Union Administration (N.C.U.A.) 1972-1977

Box 23, Folder 395

California Credit Union League (C.C.U.L.) 1973-1977

Box 23, Folder 396-397

Shares 1973-1977

Box 23, Folder 398

Account cards 1973-1977

Box 23, Folder 399, Box 24, Folder 400

File cards undated

Box 24, Folder 401

Credit Union audits 1973-1977

Box 24, Folder 402-408

Withdrawals and deposits 1973-1977

Box 24, Folder 409-412

Credit Union statements 1973-1977

Box 24, Folder 413-414

Forms and booklets 1973-1974, undated

Box 24, Folder 415

Earth moving 1976-1978

Box 24, Folder 416

Edward's Rest Home 1975-1976

Box 24, Folder 417

Enola Nelson Realty 1971-1978

Box 24, Folder 418-419

Fireside Lodge 1976-1977

 

Freedom Land, Guyana

Box 24, Folder 420

Immunization records, clothing receipts 1977

Box 24, Folder 421

Airline and travel receipts, equipment rentals 1977

Box 25, Folder 422

Receipts for supplies and equipment for Guyana 1977

Box 25, Folder 423-426

George Holsome Enterprises 1965-1972

Box 25, Folder 427-428

Golden State Enterprises 1972-1975

 

Happy Acres

Box 25, Folder 429

Health Department correspondence 1972-1976

Box 35, Folder 430a-430d

Administrative 1971-1977

Box 25, Folder 431-439

Ledgers 1972-1976

Box 25, Folder 440

Income records 1976-1978

Box 25, Folder 441

Insurance 1972-1973

Box 26, Folder 442-443

Taxes 1969-1978

Box 26, Folder 444-448

Bank statements 1971-1978

Box 26, Folder 449-450

Bank deposits 1972-1978

Box 26, Folder 451

Agency stubs 1973-1976

Box 26-27, Folder 452-460

Checks 1972-1978

Box 27-31, Folder 461-523

Invoices, bills, receipts 1972-1978

Box 31, Folder 524-526

North Coast Regional Center billing 1977-1978

Box 31-32, Folder 527-532

Invoices, bills, receipts 1978-1979

Box 32, Folder 533-534

Hilltop Haven and Swaney's Rest Home 1971-1978

Box 32, Folder 535

Leon's Trucking 1977-1978

Box 32, Folder 536

Los Angeles thrift shop 1976-1977

Box 32, Folder 537

More Things 1975-1976

Box 32, Folder 538

Quality Painting 1977-1978

Box 32, Folder 539

R & J Second Hand Store 1971-1972

Box 32, Folder 540

Ray's Appliance Repair 1971-1972

Box 32, Folder 541-543

Relics N Things 1976-1977

Box 32, Folder 544

San Francisco Action Equality 1976

Box 32, Folder 545-548

Smith Refrigeration 1976-1977

Box 32, Folder 549

Student International Meditation Society 1969

Box 32, Folder 550

Touchette Care Home 1974-1975

Box 32, Folder 551

Tri-Smith Builders 1972-1977

 

Truth Enterprises

Box 32, Folder 552

Organizational, tax correspondence 1972, 1977-1978, bulk 1977-1978

Box 33, Folder 553-554

Ledgers, check registries 1975-1978

Box 33, Folder 555-557

Valley Publishing 1976-1978

Box 33, Folder 558

Insurance and tax 1973-1978

Box 33, Folder 559

Banking statements 1975-1978

Box 33, Folder 560, Box 34, Folder 582-583

Checks 1977-1978

Box 33, Folder 561-571, Box 34-35, Folder 584-598

Invoices, bills, cash receipts 1975-1978

 

Valley Enterprises

Box 33, Folder 572

Administrative 1976-1978

Box 33-34, Folder 573-577

Ledgers, bank statements 1973, 1976-1978

Box 34, Folder 578-581

Bank statements, correspondence, checks 1974-1978

Box 35-37, Folder 599-616

Invoices, bills, cash receipts 1976-1977

Box 37, Folder 617-618

Promised Land bills 1974-1979

Box 37, Folder 619

Whispering Pines 1976

 

4.3:  Banking, 1971-1978

Extent: Box 37, folders 620-626; Boxes 38-39; Box 40, folders 655-668

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically within folders.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of bank statements and documents related to banking procedures for deposits, withdrawals, and international transfers at financial institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Guyana. Includes bank records of individual members, ledgers, and correspondence. Miscellaneous bank documents are filed at the end of the series in folder 668.
Box 37, Folder 620

Miscellaneous correspondence and instructions 1976-1977

Box 37, Folder 621

Ledgers - Los Angeles 1977-1978

 

Bank of America 1972-1978

Box 37, Folder 622-623

San Francisco 1972-1978

Box 37-38, Folder 624-627

Los Angeles 1972-1978

Box 38, Folder 628-633

Statements, checks, and check registers 1972-1978

 

Bank of Montreal 1973-1978

Box 39, Folder 634

Correspondence, deposits 1973-1978

Box 39, Folder 635-638

Deposits 1977-1978

Box 39, Folder 639-643

Debits 1976-1978

Box 39, Folder 644-652

Statements 1977-1978

Box 39, Folder 653

Bank of Nova Scotia 1973

Box 39, Folder 654

Barclays Bank International Ltd 1973-1974

Box 40, Folder 655-656

California Canadian Bank 1977-1978

Box 40, Folder 657

Citizens Savings and Loan 1977

Box 40, Folder 658

Crocker Bank 1973-1975

Box 40, Folder 659

First National Bank of Miami 1973-1975

Box 40, Folder 660

Glendale Federal Savings Bank 1975

Box 40, Folder 661

Golden State Bank 1975

Box 40, Folder 662

Savings Bank of Mendocino County 1975

Box 40, Folder 663

Security Pacific 1971-1976

Box 40, Folder 664

Southern California First National Bank 1975

Box 40, Folder 665

United California Bank 1976-1978

Box 40, Folder 666

Western Union 1978

Box 40, Folder 667

Wells Fargo 1974, 1977

Box 40, Folder 668

Miscellaneous banks 1974-1978

 

4.4:  Real Estate, 1922-1979

Extent: Box 40, folders 669-674; Boxes 41-44; Box 45, folders 737-747; Roll 6

Arrangement

Further divided into two subsubseries: 4.4.1: Administration and 4.4.2: Properties.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of papers related to members' real estate properties, many of which were sold with the net proceeds donated to Peoples Temple. Includes property transfers to Peoples Temple leaders and papers pertaining to the previous hit church's next hit buildings in Redwood Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The properties are located in California unless indicated otherwise.
 

4.4.1:  Administration, 1952-1978, bulk 1965-1978

Extent: Box 40, folders 669-674; Box 41, folders 675-681

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers pertaining to management, rentals, insurance, and sales of Peoples Temple members' real estate properties. Includes grant deeds, quit claims, and escrow papers for numerous properties, including the holdings of Wade and Maybelle Medlock, the property contested in the lawsuit, Medlock v. Peoples Temple (folders 678-680).
Box 40, Folder 669

Sales of Peoples Temple properties 1973, 1976-1978

Box 40, Folder 670-671

Rentals 1977-1978

Box 40-41, Folder 672-677

Insurance 1965-1978

Box 41, Folder 678-680

Properties of Peoples Temple members 1952-1978

Scope and Contents

Includes grant deeds, quit claims, and sales escrow for numerous properties, including the holdings of Wade and Maybelle Medlock, the property contested in Medlock v. Peoples Temple.
Box 41, Folder 681

Blueprint of Redwood Valley structure 1968

 

4.4.2:  Properties, 1922-1979, bulk 1971-1978

Extent: Box 41, folders 682-694; Boxes 42-44; Box 45, folders 737-747; Roll 6

Arrangement

Arranged by Peoples Temple numerical code. Peoples Temple staff assigned numeric codes to the real estate files using numbers from the following ranges: 5001-5186, 6001-6027, and 8000-8002. Codes assigned to specific properties are indicated on the folders.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of papers pertaining to mortgages, contracts, appraisals, deeds, and titles for real estate and other types of property owned by Peoples Temple in California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Records pertaining to previous hit church next hit properties in Redwood Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles can be found in folders 685-688, 721, and 1488-1494.
Box 41, Folder 682

5001, 5004, 5005a, 5007-5008 1957-1978

Properties

1711 Wildwood Rd., Ukiah; 949 E. 114th St., Los Angeles; 115 E. 68th St., Los Angeles; 312 Snuffin St., Ukiah; 8461 75 East Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 41, Folder 683

5002 1971-1975

Properties

749 N. Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN
Box 41, Folder 684

5003-5003a 1963-1978

Properties

975 N. Delaware, Indianapolis, IN; 258 Howth St., San Francisco
Box 41, Folder 685-686

5005: 1859 Geary Blvd., San Francisco 1969-1978

Box 41, Folder 687-688

5006: 1360-1366 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles 1971-1976

Box 41, Folder 689

5011-5013 1972-1978

Properties

2260, 2270, 2280 Road K, Ukiah
Box 41, Folder 690

5015-5017 1928, 1966-1978, bulk 1966-1978

Properties

Road D, Redwood Valley; Cottage Grove Nursing Home, 9221 Vinecrest, Windsor; Lot 2, Las Brisas Subdivision, Redwood Valley
Box 41, Folder 691

5019-5019a 1948-1975

Properties

Peace Mission properties
Box 41, Folder 692-694

5020-5021 1965-1978

Properties

Bogue Care Home, 3551 Road B, Redwood Valley; 451, 453, 457, 459 N. Effie Road, Fresno
Box 42, Folder 695

