The collection consists of letters, journals, typescripts, government documents and microfiche, research materials, and ephemera
related to the Moore family's investigations into the deaths in Guyana on November 18, 1978, which included three family members
and California Congressman Leo J. Ryan. The family correspondence includes letters written from Jonestown by Carolyn Moore
Layton and Ann Moore that describe daily life in the agricultural community in Guyana, their relationships with Jim Jones,
and their growing concern about negative reports in the U.S. media. The collection also contains correspondence with other
members of Peoples Temple, including Larry Layton, husband of Carolyn Moore from 1967-1969, and former Temple spokesperson
Michael Prokes. Research materials contain information about the Peoples Temple organization, history, supporters and detractors,
including the Concerned Relatives and Citizens Committee, and newspaper articles on the Peoples Temple and Jonestown. A substantial
portion of the collection consists of documents released by U.S. government agencies in response to numerous Freedom of Information
Act requests and two lawsuits filed by the Moores along with the reports of private investigator John Hanrahan hired by the
Moores to interview government officials. The collection includes the Moores' published materials and interviews by the media.
The members of the Moore family are Carolyn, Rebecca, and Ann; their parents, John and Barbara; Carolyn's son, Kimo, and Rebecca's
husband, Fielding McGehee III. On November 18, 1978, Carolyn, Kimo, and Ann died in the Peoples Temple's murder-suicide ritual
in Jonestown, Guyana.
14.5 linear ft.
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Collection is open for research.