Records mainly consist of photographs created or collected by Peoples Temple members in order to support the Temple's public
relations efforts, including the publication of the
Peoples Forum newspaper. The collection includes approximately 53,500 black-and-white 35mm negative images; 3,500 color slides; 30,000
individual contact prints; and hundreds of photographic prints, representing over 56,000 unique images of Peoples Temple.
Images extensively document Peoples Temple's activism, particularly during the critical years of 1976 to 1978. The collection
contains a wealth of imagery depicting the demonstrations, rallies, and events organized by Peoples Temple in support of prominent
public officials, activists, and organizations in California, as well as images of Jonestown, Guyana. In addition to photographs,
the collections includes 43 film and video recordings of Peoples Temple in California and Guyana; 49 audio recordings of sermons
and interviews given by Jim Jones; and publications, ephemera, and manuscript material, including the "Conspiracy Book," compiled
by the Publications Department to document alleged media and government conspiracies against Peoples Temple, and mailers illustrating
Peoples Temple's religious outreach to the African American community.
The Peoples Temple Publications Department was responsible for publicizing the Temple's activities, publishing the Peoples Forum newspaper (which was distributed by members on the street), releasing newsletters and calls for donations, keeping up contact
with members and visitors, and maintaining a large photographic library.
28.25 linear feet
(29 o-ring preservation box albums, 9 legal document boxes, four albums with slipcases, 2 record storage cartons, 1 oversize
flat print box Q, 1 shallow lid cabinet card box, 1 flip top cabinet card box, 1 oversize print box B, 1 oversize legal document
box, 1 large capacity CD box)
The California Historical Society (CHS) is the lawful owner of Peoples Temple documents and photographs, by orders of the
California Superior Court and of the Guyana High Court. CHS is unaware of any other copyrights or other rights associated
with this material. Reproduction or publication of materials in this collection beyond that allowed by fair use requires the
written permission of CHS. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some materials in this collection are restricted to protect the privacy of living people. Medically sensitive materials have
been restricted for 75 years after their last possible date of creation; others have been restricted for the lifetimes of