5022, 5026, 5029-5030 1971-1977

Properties

Road H, Redwood Valley; 1228 W. 39th St., Los Angeles; Touchette Care Home, 3747 Road B, Redwood Valley; 615 W. previous hit Church next hit St., Ukiah
Box 42, Folder 696

5032, 5035, 5037 1970-1977

Properties

1202 Road M, Redwood Valley; 714 W. 56th St., Los Angeles; 2350 Lincoln Ave, Altadena
Box 42, Folder 697

5037-5042 1953-1978

Properties

2538 N. Lincoln Ave, Altadena; 118 Clayton St., Stockton; 1136 W. 93rd St., Los Angeles; 446 Orizala St., San Francisco, 2135 W. Mabama, Indianapolis, IN
Box 42, Folder 698

5044, 5048-5050 1957-1978

Properties

4063 Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles; 1415 College Ave, IN; Victorville, Raw Lands, San Bernardino County; 419 Jones St., Ukiah; 1121 W. 65th St., Los Angeles
Box 42, Folder 699

5051-5056 1963-1977

Properties

121 Fillmore St., San Francisco; 1621 81st Ave., Oakland; Lot 6, Block 16, Dallas, TX; 823 Fell St., San Francisco, Lot 431, California City
Box 42, Folder 700

5057-5060, 5063 1965-1978

Properties

7600 Weld St., Oakland; 7524 Weld St., Oakland; 688 Carpino Ave., Pittsburg; 200 Carlton Dr., Ukiah; 5426 Homeside Ave., Los Angeles; 514 E. 2nd Ave., Toppenish, WA
Box 42, Folder 701

5065-5070 1947-1977

Properties

Lots 47, 48, Wright Place, Oklahoma City, OK; Lot 47, Block 1, Wilshire Place, Houston, TX; 2501 S. 1st St., Monroe, LA; Section 26, Twp. 8, Bradford County, FL; 49 E. Geary St., Fresno; 1239 W. 38th St., Los Angeles
Box 42, Folder 702

5071-5072, 5074-5075 1951-1978

Properties

824 9th St., Bakersfield; 631 E. 109th St., Los Angeles; 1004 E. 81st St., Los Angeles
Box 42, Folder 703

5076-5078, 5080-5081 1947-1978

Properties

707 E. 8th Place, Los Angeles; Capital Fund of America shares;, 1814 W. Century, Los Angeles; 1118 E. 65th St., Los Angeles
Box 42, Folder 704

5082-5085 1935, 1942, 1961-1978, bulk 1961-1978

Properties

1415 Nadeau, Los Angeles; 6730 S. Compton Ave., Los Angeles; Troup, TX; 1102 W. 43rd St., California City
Box 42, Folder 705

5087-5089, 5091 1959-1978

Properties

13364 Eustace St., Pacoima; 1056 W. 52nd St., Los Angeles; 4628 S. Wall St., Los Angeles; 5116-5118 Towne St., Los Angeles
Box 42, Folder 706

5091-5092, 5094-5095 1948, 1954, 1964-1978, bulk 1964-1978

Properties

236 Farralones St., San Francisco; 3288 Morcom Ave., Oakland; Lot 141, Tract 1509, Bakersfield; 1216-1218 E. 84th Place, Los Angeles
Box 42, Folder 707

5095, 5098, 5101, 5102, 5104 1927, 1951, 1960-1979, bulk 1960-1979

Properties

Arkansas lot, Monroe County, AR; 29 Admiral Ave., San Francisco; 747 E. 56th St., Los Angeles; 142 5th St., Richmond
Box 42, Folder 708

5103 1955, 1958, 1971-1978

Properties

1727 Sacramento St., Vallejo
Box 42, Folder 709

5105-5109 1967-1976

Properties

244, 244 1/2, 246 E. 89th St., Los Angeles; 2946 E. 7th St., Oakland; Cacique, Santa Barbara; 21601 Nance St., Perris; 530 Virginia Circle, Redwood Valley
Box 42, Folder 710

5110 1974-1977

Properties

Lots 23-24, Block 147 Lewis Original Town, 1450, 1451 Addition, Abilene, TX
Box 42, Folder 711

5110-5114 1947, 1966-1979

Properties

Raw Lands, Leon County, TX; Oak Dale Dr., Erie, PA; 79th St., Sacramento
Box 43, Folder 712

5114-5117 1967-1977

Properties

8931 East Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 713

5118-5119 1966-1978

Properties

Klamath River Estates, OR; Lot 51, Tract 1761, Long Beach; 651 North Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 714

5120, 5122-5123, 5125, 5127 1962-1978

Properties

Rt. 1, Box 399 E, Redwood Valley; 224 Laws Ave., Ukiah; 1201 Road M., Redwood Valley; 469 Bright St., San Francisco; 2650 Rancheria Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 715

5128-5130 1963-1977

Properties

2583 W. Union St., San Bernardino; Harrison County, TX; 1660 Page St., San Francisco
Box 43, Folder 716

5131-5133 1963-1978

Properties

4639 California St., San Francisco; 1752 McKinnon St., San Francisco; 1704-1708 21st St., San Francisco
Box 43, Folder 717

5133-5136 1948-1978

Properties

265 Montana St., San Francisco; Lot 386, Buck's Golden Tract, Los Angeles; 7 Lee Ave, Lots 1-3 Lee and Lakeview, San Francisco
Box 43, Folder 718

5137-5141 1922, 1934, 1942-1977, bulk 1960-1977

Properties

858 Arkansas, San Francisco; 119 Lobos St., San Francisco; Section 23, Twp. 9 South, Imperial County; Lot 21, Limestone County, TX, Lots 1-5, Sheya Addition, Helper, UT; 373 Hunter Ave., Oakland
Box 43, Folder 719

5142-5146 1961-1977

Properties

2030 11th Ave., Oakland; 19230 Prairie St., Northridge; Rockport, TX; 3302 Costa Dr., Hayward; 440 Ellen Lynn Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 720

5147 1967-1977

Properties

1678 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa
Box 43, Folder 721

5148, 5151, 5154-5155 1955, 1964-1978, bulk 1964-1978

Properties

86659 Loretto Ave., Cotati; 720 Harrison St., Richmond; 331 Vermont Ave., San Mateo; 1729, 1733 86th Ave., Oakland; 7700-7730 East Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 722-723

5156-5157 1951, 1967-1977, bulk 1967-1977

Properties

7600 East Road, Redwood Valley; 2080 Road F, Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 724

5158-5162 1958-1977

Properties

2290, 2300 Road K, Redwood Valley; 16000 Tomki Rd., Redwood Valley, 200 Carlton Dr., Ukiah; 2220 Road E, Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 725

5163-5165 1968-1977

Properties

400 Empire Dr., Ukiah; 9200 West Rd., Redwood Valley; 6260 Eastside Calpella Rd., Ukiah
Box 43, Folder 726

5166-5168 1948, 1958, 1963-1978, bulk 1963-1978

Properties

425 Ellen Lynn St., Redwood Valley; 670 School Way, Redwood Valley; 288 1/2 W. 59th Place, Los Angeles; 222 W. 88th St., Los Angeles
Box 43, Folder 727

5169 1953-1977

Properties

Anthony Hall Nursing Home, Indianapolis, IN
Box 43, Folder 728

5170-5173 1968-1977

Properties

Mobile home, Ukiah; 7750 East Rd., Redwood Valley; 309 Arlington Dr., Ukiah; Tomki Road, Redwood Valley
Box 43, Folder 729

5174-5175, 5177-5178 1966-1978

Properties

7670 East Rd., Redwood Valley; Walnut Acres, 7640 East Rd., Redwood Valley; 1150 Holloway, San Francisco; 2560 Fleetwood Dr., San Bruno; Fuel tank, Willits
Box 44, Folder 730

5179-5181 1950-1978

Properties

734 1/2 E 102nd St., Los Angeles; 6316 7th Ave., Los Angeles; 10221 Clovis Ave., Los Angeles
Box 44, Folder 731

5182, 5184, 6001, 6004, 6007-6008 1965-1978

Properties

1731 W. 53rd St., Los Angeles; 1415 Nob Hill Rd., Mendocino County; application for Mendocino County Board of Realtors; Crescent Realty, 515 Hayes St., San Francisco
Box 44, Folder 732-733

6002 1972-1978

Properties

8129 S. Mariposa, Los Angeles; West Road; Redwood Valley; Fireside Lodge, 1450 Knob Hill, Ukiah
Box 44, Folder 734

6003 1970-1978

Properties

1551 Road D, Redwood Valley
Box 44, Folder 735

6011-6012 1954-1978

Properties

Escrow accounts for Ponts and Wages; 1550-1560 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Box 44-45, Folder 736-437

6021 1972-1978

Properties

Green Acres Care Home, 7615 and 7625 East Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 45, Folder 738

6025-6027 1966-1978

Properties

15 Harte Ave., San Rafael; Whispering Pines Care Home, 9810 Rancheria Rd., Redwood Valley
Box 45, Folder 739

8000, 8002 1963-1977

Properties

Lafayette Hotel, 240 Hyde St., San Francisco; 1795 Newcomb Ave., San Francisco
Box 45, Folder 740-742

Peoples Temple Apartments, 1435 Alvarado Terrace, Los Angeles 1973-1978

Roll 6

Blue prints for Peoples Temple Apartments, 1435 Alvarado Terrace, Los Angeles undated

