of the information about Jonestown and Peoples Temple on this website
is primary source material, gathered from records of the Temple itself
and government investigations before and after the deaths of 18 November
materials released by the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act in
2000 include almost 50,000 pages of documents on three CDs from the
agencys investigation. While the files are all numbered, they
were only tentatively organized, and there is no comprehensive index.
Most of these materials were gathered hurriedly with no clear goal beyond
chronicling what had happened on November 18, 1978, finding who had
killed Ryan and preventing any further bloodshed. Now, a closer examination
reveals more information that records much of what was happening in
daily life there.
section presents original research that has come out of the primary
source documents and the FBIs records. Some sections are still
in preparation. For the most part, this section will include compilations
and analyses which will help researchers in seeing a more complete picture
of the Temple as an organization and Jonestown as a community. The purpose
of such research is to give both a context and a coherence to other
records found on the site.
are open to suggestions for future research projects. We welcome feedback,
corrections, questions and observations from all.
includes a map showing Jonestowns location in Guyana and nearby
towns; a composite map of the central parts of Jonestown based on a
map drawn in 1977 and input from survivors statements; a preliminary
plan for the cluster of the 48 cottages; and some hand-drawn maps of
the central section.
is an article that summarizes various statistics about age, race, occupation,
and more in tables, graphs and maps about Temple members.
is a list of Temple members arranged by the address associated with
their passport application. This could give some insights into some
members communal residences stateside in Redwood Valley-Ukiah;
San Francisco-Bay Area and other towns in California.
completed, this section will list events and activities relating to
the Temple sorted by date.
of members are being assembled to present searchable tables and lists
on individual members entry into Guyana; a Master Jonestown census
(approx. June 1978); peoples residences; married couples; family
groups; children born in Jonestown; social security information; planning
commission members; and Jonestowns security structure.
Opposition (in preparation)
will list the members of Concerned Relatives and other family members
in the US who were thought to be hostile to the Temple.
Organization (in preparation)
section will document how Jonestown ran: jobs, activities, support.
This gives a better idea of the variety and extent of activities to
build and support the daily needs of a community of a thousand persons.
It includes the structure of activities and peoples jobs, letting
the reader see who worked where and what specific activities each person
had chosen or were assigned to.
& Aliases (in preparation)
persons were known by several names. This section lists names and aka
(also-known-as) names to help readers locate members who were in Guyana.
member Edith Roller kept a daily journal of her experiences that included
her temple activities. Though some were typed, most of her recovered
journals were handwritten noteswaiting her transcription to a
final typed form. The 1978 journals have been transcribed from her notes
and are presented here: January to June and AugustJuly and September
to November are missing. Support materials include: a printable map
of Jonestown; a searchable index to people mentioned by dates; menus
of daily meals that she listed; waking and sleeping times. Her descriptions
and observations of life in general as well as white nights
specifically, give insights otherwise not available.
(Don Beck is a former member of Peoples Temple, and a frequent contributor
to the jonestown report.
other two articles in this years jonestown report are Murder
or Suicide: Coercion or Choice
and Restoring Dignity.
He may be reached at email@example.com.)