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Finding aid to Peoples Temple miscellany, 1951-2013, MS 4126
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Box 1, Folders 1-12, Boxes 3-4, Box 11

Series 1:  Members' and families' papers 1951-2011

Box 1, Folder 1

Marceline Jones' correspondence to Joy Scala and other papers 1975-2006

Scope and Contents

Collection of letters from Marceline Jones to Joy Scala, an adoption placement worker for the Marion County adoption system in Indiana. Also includes clippings collected by Scala about Peoples Temple and Jonestown.
Box 1, Folder 2

Peoples Temple children's stories

Scope and Contents

Stories and drawings produced by the children of Peoples Temple members.
Box 1, Folder 3, Box 11

Grunnet family papers 1978

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence and artwork by Pat Grunnet.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies of Pat Grunnet's correspondence to her brother Bob are in pdf format on compact disc in box 11 of the collection.
Box 11

Patti Chastain Haag art images from Speed of Light exhibition

Extent: 1 compact disc

Scope and Contents

Art images produced by Patti Chastain Haag for her exhibition Speed of Light.
Box 1, Folder 4

Chuck Kirkendoll papers 1979

Box 1, Folder 5

William Sheldon Oliver and Tanya Rena Cox Garcia marriage license, Guyana 1977

Box 1, Folders 6-9

Sines family papers 1972-2011 (bulk, 1972-1979)

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence from Nancy and Ron Sines, Peoples Temple members living in Jonestown, to their parents Barbara and Paul Sines. Also includes letters to Barbara and Paul Sines from the U.S. Embassy in Guyana, and newspaper clippings concerning Peoples Temple and Jonestown.
Boxes 3-4

Jim Jones papers 1951-1968

Scope and Contents

Consists of two scrapbooks, containing mostly newspaper clippings collected by Jones; Jones' personal papers and some correspondence; his California teaching credential; and a copy of his academic record from Indiana University.
Box 1, Folder 10

Laura Johnston [Kohl] papers 1977-1979

Scope and Contents

Includes letters to Laura Johnston from Deborah Touchette and the United States Department of State; letters from the United States Embassy in Guyana to Mrs. Virginia Reid, Laura Johnston's mother; and a memorial flyer for Barbara Faye Hoyer, a Peoples Temple member who died in Jonestown on November 18, 1978.
Box 1, Folder 11

Lewis family papers 1981-2010

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, notes, and an unpublished student paper by Chris Lewis, Jr.
Box 1, Folder 12

Grace Stoen notary public certificate 1975

Box 2, Folders 1-6, Box 5

Series 2:  Miscellaneous records and papers 1956-2005

Box 2, Folder 9

Slain in the Spirit theatrical production papers 1995

Box 5

Petition to Leo Ryan from Peoples Temple members protesting his visit to Jonestown 1978

Location : Petition is oversized and is located in the handmade wooden trunk (box 9).
Box 2, Folder 1

Supply orders from Jonestown 1978

Box 2, Folder 2

State of California Franchise Tax Board correspondence 1978

Box 2, Folder 3

Lionel Luckhoo correspondence with Charles Garry 1977

Scope and Contents

Personal letter from Lionel Luckhoo of Luckhoo & Luckhoo Legal Practitioners, the Guyana-based law firm retained by Jim Jones to represent Peoples Temple interests in Guyana, to Charles Garry, the U.S.-based lawyer for Peoples Temples. The letter discusses Luckhoo's work and writings and Charles Garry's biography. Contains a reference to their "mutual client".
Box 2, Folder 4

Bible study papers 1956-1957, 2005

Scope and Contents

Consists of teaching notes and lesson plans for Bible study classes taught by Harold Cordell at a Bible college created by Peoples Temple. Also includes a flyer, The Open Door, produced by Peoples Temple, promoting their services and radio broadcasts. The April 1956, vol. 1, no. 4, issue lists William Branham as a special speaker.
Box 2, Folder 5

Opportunity High School papers 1976-1977, 2005

Scope and Contents

Consists of student writings from In Small Dreams, a publication of the creative writing class of Opportunity High School in San Francisco, December 13, 1976.
Box 2, Folder 6

Guyana Council of Churches papers 1978

Box 11

Series 3:  FBI releases

Box 11

Freedom of Information Act releases

Scope and Contents

Series of three compact discs received from the FBI. The contents are part of the FBI's investigation into the assassination of Leo Ryan.
Box 2, Folders 7-8, 17, Box 15, Folder 4