Box 45, Folder 743

Property owned by Angel Child in Philadelphia, PA 1970-1972

Box 45, Folder 744

Property owned by Syola Turner 1951-1977

Box 45, Folder 745

Property owned by Jim Jones in Indianapolis, IN 1953-1978

Box 45, Folder 746

Property owned by Serena Hunt 1962-1976

Box 45, Folder 747

Happy Acres, 2451 Road K, Redwood Valley 1971-1977

 

4.5:  Taxes, 1967-1978

Extent: Box 45, folders 748-752

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers pertaining to previous hit church next hit -related exemptions and business taxes.
Box 45, Folder 748-749

Property 1975-1978

Box 45, Folder 750-751

Exemptions 1967-1978

Box 45, Folder 752

Sales 1972-1978

 

4.6:  Transportation, 1963-1978

Extent: Box 45, folders 753-762; Boxes 46-49; Box 50, folders 834-837

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically then alphabetically within folders.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of documents pertaining to members' automobiles and other vehicles maintained by Peoples Temple. Includes records related to drivers of Peoples Temple buses and traffic violations.
Box 45, Folder 753-754

Administration 1973-1977

Content

Includes vehicle registry book.
Box 45, Folder 755-756

Vehicle registrations, use registry 1976-1978

Box 45, Folder 757

Driver cards 1976

Box 45, Folder 758

Forms 1976, undated

Box 45, Folder 759

Inspection reports 1976-1977

Box 45, Folder 760

Driver records on non- previous hit church next hit owned vehicles 1975-1976

Box 45, Folder 761-762

previous hit Church next hit owned vehicles 1973-1978

Box 46, Folder 763-770

Ownership (Adams-Eichler) 1974-1978

Box 47, Folder 771-788

Ownership (Evans-Yates) 1963, 1973-1978, bulk 1973-1978

Box 47, Folder 789-790

Insurance memos 1975-1977

Box 48, Folder 791

Group accident insurance 1975-1977

Box 48, Folder 792-793

Insurance administration 1976-1977

Box 48, Folder 794

Calendar of insurance policy expiration dates 1978

Box 48, Folder 795-796

previous hit Church next hit policies 1973-1977

Box 48, Folder 797-813

Individual insurance policies (Adams-Johnson) 1975-1978

Box 49, Folder 814-827

Individual insurance policies (Johnston-Yates) 1975-1978

Box 49, Folder 828-832

Accidents 1974-1978

Box 49, Folder 833

Traffic tickets (Adams-Coomer) 1976-1977

Box 50, Folder 834-837

Traffic tickets (Darden-Young) 1974-1978

 

4.7:  General Expenses, 1962-1978

Extent: Box 50, folders 838-850; Boxes 51-58; Box 59, folders 983-1000

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of invoices interspersed with correspondence pertaining to Peoples Temple business and housing expenses. Includes samplings of utility bills and members' submissions for the reimbursement of personal expenses called "needs slips." Also includes receipts and invoices for supplies and travel to Guyana (folders 617-618 and 878-879 and 897) and invoices for the purchase of gold (folder 862).
Box 50, Folder 838-839

General expenses 1970-1978

Box 50, Folder 840

General expenses - check and cash disbursements 1977-1978

Box 50, Folder 841-842

Apostolic Homes and miscellaneous companies 1976-1978

Box 50-51, Folder 843-853

Ledgers 1976-1978

Box 51, Folder 854

Redwood Valley communal receipts 1976-1978

Box 51, Folder 855-859

Members 1962-1977

Box 51, Folder 860

Inspection invoices 1965-1978

Box 51, Folder 861

Guyana project invoices and bills 1975-1978

Box 51, Folder 862

Shamaz Trading Company invoices and bills 1975

Boxes 51-55, Folder 863-924

San Francisco invoices 1976-1978

 

Los Angeles

Box 55-57, Folder 925-958

Invoices 1975-1978

Box 57, Folder 959

Freedom Land [Guyana] airline receipts 1977-1978

Box 57, Folder 960-963

Guyana invoices 1977

Box 57-58, Folder 964-975

Miscellaneous invoices 1971-1978

Box 58-59, Folder 976-990

Members' personal needs slips and receipts 1976-1978

Box 59, Folder 991-1000

Receipt books 1972-1978

 

Series 5:  Agricultural Mission, 1970-1978

Extent: Box 59, folders 1001-1003; Boxes 60-65; Roll 6

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of papers related to the shipment of supplies from the U.S. to Guyana for the establishment and maintenance of Peoples Temple Agricultural Mission, later known as Jonestown. Includes correspondence from U.S. and Guyanese public officials; documents from the Guyana Coordinating Committee responsible for assisting members with paperwork and preparations for travel to Guyana; and correspondence from the Guyanese public, including requests for healings, clothes and calendars. Also includes telegrams from bereaved relatives after the deaths in Jonestown (folder 1011); correspondence from Maria Katsaris to Jim Randolph regarding conditions in Jonestown (folders 1012-1016); instructions for domestic and international travel (folder 1024); and an inventory for the shipment of items used in the apartment maintained by Peoples Temple in Georgetown, Guyana (folder 1071).
Box 59, Folder 1001-1003

Official correspondence 1973-1978

Box 60, Folder 1004-1010

Correspondence with Guyanese citizens 1972-1978

Box 60, Folder 1011

Telegrams of support 1978

 

Guyana Coordinating Committee

Box 61, Folder 1012

Chaikin correspondence, administrative memos 1976-1977

Box 61, Folder 1013-1014

Reports, minutes of meetings 1974-1978

Box 61, Folder 1015

Requests for materials and supplies 1976-1978

Box 61, Folder 1015

Public Relations Subcommittee 1976-1978

Box 61, Folder 1017

Finance Committee 1975-1978

Box 61, Folder 1018

Ship Shopping Committee 1976

Box 61, Folder 1019-1021

Media - Articles and scrapbooks [folders not found, 2010] 1976-1977

Box 61, Folder 1022

Members cleared for Guyana 1977

Box 62, Folder 1022a

Card file of members remaining in U.S. 1976-1977

Box 61, Folder 1023

Members' emigration to Guyana 1976-1978

Box 61, Folder 1024

Packing instructions, information on travel to Guyana 1976-1977

Box 61, Folder 1025-1028

Information about Matthews Ridge, and on Guyana's schools, previous hit churches next hit , health care, and economics 1970-1976

 

Shipments to Guyana

Box 61, Folder 1029

Shipping instructions, supply lists, authorizations 1975, 1977-1978

Box 61, Folder 1030

Inventories, requested supplies 1975-1977

Box 61, Folder 1031

Purchase orders, requests for supplies 1975, 1977

Box 61, Folder 1032-1041

Shipping invoices for supplies and equipment shipped to Guyana 1974-1978

Box 61, Folder 1042

Shipping insurance 1974-1975

Box 61, Folder 1043-1046, Box 63-65, Folder 1047-1075

Inventories and bills of lading for shipments to Guyana 1974-1978

Contents

Inventory for shipment of contents for Georgetown apartment in folder 1071
Box 65, Folder 1076

Rock crusher plans 1971, 1975

Box 65, Folder 1077

Incubator plans 1976, 1978

Roll 6

Blueprints and map

 

Series 6:  Personal Records, 1973-1978

Extent: Boxes 66-76; Box 140, folder 1188b

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of members' application forms and liability releases for travel to Guyana, including personal papers such as birth and marriage certificates, medical information, passport applications, correspondence, and other writings. Includes a binder with an inventory of all members planning to migrate to Guyana, with a checklist that includes passport and vaccination information (box 143). To research records for a specific person, researchers should consult lists of members' names and their alternative names online on the Who Died list, maintained by the Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, available online at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/ 

Access Restrictions

Personal Records, Boxes 66-74, folders 1078-1196, contain information about each member traveling to Guyana, including application forms, liability releases, birth and marriage certificates, passport applications, and medical information. Medical forms and any supporting documentation such as doctor's correspondence, medical bills, etc., are closed.
All other documents pertaining to former members that are still living require the permission of that person to be released. The researcher must locate the individual and present CHS with proof of permission, either by email or written letter.
Box 143

Master List of Peoples Temple Members undated

Box 66, Folder 1078-1080

Aaron-Armstrong 1973, 1975-1978

Box 67, Folder 1081-1086a

Arnold-Bolton [Folder 1086a, Blackwell-Bolton not found, 2010] 1976-1977

Box 68, Folder 1087-1101

Bonner-Curtin 1975-1978

Box 69, Folder 1102-1118

Dandy-Grunnet 1975-1978

Box 70, Folder 1119-1136

Guidrey-Johnson 1975-1978

Box 71, Folder 1137-1154

Johnson-Mitchell 1975-1978

Box 72, Folder 1155-1172

Mitchell-Scheid 1975-1978

Box 73, Folder 1173-1190

Scheid-Watkins 1975-1978

Box 140, Folder 1188b

P. Wade drawing undated

Box 74, Folder 1191-1196

Watkins-Young 1975-1978

Box 74, Folder 1197

Members' signatures on otherwise blank papers undated

Box 75-76

Blessing cards undated

 

Series 7:  Media, 1961-1978

Extent: Box 77, folders 1198-1213

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries: 7.1: Correspondence and 7.2: Publications and Broadcasts.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of flyers, publications, and reprints of news articles. Also includes correspondence, transcripts, and drafts of mailings and radio broadcasts.
 

