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.
- Lynetta Jones, Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
- The Ukiah Collection
- The Nouvelle Observatoire Interview with Jim Jones (1977)
- Marceline Jones, Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
- Jim Jones’ Autobiographical Statements