Miscellaneous Documents on Jonestown Website Relating to Temple/Guyana Relationship

Untranscribed Tape 705 – Jim Jones holds healing service at Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown (December 1973) at http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/nas/streaming/dept/scuastaf/collections/peoplestemple/MP3/Q705%20(Side%20A).mp3 and http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/nas/streaming/dept/scuastaf/collections/peoplestemple/MP3/Q705%20(Side%20B).mp3

In order for Peoples Temple to establish an agricultural mission in Guyana, it had to incorporate itself within the South American country, so that it could enter into legal contracts – to open bank accounts, to buy and lease property and equipment, to hire Guyanese workers for some of the initial construction in Jonestown – and give substance to the plans the organization had made with Guyana’s political leaders. Available at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=13132

On 25 February 1976, the Guyana Commissioner of Lands and Surveys, and Paula Adams of Peoples Temple, signed a land lease granting the use of 3852 acres in the Northwest Region of Guyana to the Temple’s agricultural community.  Available at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=13131

Tape 988 (Transcript at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=27639): In a recording from December 1977, Jim Jones talks about Cuba or the Soviet Union as an alternative to Guyana or whether they should all die. The conversation includes Jones’ reported affirmations by Guyana officials.

In a memo entitled “To Whom It May Concern” written about the same time, Carolyn Layton outlines how far the Jonestown community was prepared to go to in preventing its residents from being forced back to the United States against “the collective will,” and how it depends upon the Guyana government for support. Available at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=13075.

Paula Adams, the Temple’s most constant presence in Georgetown, had a longtime relationship with Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States, Laurence “Bonny” Mann that survived the deaths in Jonestown. She recorded many of her conversations with the ambassador, conversations which included many references to a cross-section of Guyana officialdom and Temple leadership. Adams’ notes are available at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=13067. Other notes are at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/BB-1.pdf.

Hundreds of pages of the Temple’s notes on meetings with Guyana’s officials are at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/D-1-A-1.pdf, http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/D-2.pdf and http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/D-3-A.pdf.

The site’s page of Primary Source documents relating to the Temple’s years in Guyana are at http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=13225.

Any document on the site concerning issues raised in this talk may be accessed through the site’s search engine, the bubble in the upper right hand corner of every page. As with any search engine, the greater the specificity of key words, the more targeted – and narrower – the search.

Originally posted on September 19th, 2017.

Last modified on October 20th, 2017.
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