7.1:  Correspondence, 1976-1978

Extent: Box 77, folders 1198-1199

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence regarding the article about Jim Jones and Peoples Temple published in the magazine New West in August 1977, and responses to articles published by Peoples Temple in Peoples Forum.
Box 77, Folder 1198

Correspondence regarding New West August 1977 article 1977

Box 77, Folder 1199

Correspondence regarding Peoples Forum 1976-1978

 

7.2:  Publications and Broadcasts, 1961-1978

Extent: Box 77, folders 1200-1213

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of flyers, publications and drafts of press releases, radio broadcasts, and mailings. Includes issues of Peoples Forum; transcripts of interviews with Mark Lane, Don Freed, and Daniel Ellsberg; previous hit church next hit bulletins from 1971-1972 with transcripts of Jim Jones's sermons; issues of Family Good News published in 1974; press releases; a draft of "Jim Jones and Peoples Temple: The Rising Up of a Man and a Movement"; and other writings, including a poem that may have been written by Jim Jones.

Related Materials

Additional issues of Peoples Forum and other publications are available in the related collection, Peoples Temple Ephemera and Publications, MS 4124.
Box 77, Folder 1200-1201

Newspaper articles about Peoples Temple 1961-1978

Box 77, Folder 1202

Interview and speech transcripts 1978

Box 77, Folder 1203-1204

Mailings, newsletters, bulletins 1969-1977

 

Mailings - Agricultural Mission 1977-1978

Box 77, Folder 1206-1207

Press releases, public relations materials, testimonials 1971-1978

 

Publications

Box 77, Folder 1209

Temple Reporter 1973

Box 77, Folder 1210

Peoples Forum 1976-1977

Box 77, Folder 1211

Peoples Forum bylaws and articles of incorporation 1976-1977

Box 77, Folder 1212

Radio broadcasts, Peoples Temple; radio news coverage early 1970s, 1978

Box 77, Folder 1213

Writings - essay and testimonials on Peoples Temple and Jim Jones 1978

Contents

Contains a typescript of poem entitled "Forever Jones" attributed to Jim Jones, dated 1969 October 11; an article titled "Jim Jones & Peoples Temple: The Rising Up of a Man and a Movement"; "The Human Service Ministry of Peoples Temple Ministry of Peoples Temple Christian previous hit Church next hit : A Selection of Statements . . ."; and document "A Follower of This Activist Ministry Aspires to Become."
 

Series 8:  Subjects, 1961-1978

Extent: Box 77, folders 1214-1225; Boxes 78-79; Box 80, folders 1281-1291

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Contents

Consists of subject files created by Peoples Temple office staff on various topics of interest.

Note

Note: folder titles were created by Peoples Temple staff, and do not always reflect contents. In some cases, notes in square brackets following titles have been supplied by CHS staff to clarify contents.
Box 77, Folder 1214

Airplanes 1970-1971

Box 77, Folder 1215-1216

Banking 1971-1977

 

Civil rights [files of Dr. Lee Coleman]

Box 77, Folder 1217

Blacks 1974-1978

Box 77, Folder 1218-1219

Prisons and crime undated

Box 77, Folder 1220-1224

Prisons and prisoners, Dr. Lee Coleman 1972-1974

Box 77, Folder 1225

Strikes 1975-1976

Box 78, Folder 1226-1228

Education [folder not found, 2010]

Box 78, Folder 1229

Environment 1972

Box 78, Folder 1230

Equipment [manuals] undated

Box 78, Folder 1231

Food [ordering for large scale use] 1976

Box 78, Folder 1232

Food and health [health, nutrition, and exercise] 1972-1976

Box 78, Folder 1233-1234

Food equipment [manuals] undated

Box 78, Folder 1235

Food stamps, Repatriate program 1976

Box 78, Folder 1236

Freedom of the press 1976-1978

Box 78, Folder 1237

Guyana [articles and maps] 1968, 1975

Box 78, Folder 1238

Hearst, Patricia 1974

 

Insurance [brochures and promotional materials, policies]

Box 78, Folder 1239-1241

Automobile policies 1975, undated

Box 78, Folder 1242

Life undated

Box 78, Folder 1243

Medical undated

Box 78, Folder 1244

Property and fire undated

Box 78, Folder 1245

Kinsolving [Lester] articles 1973, 1975

Box 78, Folder 1246-1247

Law 1969-1978

Box 78, Folder 1248-1249

Maps [California] undated

Box 78, Folder 1250

Newspaper articles 1974

Contents

Issue of St. Louis Argus, 1974 July 18
Box 78, Folder 1251

Office supplies [catalogs and lists] 1975-1976

Box 78, Folder 1252

Personal improvement 1977-1978

Box 78, Folder 1253-1254

Photography equipment undated

Box 78, Folder 1255

Plans 1974

Box 78, Folder 1256

Police, San Francisco 1977`

Box 78, Folder 1257

Politics, U.S. 1972-1975

Box 79, Folder 1258

Politics, world 1963-1975

Box 79, Folder 1259

Power plants undated

Box 79, Folder 1260

Prose and poetry 1977, undated

Box 79, Folder 1261

Radio and recorder undated

Box 79, Folder 1262

Real estate, rentals 1978

Box 79, Folder 1263

Religion 1973

Box 79, Folder 1264-1266

Religion, Christian Crusade Weekly 1971-1972

Box 79, Folder 1267

Religion, Disciples of Christ 1977-1978

Box 79, Folder 1268

Religion, miscellaneous previous hit churches next hit 1961, 1971-1977, bulk 1971-1977

Box 79, Folder 1269

Social Security, retirement and pensions 1974-1977

Box 79, Folder 1270

South America, Chile, and Peru 1971-1972

Box 79, Folder 1271-1279

Tax 1971-1978

Box 79, Folder 1280

Transportation 1974-1976

Box 80, Folder 1281-1283

Travel, airlines and tours 1975-1976

Box 80, Folder 1284

Travel, passports and foreign residence 1973

Box 80, Folder 1285

U.S.S.R. and Cuba, articles 1973-1977

Box 80, Folder 1286-1288

Vehicles and vehicle repair 1973, undated

Box 80, Folder 1289

Water pump equipment undated

Box 80, Folder 1290

Windmill equipment undated

Box 80, Folder 1291

Wire tap, article 1973

 

Series 9:  Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office 1943-1979

Extent: Box 80, folders 1292-1307; Boxes 81-82; Box 83, folders 1347-1352

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers and realia collected by the Major Fraud Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office during their investigation of extortion charges filed by the Medlock family against Jim Jones and other members of Peoples Temple in 1977. Includes summaries of interviews with members shortly before and after the deaths in Jonestown by investigator Stephen J. Ramirez and papers pertaining to real estate properties in Los Angeles and members in Southern California. Also includes an inventory book used to register members' passports (folder 1341). The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office released these materials to the receiver for his work in locating Peoples Temple assets.
Box 80, Folder 1292

Search warrants 1978-1979

Contents

Contains Medlock lawsuit.
Box 80, Folder 1293

Investigator's report 1978

Box 80, Folder 1294

Title searches 1978

Contents

Contains information on Peoples Temple properties in Los Angeles.
Box 80, Folder 1295

Bank schedules 1978

Box 80, Folder 1296-1303

Search warrants #1-6 1978

Box 80-81, Folder 1304-1311

Bank of America 1976-1978

Box 81, Folder 1312-1314

Bank of Montreal 1975-1979

Box 81, Folder 1315

Checks and currency 1976-1977

 

Enola Nelson Realty

Box 81, Folder 1316-1319

General 1946-1978

Box 81, Folder 1320-1321

Appraisals 1971-1978

Box 81, Folder 1322

McElvane correspondence 1968-1978

Box 81, Folder 1323

Correspondence 1943, 1975, 1978

Box 81, Folder 1324

Documents 1961-1978

Box 81, Folder 1325

Correspondence 1967-1977

Box 81, Folder 1326

Rosters 1955, 1968-1976, bulk 1968-1976

Box 81, Folder 1327

Business cards undated

Box 82, Folder 1328-1329

Country-wide Funding Corp. 1967-1971

Box 82, Folder 1330

Daybook, driver log 1974

Box 82, Folder 1331

Business cards undated

Box 82, Folder 1332-1333

Writings by Jim McElvane undated

Box 82, Folder 1334

Apostolic Corporation 1972-1978

Box 82, Folder 1335-1339

Los Angeles Temple - rosters 1974-1978

Box 82, Folder 1340

Los Angeles Temple - security undated

Box 82, Folder 1341

Passports - register 1975 January 2 - 1978 November 15

Contents

Contains a register of members' passports. The following information is included for all entries: date the passport was collected, the name of the passport holder, passport number, and who it was picked up by.
Box 82, Folder 1342-1343

Membership card rosters 1973-1977

Box 82, Folder 1344

Membership lists 1973

Box 82, Folder 1345

Telephone messages - Enola Nelson Realty 1976

Box 82, Folder 1346

Media 1975-1978

Contents

Contains Peoples Temple press releases from Jonestown, Guyana, in response to media articles in the U.S.
Box 83, Folder 1347

Ledger 1977

Box 83, Folder 1348

Telephone numbers and addresses undated

Box 83, Folder 1349

Hue Fortson's driving log 1977-1978

Box 83, Folder 1350

Healing 1977 April 30, undated

Contents

Includes writings about healings and a narrative of a Jim Jones sermon, April 30, 1977.
Box 83, Folder 1351

Medi-Cal handbook and worksheets 1974-1975

Box 83, Folder 1352

Spiritualism and psychology undated

 

Series 10:  Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1976-1977

Extent: Box 83, folders 1353-1367; Box 84, folders 1368-1388

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of the organization's and individual members' financial records from accounts held at Bank of Montreal. The FBI released these records to the receiver for his work in locating Peoples Temple assets.
Box 83, Folder 1353-1367

