Histories of Peoples Temple, Biographies of Jim Jones

During Peoples Temple’s last year of existence in Jonestown, Temple chronicler Richard Tropp apparently started recording tapes and collecting papers that would assist him in putting together a biography of Jim Jones and a history of the Temple movement. The efforts never came to fruition: he was able to collect only individual fragments, random recollections, unorganized and stream-of-consciousness interviews before the arrival of Leo Ryan in mid-November 1978.

But Tropp’s project was not the first effort to assemble a written legacy of what the Temple was about and how Jones led the movement. Scattered throughout the history of the Temple – beginning as early as its days in Indianapolis – are documents by church leaders, members and Jones himself.

  1. Lynetta Jones, Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
    1. The Writings of Lynetta Jones
    2. The Lynetta Jones Interviews
  2. The Ukiah Collection
    1. A History by Rheaviana Beam (RYMUR 89-4286-HH-6-A-22)
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    2. A History by Maurice Kleineibst (RYMUR 89-4286-HH-6-A-39)
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    3. A History by Esther Mueller (RYMUR 89-4286-HH-6-A-38)
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    4. Untitled statement by Carol Stahl (RYMUR 89-4286-FF-1-96, pp. a-c)
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  3. The Nouvelle Observateur Interview with Jim Jones (1977)
  4. Marceline Jones, Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
    1. A joint statement with Lynetta Jones, 1975 (RYMUR 89-4286-HH-6-A, pp. 17-21)

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    2. Undated recollection (RYMUR 89-4286-FF-1-95, pp. a-f)
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    3. Interview with Marceline Jones (RYMUR 89-4286-BB-18-Z, pp. 62-68)
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  5. Jim Jones’ Autobiographical Statements
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