Series 4:  Jonestown memorials 1981-1994

Box 2, Folder 7

Jonestown Memorial Wall, Oakland 1993

Box 2, Folder 8

Laura Baird: Jonestown Carpet and Jonestown Dead installations 1981-1994

Box 2, Folder 17

The Mary Pearl Willis Foundation 2008

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers about Speaking Their Names, a memorial to those who died in Jonestown on November 18, 1978. Organized by Lela Howard, founder and president of the Mary Pearl Willis Foundation, the memorial included a congressional reading of the names of the dead, as well as other events that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the deaths in Guyana.
Box 15, Folder 4

Jonestown Memorial programs 2011

Box 2, Folder 10, Boxes 10-11, Box 14

Series 5:  Television, film, and audio recordings 1973-2008

Box 10

He's Able, by the Peoples Temple choir 1973

Extent: 1 phonograph record
Box 11

He's Able, by the Peoples Temple choir 1973

Extent: 1 compact disc
Box 2, Folder 10

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple papers 2006

Box 11

Purple Haze, television documentary directed by Mary Anne Alton 2001

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 11

Outside the Lines - Jonestown: The Game of Their Lives, television segment from ESPN 2007

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 11

Most Evil: Cult Followers, television documentary by Optomen Productions, season 2, episode 5, 2007

Extent: 1 DVD
Box 11

Witness to Jonestown, television documentary by MSNBC 2008

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 11

Escape from Jonestown, television documentary by CNN 2008

Extent: 2 compact discs
Box 14

Jim Jones and Peoples Temple documentaries, undated

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

NBC raw footage and The Onliest One Alive undated

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Purple Haze and The Tragedy of Jonestown, television documentaries 1998

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Jonestown: Mystery of a Massacre, television documentary by A&E 1998

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Guyana: Cult of the Damned, movie 1979

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Jim Jones: Journey into Madness, television documentary by A&E for the Biography channel 1996

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Jimmy Carter press conference 30 November 1978

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Children of Jonestown undated

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Jonestown: Time and Again, NBC news coverage of Jonestown undated

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

The Sensational 70s: 1978, television documentary 1980

Extent: 1 video tape
Box 14

Guyana Tragedy: The Jim Jones Story, television movie directed by William A. Graham 1980

Extent: 2 video tapes
Box 2, Folders 11-13, Boxes 6-9, 12-13, 16-17

Series 6:  Realia 1973-2005

Box 6

Brooch and necklace made in Jonestown; Fla-Vor-Aid packet circa 1973-1978

Box 2, Folder 11

Cottage industries sign circa 1973-1978

Box 7

Annointed candle 1973

Box 2, Folder 12

Annointed candle flyer and description 1973, 2005

Box 8

Choir robe worn by Jim Jones undated

Box 9

Handmade wooden trunk circa 1973-1978

Box 12

Laurence Schacht medical clinic sign circa 1973-1978

Acquisition Information

Gift of Derek A. Braithwaite: "In memory of the children whose cheerful spirits, joy and laughter were abruptly stilled at Jonestown on November 18, 1978."
Box 2, Folder 13

Laurence Schacht medical clinic sign documentation 20 November 2008

Scope and Contents

Consists of a letter written by Laurence Schacht to the California Historical Society detailing the circumstances surrounding the removal of the medical clinic sign from Jonestown.
Boxes 13, 16-17

Wooden toys made in Jonestown circa 1973-1978

Box 2, Folder 16

Series 7:  Ephemera 1988

Scope and Contents

The materials in this series include ephemera about Peoples Temple. For ephemera produced by Peoples Temple, see Peoples Temple Ephemera and Publications, MS 4124.
Box 2, Folder 16

Cult of Death set of trading cards from Carnage Press 1988

Box 15, Folders 1-3, Box 2, Folders 14-15

Series 8:  Publications 1978-2013

Scope and Contents

The materials in this series include publications about Peoples Temple. For publications created by Peoples Temple, see Peoples Temple Ephemera and Publications, MS 4124.
Box 2, Folder 14

Magazine and journal articles 1979-2005

Box 2, Folder 15

"Songs Primarily in the Key of Life" by Brian Kevin, Colorado Review, Vol. 37.2, Summer, 2010

Box 15, Folder 1

Jonestown Report 2006-2013

Scope and Contents

An annual publication edited by Fielding M. McGehee III and Rikke Wettendorff that provides primary souce information and updates on ongoing research about Peoples Temple.
Box 15, Folder 2

DisciplesWorld November 2008

Scope and Contents

November 2008 issue (volume 7, issue 9) of DisciplesWorld, a journal produced by the Christian organization, Disciples of Christ. This issue, dedicated to reports and stories on Peoples Temple, was published on the 30th anniversary of the deaths in Jonestown and Guyana.
Box 15, Folder 3

"Fade to White" by Scott Saul, BookForum, Vol. 12, Issue 3 October-November, 2005

Scope and Contents

Article on Jonestown by Scott Saul in the October/November issue of BookForum, Vol. 12, Issue 3, a publication by Artforum International.