Bank of Montreal (Adams-Jackson) 1976-1977

Box 84, Folder 1368-1386

Bank of Montreal (Jackson-Young) 1976-1977

Box 84, Folder 1387

Peoples Temple account at Bank of Montreal 1977

Box 84, Folder 1388

Social Security direct deposits at Bank of Montreal 1976-1977

 

Series 11:  Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. Attorney General of California, 1950-1984

Extent: Boxes 85-128; Box 129, folders 2306-2314; Box 138, folders 2436-2439; Box 139, folders 2440-2446

Arrangement

Arranged mainly as received from receiver's staff, in numeric order. Numbers are stamped on the back of each document.
The series is further subdivided into six subseries: 11.1: Administration; 11.2: Interments; 11.3: Investigation to Locate Assets; 11.4: Peoples Temple Information; 11.5: Claims; and 11.6: Reports.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of papers pertaining to the receiver's work in locating Peoples Temple assets, settling claims against the estate, and dissolving the organization after the deaths in Jonestown. Includes legal documents, financial papers, and research materials. Also includes documents related to the identification and burial of unclaimed bodies from Jonestown. The court case, No. 746571, was adjudicated in San Francisco Superior Court in 1983.
Contains many legal and financial records gathered by the receiver during his search for assets, including letters from the public objecting to the mass burial of bodies at cemeteries in Fernwood Cemetery in Marin (folder 1395), and correspondence between the receiver and the surviving members of Jim and Marceline Jones regarding details of their estate.
Additional documents in this series include an original handwritten will by Jim Jones, dated May 13, 1978 (folder 1461), and a personal letter from member Kay Henderson to Jim Jones outlining her grievances with Peoples Temple and asking for permission to take "time away" (folder 1814).
 

11.1:  Administration, 1979-1982

Extent: Box 85, Folders 1389-1391

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence, court orders, and memos relating to the appointment of Robert H. Fabian as receiver by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ira Brown. Contains records produced by the establishment of an office, including the hiring of staff and outside legal counsel.
Box 85, Folder 1389-1390

Correspondence from the receiver's office 1979-1982

Box 85, Folder 1391

Memos and general correspondence 1979-1982

 

11.2:  Interments, 1979-1980

Extent: Box 85, folders 1392-1413; Box 86, folders 1414-1426

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of materials pertaining to the identification and burial of unclaimed bodies from Jonestown. Includes Peoples Temple membership lists, death certificates, and court papers. Includes lists of people reputed to have been in Jonestown on November 18, 1978, and who are presumed to have died there. This information was obtained by the receiver from various sources. Names and birthdates are listed.
Box 85, Folder 1392-1393

Correspondence 1979-1980

Box 85, Folder 1394

Court materials 1979

Box 85, Folder 1395

Objections to location of mass burial site 1979

Contents

Objection to burials in various locations.
Box 85, Folder 1396

Transportation of bodies 1979

Box 85, Folder 1397

Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, CA 1979

Box 85, Folder 1398

Winston agreement 1979

Box 85, Folder 1399

Paid funeral directors 1979

Box 85, Folder 1400

Related costs 1979

Box 85, Folder 1401-1402

Master list of deceased 1979

Box 85, Folder 1403-1404

Decedent list 1979

Box 85, Folder 1405-1413

Burials (Addison-Ijames) 1979

Box 86, Folder 1414-1425

Burials (Jackson-Wright) 1979

Box 86, Folder 1426

Survivors 1979

 

11.3:  Investigation to Locate Assets, 1955-1983

Extent: Box 86, folders 1427-1431; Boxes 87-89; Box 90, folders 1527-1560

Arrangement

Further divided into seven subsubseries: 11.3.1: Correspondence and Interviews; 11.3.2: Domestic Bank Accounts; 11.3.3: Offshore Bank Accounts; 11.3.4: Personal Property; 11.3.5: Real Estate; 11.3.6: Subsidiary and Related Corporations; and 11.3.7: Nonbank Debits.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of financial records. Also includes receiver's correspondence and legal papers pertaining to the search and retrieval of Peoples Temple assets from the U.S., Guyana, and other countries where assets were puportedly held.
 

11.3.1:  Correspondence and Interviews, 1979-1981

Extent: Box 86, folders 1427-1431; Box 87, folders 1432-1442

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of transcripts of interviews with Peoples Temple members regarding Peoples Temple financial practices and assets. Also includes correspondence with Sir Lionel Luckhoo, an attorney in Guyana; the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office; and the FBI.
Box 86, Folder 1427

Correspondence 1979-1980

Box 86, Folder 1428

Deborah Blakey 1979

Box 86, Folder 1429

Teri Buford 1979-1980

Box 86, Folder 1430

Charles Garry 1979

Box 86, Folder 1431

Pat Richartz 1979

Box 87, Folder 1432

June Crym 1979

Box 87, Folder 1433

Jim Randolph 1979-1980

Box 87, Folder 1434

Dale Parks 1980

Box 87, Folder 1435

Mark Lane 1979-1980

Box 87, Folder 1436

Deb Touchette 1980

Box 87, Folder 1438

Investigations to locate assets - offshore 1979-1981

Contents

Contains correspondence to banks offshore and petitions from Fabian for funds to cover expenses incurred.
Box 87, Folder 1437

Al Mills statement 1980

Box 87, Folder 1439

Don W. Buster investigation report 1979

Box 87, Folder 1440

Nicholas DeLancie 1979

Box 87, Folder 1441

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office 1979-1980

Contents

Contains search warrants.
Box 87, Folder 1442

Federal Bureau of Investigation 1979-1980

 

11.3.2:  Domestic Bank Accounts, 1976-1980

Extent: Box 87, folders 1443-1449

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of research materials and financial records for Peoples Temple accounts in the U.S. Includes correspondence and papers pertaining to members' personal finances.
Box 87, Folder 1443-1444

Domestic bank accounts 1978-1980

Box 87, Folder 1445

Peoples Temple 1979

Box 87, Folder 1446

Fictitious names 1976-1979

Box 87, Folder 1447

Corporations 1979-1980

Box 87, Folder 1448

Living previous hit church next hit members 1979-1980

Box 87, Folder 1449

Deceased 1979

 

11.3.3:  Offshore Bank Accounts, 1950-1960, 1975-1982, undated

Extent: Box 87, folders 1450-1462; Box 88, folders 1463-1475

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of research materials and financial records for Peoples Temple accounts in Guyana and other countries. Includes papers pertaining to Carolyn Layton's estate.
Box 87, Folder 1450

Summary undated

Box 87, Folder 1451-1455

Panama 1975-1981

Box 87-88, Folder 1456-1463

Carolyn Layton safety deposit box [folder 1456 not found, 2010] 1975-1979

Contents

Will of Jim Jones, handwritten and dated May 13, 1978 (folder 1461).
Box 88, Folder 1464

Teri Buford 1980-1982

Box 88, Folder 1465

Switzerland 1979-1981

Box 88, Folder 1466-1469

Guyana 1979-1980

Box 88, Folder 1470

Nassau and Islands of the Bahamas 1959, 1960, 1979-1982

Box 88, Folder 1471

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago 1979

Box 88, Folder 1472-1473

Venezuela 1950, 1953, 1979-1982

Box 88, Folder 1474

Grenada 1977-1980

Box 88, Folder 1475

England 1980

 

11.3.4:  Personal Property, 1974-1983

Extent: Box 88, folders 1476-1487

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of research materials and correspondence pertaining to the identification, possession, and liquidation of Peoples Temple equipment, vessels, vehicles, and jewelry.
Box 88, Folder 1476

Los Angeles and San Francisco 1979

Box 88, Folder 1477

San Francisco auction 1978-1979

Box 88, Folder 1478

San Francisco buses and automobiles 1979-1980

Box 88, Folder 1479

San Francisco lien sale 1974-1979

Box 88, Folder 1480

Willits gasoline 1975-1983

Box 88, Folder 1481

Vehicle forms 1979

Box 88, Folder 1482-1483

Boats 1978-1983

Box 88, Folder 1484

Guyana 1978-1979

Box 88, Folder 1485

Switzerland 1979

Box 88, Folder 1486

Klineman license 1980

Box 88, Folder 1487

Diamond 1982

 

11.3.5:  Real Estate, 1967, 1972-1983

Extent: Box 88, folders 1488-1497; Box 89, folders 1498-1516

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of research materials, correspondence, and sales records of Peoples Temple real estate holdings, including previous hit church next hit buildings in the U.S. and property in Guyana.
Box 88, Folder 1488-1489

Redwood Valley previous hit church next hit 1979

Box 88, Folder 1490

Road K, Redwood Valley 1978-1980

Box 88, Folder 1491-1494

San Francisco previous hit church next hit [Geary] 1972, 1978-1983

Box 88-89, Folder 1495-1505

Los Angeles properties 1975-1983

Contents

Includes appraisal reports and information on properties located at 932 Santa Barbara, 1345 Alvarado Terrace, 1435 Alvarado Terrace, 1121 W. 65th street, Westlake and Alvarado Terrace, Castaic, 860 W. 57th street.
Box 89, Folder 1506-1509

Richmond properties 1967, 1975-1983

Box 89, Folder 1510-1512

San Bernardino County properties 1975, 1978-1980

Box 89, Folder 1513

Southern California properties 1979-1980

Box 89, Folder 1514

Washington and Texas 1976, 1979-1981

Box 89, Folder 1515

Guyana 1980-1981

Box 89, Folder 1516

Appraisers 1980

 

11.3.6:  Subsidiary and Related Corporations, 1954-1982, bulk 1973-1982

Extent: Box 89, folders 1517-1526; Box 90, folders 1527-1532

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of research materials, correspondence, incorporation papers, and liquidation proceedings for Peoples Temple businesses in the U.S. and Guyana.
Box 89, Folder 1517

Apostolic Corporation 1976-1979

Box 89, Folder 1518

Truth Enterprises 1973, 1979

Box 89, Folder 1519-1524

Guyana Corporation 1974, 1979-1982

Box 89, Folder 1525

Wings of Deliverance 1955, 1973, 1977

Box 89, Folder 1526

San Francisco Action Equality 1976

Box 90, Folder 1527

Valley Enterprises 1954-1959, 1971-1973, 1978-1979

Box 90, Folder 1528

Peoples Forum, Inc. 1976-1979

Box 90, Folder 1529

Crescent Realty 1979

Box 90, Folder 1530

Asociacion Religioso Pro San Pedro 1980-1981

Box 90, Folder 1531

Peoples Temple Christian previous hit Church next hit Ltd 1978

Box 90, Folder 1532

Evangelica, Brigit 1975-1980

 

11.3.7:  Nonbank Debits, 1966-1967, 1976-1983

Extent: Box 90, folders 1533-1560

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of research materials and financial records pertaining to Peoples Temple liabilities.
Box 90, Folder 1533-1542

Notes secured by real estate 1966-1967, 1976-1982

Box 90, Folder 1543

Unsecured debts 1978-1979

Box 90, Folder 1544

Other disputed assets 1966, 1977-1979

Box 90, Folder 1545

Mayfield Insurance account 1979

Box 90, Folder 1546

State of Israel bond 1966, 1979

Box 90, Folder 1547

Potential assets: wills 1966, 1979

Box 90, Folder 1548

Crestwood Escrow Service 1979

Box 90, Folder 1549-1550

Guide Publishing Company 1979-1983

Box 90, Folder 1551

May Company stocks 1976-1980

Box 90, Folder 1552

Investments: U.S. District Court v. Peoples Temple 1980-1981

Box 90, Folder 1553-1554

Great Southwestern Fire Insurance Company 1979-1981

Box 90, Folder 1555-1558

Title Insurance and Trust Company (Grimm) 1978-1981

Box 90, Folder 1559

Western Title Insurance Company 1977-1980

Box 90, Folder 1560

Sale of trust deeds 1982-1983

 

11.4:  Peoples Temple Information, 1965, 1970-1984, undated

Extent: Box 90, folders 1561-1562; Box 91; Box 92, folder 1583

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of business and legal documents produced by the 1965 Articles of Incorporation of Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ. Also includes Peoples Temple membership lists; photocopies of members' alien registration forms necessary for entry into Guyana; the Federal Bureau of Investigation's index to documents recovered from Jonestown (folder 1567); and copies of documents specifying the duties and powers of Robert H. Fabian, including correspondence between Fabian and the Department of Justice and the FBI regarding the transfer of all Peoples Temple records to the California Historical Society.
Box 90, Folder 1561

Correspondence 1978-1982

Box 90, Folder 1562

Board of Directors 1977-1983

Box 91, Folder 1563-1565

Articles of incorporation 1965, 1970-1979

Box 91, Folder 1566-1567

Archives/document repository 1979-1983

Box 91, Folder 1568

Sandra Bradshaw v. Bank of America 1980-1981

Box 91, Folder 1569

Attorney General investigation 1980-1981

Box 91, Folder 1570

Petition for habeas corpus 1976-1977

Box 91, Folder 1571

Attempts to locate relatives 1979-1980

Box 91, Folder 1572

Lists of members undated

Box 91, Folder 1573-1582

Members' Guyana alien registrations 1977-1978

Box 92, Folder 1583

Media 1978-1984

 

11.5:  Claims, 1966-1983, undated

Extent: Box 92, folders 1584-1586b; Box 93-120

Arrangement

Further divided into nine subsubseries: 11.5.1: Claimants; 11.5.2: Intervention; 11.5.3: Experts; 11.5.4: Legal; 11.5.5: Document Production; 11.5.6: Depositions; 11.5.7: Medical Records; 11.5.8: Litigation; and 11.5.9: Payments.

Scope and Contents

Consists of court documents and legal, financial, and personal papers pertaining to claims filed against the Peoples Temple estate.
 

11.5.1:  Claimants, 1968-1983

Extent: Box 92, folders 1584-1586b; Boxes 93-102; Box 103, folders 1779-1781

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of court papers, legal documents, and research materials pertaining to survivors, relatives, businesses, and government agencies.
Box 92, Folder 1584

Instructions to receiver 1979-1980

Box 92-93, Folder 1585a-1586e

Claimant sheets undated

Box 93, Folder 1587

Analysis sheets, intervention, and adjudication undated

Box 93, Folder 1588

Responses, acceptances, and intervention 1981-1982

Box 94, Folder 1589-1600

Determination letters 1980-1981

Arrangement

Determination letters are arranged alphabetically A-Y by last name.
Box 95, Folder 1601

Index undated

Box 95, Folder 1602-1621

Class action, Adams-Cartmell 1978-1983

Box 96, Folder 1622-1641

Class action, Casanova-Gardfrey 1978-1983

Box 97, Folder 1642-1661

Class action, Gardfrey-Johnson, W. 1978-1983

Box 98, Folder 1662-1682

Class action, Johnston-Mitchell 1978-1983

Box 99, Folder 1683-1703

Class action, Mitchell-Ryan 1978-1983

Box 100, Folder 1704-1723

Class action, Ryan-Tucker [Folders 1704, 1716, and 1718 not found, 2010] 1978-1983

Box 101, Folder 1724-1734

Class action, Turner-Young 1978-1983

Box 101, Folder 1735-1738

Commissioner McCarthy hearings 1979-1982

Box 101, Folder 1739

American Express 1979-1981

Box 101, Folder 1740

Personal injury and wrongful death negotiations 1980

Box 101, Folder 1741

Correspondence 1980

Box 101, Folder 1742-1743

Goods and services claims 1978-1980

Box 101, Folder 1744

Death claims 1979

Box 101, Folder 1745

Rescission of gifts or damages 1968-1979

Box 101, Folder 1746

Master file, index, and summary sheets 1980

Box 101, Folder 1747

Psychic Foundation of Knowledge, Inc. 1979

Box 101, Folder 1748

Compromise plan 1980

Box 101, Folder 1749

National Coalition for Children's Justice 1979-1980

Box 101-102, Folder 1750-1753

Procedure drafts 1979-1980

Box 102, Folder 1754

Responses and objections for report 1972, 1977-1980

Box 102, Folder 1755-1756

Categories and servicing 1979-1982

Box 102, Folder 1757

Minor claimants' compromise 1982

Box 102, Folder 1758

Waivers of notice for predistribution 1982

Box 102, Folder 1759

Solicitations of waivers of notice 1982

Box 102, Folder 1760

Receiver's certificates 1980-1981

Box 102, Folder 1761-1773

Late claims 1979-1983

Box 102, Folder 1774-1776

Late acceptance of offers of compromise 1981

Box 102, Folder 1777

Deleted claims 1979-1980

Box 102-103, Folder 1778-1779

Claimant indices 1978-1983

Box 103, Folder 1780-1781

Claimant appendices 1979-1983

 

11.5.2:  Intervention, 1972-1982, undated

Extent: Box 103, folders 1782-1798; Boxes 104-108

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of court papers and legal documents regarding claims.
Box 103, Folder 1782-1784

Preliminary hearings 1981-1982

Box 103, Folder 1785

Preliminary statement 1976-1978, 1982

Box 103, Folder 1786

Intervention 1981

Box 103, Folder 1787

Materials 1979-1982

Box 103, Folder 1788-1789

Adjudication correspondence and procedures 1980-1982

Box 103, Folder 1790

Discovery and adjudication 1981-1982

Box 103, Folder 1791

Discovery: expert witness 1982

Contents

Includes information on two potential expert witnesses: Dr. Saul Levine and Dr. Lee. S. Coleman.
Box 103-105, Folder 1792-1820

Receiver's discovery 1976-1982, undated

General Note:
There are two folders numbered 1817; this appears to be an error in the original numbering.
Box 105, Folder 1821-1826

Receiver v. Discovery 1981-1982

Box 105, Folder 1827

Affirmative defenses 1981

Box 105, Folder 1828-1832

Documents produced by claimants [Alexander - Young] 1972-1978

Box 106-107, Folder 1833-1933

Receiver's documents copied by claimants' attorneys 1974-1978, 1982

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically from Alexander - Kay in Box 106 and Kelley - Young in Box 107.
Box 108, Folder 1934

Documents produced by receiver 1975-1982

Box 108, Folder 1935

Privileged documents 1972-1978

Box 108, Folder 1936

Compromise modification requests 1982

Box 108, Folder 1937

Settlements; projected value of receiver's certificates 1981-1982

Box 108, Folder 1938-1939

Settlement conference 1978-1983

Box 108, Folder 1940-1946

Settlement 1981-1983

Box 108, Folder 1947-1949

Late claims 1980-1982

 

11.5.3:  Experts, 1976-1982, undated

Extent: Box 109, folders 1950-1958

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of notes, articles, and transcripts of expert testimony for claims filed by those members who donated their property, savings, and income to Peoples Temple.
Box 109, Folder 1950-1952

Margaret T. Singer, Ph.D. 1982, undated

Box 109, Folder 1953-1954

Richard J. Ofshe, Ph.D. 1982

Box 109, Folder 1955

Articles on brainwashing and mind control 1979-1980, undated

Box 109, Folder 1956

Law review articles 1976-1978, undated

Box 109, Folder 1957

Lee Coleman, M.D. 1982

Box 109, Folder 1958

Receiver's experts 1979-1982

 

11.5.4:  Legal, 1972-1982

Extent: Box 109, folders 1959-1967; Box 110, folder 1968

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of legal papers, research materials, and correspondence pertaining to auxiliary legal matters.
Box 109, Folder 1959

Peoples Temple Board of Directors 1980

Box 109, Folder 1960-1961

Estate of Jim Jones 1980

Box 109, Folder 1962

Estate of Carolyn Layton 1980-1982

Box 109, Folder 1963

I.T.V. v. C.B.S 1972-1973, 1977-1981

Box 109, Folder 1964

U.S. Departments of State and Justice correspondence 1980-1981

Box 109, Folder 1965

Stay orders and litigation letters 1979

Box 109, Folder 1966

Power of receiver 1979

Box 109, Folder 1967

Dissolution 1978-1979

Box 110, Folder 1968

Research 1979-1981

 

11.5.5:  Document Production, 1966-1983

Extent: Boxes 110, folder 1969-1985; Box 111-Box 112; Box 113, folders 2026-2035

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of documents from earlier series in the collection and documents from government agencies. Contains copies of "Applications to go Abroad" questionnaires distributed by Peoples Temple to its members prior to their departure to Guyana (folders 2007-2013). The questionnaires include biographical, medical, and work experience details. Also includes transcripts of court proceedings regarding late claims, petitions to amend claims, pleadings by the receiver, and other legal transcripts.
Box 110, Folder 1969

Receiver's document repository 1982-1983

Box 110-111, Folder 1970-2003

Receiver's document production 1973-1982

Box 112, Folder 2004-2013

Receiver's document production 1966-1982

Box 112, Folder 2014-2015

Index to memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings 1979-1982

Box 112, Folder 2016-2022

Pleadings 1979

Box 112-113, Folder 2023-2030

Transcripts 1979-1982

Box 113, Folder 2031

Adjudication hearings 1979-1981

Box 113, Folder 2032

Filings 1978-1980

Box 113, Folder 2033-2034

Court orders 1979

 

11.5.6:  Depositions, 1978-1982

Extent: Box 113, folders 2035-2040; Boxes 114-115

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of depositions by claimants. Also includes statements by Peoples Temple members familiar with the organization's finances; by attorney Charles Garry; and by the receiver and his staff.
Box 113, Folder 2035

Interrogatories 1981

Box 113, Folder 2036

Teri Buford 1978-1979

Box 113, Folder 2037

Deborah Blakey 1979

Box 113, Folder 2038

Patricia Martin, Vernell Henderson, Louis A. Gage, Chuck Kirkendall 1982

Box 113, Folder 2039

Richard Clark, Diane Louie, and Julius Evans 1982

Box 113, Folder 2040

Constance M. Brown, Kevin L. Ryan, Erin M. Ryan, Patricia E. Ryan 1982

Box 114, Folder 2041

Gerald E. Parks, T. Bogue, Robert H. Fabian 1982

Box 114, Folder 2042

Benjamin Dreyfus 1982

Box 114, Folder 2043

Maxine Betts, Shirley Humphrey, Jackie Speier 1982

Box 114, Folder 2044

Monica Bagby, Dale E. Parks 1982

Box 114, Folder 2045

Charles Garry, Nicholas DeLancie 1981-1982

Box 114, Folder 2046

Vernon Gosney 1981

Box 114, Folder 2047

Hazel Armstrong, Robbie Lee Bullock 1982

Box 114, Folder 2048

Julia Callahan, Willie Clark 1982

Box 114, Folder 2049

Kay Curry 1982

Box 114, Folder 2050

Brenda Coleman, Carrie E. Duncan, Harry Ellis 1982

Box 114, Folder 2051

Catherine Fletcher, Luna Ford 1982

Box 114, Folder 2052

Clarence Ganaway, Doreen Greaves, Glenn Hennington 1982

Box 114, Folder 2053

Juanita Harrington, Cleo Ivy, Minnie Ivy 1982

Box 115, Folder 2054

Carmella Jackson, Mary Davis Jackson, Esther Johnson 1982

Box 115, Folder 2055

Mabel Johnson 1982

Box 115, Folder 2056

Della Jones, Clarence Kaigler, Gina Kay 1982

Box 115, Folder 2057

Shirley Kelley, Darlene Kopplin, Bryan Kravitz 1982

Box 115, Folder 2058

Dorothy Lewis, Lela M. Mayfield, Laura McDavid 1982

Box 115, Folder 2059

Reynold Mills, Beatrice Orsot 1982

Box 115, Folder 2060

Edna Hunter Reed 1982

Box 115, Folder 2061

Corrine Smith, Lillie Smith 1982

Box 115, Folder 2062

Mary Square, Edna Swafford 1982

Box 115, Folder 2063

Wesley Walker, Jarina Walls, Caroline Washington 1982

 

11.5.7:  Medical Records, 1978-1982

Extent: Boxes 116-117

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of medical records of claimants, including those injured in the shootings at Port Kaituma near Jonestown, Guyana.

Restricted Materials

All files in boxes 116-117 are permanently sealed and closed.
Box 116-117, Folder 2064-2085

Medical records 1978-1982

 

11.5.8:  Litigation, 1971-1983

Extent: Box 118, folders 2086-2103

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of legal papers pertaining to the settlement of the estate.
Box 118, Folder 2086-2087

Litigation index and summaries 1979

Box 118, Folder 2088-2101

Litigation 1971-1983, undated, bulk 1979-1982

Contents

Includes a list of the Concerned Relatives and copies of members' letters from Jonestown to family members in the United States.
Box 118, Folder 2102

Dismissals 1976-1977

Box 118, Folder 2103

Related litigation 1982-1983

Contents

Includes claimant list, arranged alphabetically by last name.
 

11.5.9:  Payments, 1979-1983

Extent: Box 118, folder 2104; Box 119, folders 2105-2116

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of legal and financial records related to payments issued in the settlement of the Peoples Temple estate. Includes records pertaining to claims for social security one-time lump sum death benefits.
Box 118, Folder 2104

Allowance payment procedure 1981

Box 119, Folder 2108-2109

Distributions 1982

Box 119, Folder 2105-2107

Compromise plan 1980

Box 119, Folder 2110-2116

Lump sum death payments 1979-1983

 

11.6:  Reports, 1970-1976, 1979-1983

Extent: Box 119, folders 2117-2123; Box 120; Box 121, folders 2145-2159

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of the receiver's accountings, reports, and requisitions to the San Francisco Superior Court.
Box 119, Folder 2117-2120

Accountings 1979-1983

Box 119, Folder 2121

Outstanding checks distribution 1982

Box 119, Folder 2122-2123

Reports to the court 1980

Box 120, Folder 2124-2127

Hearing and narrative reports 1972-1976, 1979-1983

Box 120, Folder 2128-2129

Receiver's windup 1970, 1978-1983

Boxes 120-121, Folder 2130-2159

Receiver's fees and expenses 1976-1983, bulk 1979-1983

Restricted Materials

The following payroll documents have been sealed permanently: Box 121, folders 2146, 2153
 

11.7:  Documents Withheld, 1969-1979

Extent: Box 121, folders 2160-2170; Box 122-124; Box 125, folder 2245

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Bulk consists of advice correspondence addressed to Jim Jones between 1971 and 1974. Most letters are from nonmembers seeking legal and personal advice. Tim Stoen and Gene Chaikin, both Peoples Temple members and practicing attorneys, replied to the letters. Much of the correspondence relates to child custody and welfare issues, court case and parole board hearings, as well as housing, drug, illness and financial problems. Tim Stoen's replies on behalf of Jim Jones urged people to attend a Peoples Temple service and receive free legal advice afterwards; for criminal offenses or cases outside of California, he referred people to local lawyers.
 

Advice Correspondence

Arrangement

Advice Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last name.

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters addressed to Jim Jones from the public between 1971 and 1974 seeking legal and personal advice. Replies were written by Tim Stoen, and occasionally Eugene Chaikin, both practicing attorneys and members of Peoples Temple. Much of the correspondence relates to child custody and welfare issues, court case and parole board hearings, housing difficulties, drug problems, illness, and financial problems. Tim Stoen's replies urged people to attend a Peoples Temple service and receive free legal advice afterwards, or, in the case of criminal offenses, included referrals to local lawyers.

Restricted Materials

The following files are permanently sealed and closed: Boxes 121-122, folders 2160-2186, Advice Correspondence. These files contain correspondence from the public at large to Peoples Temple attorneys, requesting legal assistance.
Box 121, Folder 2160-2170

Advice correspondence (A-H) 1971-1974

Box 122, Folder 2171-2186

Advice correspondence (H-Z) 1969-1974

 

Documents received from Charles Garry

Box 122, Folder 2187-2192

Documents 1969-1978

Box 123, Folder 2193

Vehicles, members' bank statements 1979

Box 123, Folder 2194

Subsidiary corporations 1972-1978

Box 124, Folder 2195-2244

Members' legal papers 1954-1978, bulk 1971-1977

Restricted Materials

The following files require review by a CHS reference librarian or archivist: Boxes 123-125, folders 2195-2244, Members' Legal Papers.
Access to legal papers is restricted to those members known to be deceased. Legal restrictions on former members' legal papers may be reevaluated if a researcher can show proof that the person is deceased or has provided proof of permission by the party named to CHS. The researcher must locate the individual and present CHS with proof of permission, either by email or written letter.
Box 125, Folder 2245

Document inventory 1976-1981

 

11.8:  Documents Produced to U.S.A, 1946-1981, bulk 1973-1978

Extent: Box 125, folder 2246-2256; Box 126-128; Box 129, folders 2306-2314

Arrangement

Arranged as received. Folder 2290 contains Claim Files: Volume 1; folder 2291 contains Claim Files: Volume 2, folder 2292 contains Claim Files: Volume 3. In these folders all claims are arranged alphabetically by claimant's last name.

Scope and Contents

Contains completed claimant files and documents created by Peoples Temple. Documents generated by Peoples Temple include invoices and detailed medical supply orders from Jonestown (folders 2270, 2273, and 2275); airline ticket receipts listing the name and travel date for members who left the U.S. for Guyana in 1977 and 1978 (folders 2255 and 2276); a press release from Jonestown in response to allegations about Peoples Temple by the group known as Concerned Relatives (folder 2254); and a progress report on the Agricultural Project in Guyana (folder 2254). Financial documents are varied and include an index of income sources listing bank accounts and income received (folder 2277) and itemized cash disbursement ledgers listing amounts paid from different Peoples Temple accounts for general expenses, including for the Agricultural Mission in Guyana (folder 2284).
Also contains a letter, dated 1975, from the Pastor of the Lutheran previous hit Church next hit in Guyana to Rev. Dr. Carl W. Segerhammar, President of the Pacific Southwest Synod, Lutheran previous hit Church in America, expressing concern and suspicion about Jim Jones and the role of Peoples Temple in Guyana (folder 2247).
Box 125-129, Folder 2246-2314

Documents produced to U.S.A. 1946-1981, bulk 1973-1978

 

11.9:  Newspaper Clippings and Media, 1978-1983

Extent: Box 138, folders 2436-2439; Box 139

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by receiver's staff into multiple volumes.

Scope and Contents

Comprehensive collection of clippings pertaining to Peoples Temple, spanning from November 20, 1978, through 1983, as well as the transcript and audio recordings of the National Public Radio production, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown.
Box 138, Folder 2436

Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, National Public Radio production 1981

Box 138, Folder 2437

San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner 1978 November 20-23

Box 138, Folder 2438

1977-1978, bulk 1978 November-December

Box 138, Folder 2439

1979 January 1-February 28

Box 139, Folder 2440

1979 March 1-October 31

Box 139, Folder 2441

1979 November 1-1980 February 28

Box 139, Folder 2442

1980 March 1-1981 July 31

Box 139, Folder 2443

1981 August 8-1983 January 5

Box 139, Folder 2444

1983 January-March

Box 139, Folder 2445-2446

1978-1981

 

Series 12:  United States v. Peoples Temple, 1943, 1974, 1977-1982

Extent: Box 129, folders 2315-2321; Box 130-137; Box 138 folders 2431-2435

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries: 12.1: Financial Records and Receipts; and 12.2: Depositions and Exhibits.

Scope and Contents

Consists of photocopies of documents produced by U.S. government agencies and staff as evidence in the lawsuit United States v. Peoples Temple. Also includes financial documents, court papers and transcripts of depositions, and lists of social security checks sent from the U.S. to recipients in Jonestown, Guyana.
This series also contains the FBI transcripts of the recording made in Jonestown, known as the "Last Hour" or "Death Tape" (folder 2406).
 

12:1  Financial Records and Receipts, 1943-1982, bulk 1977-1982

Extent: Box 129, folders 2315-2321; Box 130; Box 131, folders 2346-2366

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of photocopies of documents from various U.S. government agencies provided to the receiver as part of the U.S. Government's claim against Peoples Temple for reimbursements related to the transportation and burial of the dead from Guyana to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Included in this material are records of costs incurred between November 20 and December 23, 1978, during "Operation Guyana" (folders 2362-2366). Detailed costs of the operation are broken down by category, such as airlifts, mortuary operations, food purchases, supplies, clothing, and the transportation of bodies.
Box 129, Folder 2315-2321

Department of State - Georgetown cables 1978

Box 130, Folder 2322-2332

Discovery 1977-1981

Box 130, Folder 2333

Domestic bank accounts 1978-1981

Box 130, Folder 2334-2340

Check collection 1978-1982

Box 130-131, Folder 2341-2356

Social security checks 1978-1982

Contents

Includes social security checks from the U.S. to Jonestown residents in Guyana.
Note:
There is no folder 2352, apparently a result of misnumbering. No folder appears to be missing.
Box 131, Folder 2357-2360

Deposited checks 1943, 1977-1982

Box 131, Folder 2361

Government obligations between 1978-1982

Box 131, Folder 2362-2366

Vouchers 1978-1980

 

12.2:  Depositions and Exhibits, 1974-1982

Extent: Box 131, folder 2367; Box 132; Box 133-137; Box 138, folders 2433-2435

Arrangement

Further divided into two subseries: 12.2.1: Depositions; and 12.2.2: Exhibits.

Scope and Contents

Consists of transcripts of depositions and related exhibits and reports pertaining to the U.S. government's claim.
 

12.2.1:  Depositions, 1980-1981

Extent: Box 131, folder 2367; Box 132; Box 133, folders 2385-2386

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Consists of transcripts of depositions. Includes depositions by the receiver, Robert H. Fabian, Peoples Temple member Teri Buford, and Department of State officials, as well as other government representatives.
Box 131, Folder 2367

Ambassador John H. Crimmins 1981

Box 132, Folder 2368

Ambassador Barbara M. Watson 1981

Box 132, Folder 2369

Teri Buford 1981

Box 132, Folder 2370-2371

Ambassador John Burke 1981

Box 132, Folder 2372

John Bushnell 1981

Box 132, Folder 2373

Alexander Shakow 1981

Box 132, Folder 2374

Edward B. Straight 1981

Box 132, Folder 2375

Robert H. Fabian 1981

Box 132, Folder 2376

Governor John Gilligan 1980

Box 132, Folder 2377

Emerson L. Chance 1981

Box 132, Folder 2378-2379

Raymond N. Konan 1981

Box 132, Folder 2380-2383

Richard A. McCoy 1981

Box 132, Folder 2384

Richard A. Dwyer, volume 1 1981

Box 133, Folder 2385-2386

Richard A. Dwyer, volumes 2-3 1981

 

12.2.2:  Exhibits, 1974-1982

Extent: Box 133, folders 2387-2398; Box 134-137; Box 138, folders 2433-2435

Arrangement

Arranged as received; documents are arranged by exhibit and volume number.

Scope and Contents

Comprised of documents produced by the U.S. government in response to the receiver's request for evidence in the case United States v. Peoples Temple. Also includes court documents filed between Peoples Temple and the Attorney General of Califonia to start the process of dissolving Peoples Temple as a Californian corporation.
The United States v. Peoples Temple documents are arranged by exhibit and volume number and consist of three main types. Financial records include invoices, receipts, and records of costs incurred in the retrieval, transportation, and burial of those who died in Guyana. Legal records consist of court documents from Guyana and the United States, including a report on the performance of the Department of State and the American embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, in the case of Peoples Temple (folder 2387) as well as transcripts of statements by survivors pertaining to the events of November 18, 1978, and an FBI transcript of the "Last Hour" tape. Correspondence includes memos, telegrams, and letters between different government departments, the American embassy in Guyana, the Guyanese government, lawyers, and the Army corps responsible for the transportation of the bodies. Also includes correspondence from the general public to elected officials responding to announcements that the U.S. government would fund the retrieval and return of the bodies to the United States, and redacted copies of memos and telegrams released by the Department of State to the receiver (folder 2417).
Included in this series is an index listing fingerprint and thumbprint identification of the bodies, as well as pathology reports from Guyana with the results of toxicology examinations on some of the bodies.
Box 133, Folder 2387-2388

Exhibits 1978-1981

Box 133, Folder 2389-2392, 2394

Exhibits to Emerson Chance 1978-1980

Box 133, Folder 2393

Exhibits to Chance and Konan 1978-1979

Box 133, Folder 2395

Exhibits to Raymond W. Konan 1975-1979

Box 133, Folder 2396

Intervention 1979-1980

Box 133, Folder 2397

Adjudication hearings 1981

Box 133, Folder 2398

Settlement 1980-1981

 

Documents produced in response to receiver's exhibits, 1-25

Box 134, Folder 2399-2408

Documents received in response to receiver's exhibits 1-22.1 1974-1980

Box 135, Folder 2409-2414

Documents produced in response to receiver's exhibits 22.2-23.2 1977-1981

Box 136, Folder 2415-2423

Documents produced in response to receiver's exhibits 23.3-25.3 1974, 1977-1980

Box 137, Folder 2424-2429

Documents produced in response to receiver's exhibits 25.4-25.9 1974-1979, undated

Box 137, Folder 2430

Guyana corporation 1979-1980

Box 137, Folder 2431

The Performance of the Department of State and the American Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana in the People's Temple Case [Crimmons-Carpenter Report] 1978-1982

Box 137, Folder 2432

The Assassination of Representative Leo J. Ryan and the Jonestown, Guyana Tragedy [Zablocki Report] 1979

Box 138, Folder 2433

Interview transcript of Charles Garry by U.S. House of Representatives 1979 January 17

Box 138, Folder 2434

Newspaper clippings: U.S.A. v. Larry Layton 1981

Box 138, Folder 2435

U.S.A. v. Larry Layton trial notes 1981