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Collection Description

The Jones Family Memorabilia Collection contains nearly 600 photographs, illustrations, documents, and letters. Most of the available items are photographs, taken from the mid-1960s to as recently as 2002, with the bulk of the images depicting life within Peoples Temple during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

There is a large number of photographs showing Jim Jones preaching, as well as several photographs of him with his wife, Marceline Jones, and several of him with his adopted children (mainly his sons). The majority of the photographs were taken in California at any of a number of Peoples Temple locations, including the Redwood Valley Peoples Temple Christian Church and Youth Center, Peoples Temple Los Angeles, and Benjamin Franklin Junior High School in San Francisco, which seated over 1000 people, and at which the church held services in the early 1970s. Additionally, there are many photographs from Peoples Temple bus trips, including the cross-country "Caravan of Hope" tour in summer 1974. Non-photographic items in the collection include but are not limited to Stephan Jones's childhood drawings, grade school report cards, and elementary school assignments, as well as two letters addressed to Stephan Jones: one from his mother, Marceline Jones, and one from his paternal grandmother, Lynetta Putnam Jones.

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"He's Able" Peoples Temple Choir album cover
A print of the album cover for the 1973 Peoples Temple Choir album, titled "HE'S ABLE." The album art features dozens of unidentified choir members standing alongside a pond or reflecting pool., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, Riley: info on the album: https://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=30925 seen 7/2018
"Obsequies of Prince Albert Hill" funeral program, 1985
This is the funeral program for Prince Albert Hill, a retired marine and "a member and Past Master of Acacia Lodge #7." Mark Nathan Cordell, one of the Jonestown survivors, is listed as a pallbearer, and was apparently married to Hill's daughter, Diana (Hill) Cordell. The third page of the program features a poem, and the last a note from the family, with the masonic symbol near the top of the page., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute
A baptism in Redwood Valley
James Warren "Jim Jones, wearing a blue robe and dark glasses, stands in the indoor swimming pool at the Peoples Temple location in Redwood Valley. In front of him, a person is submerged backwards for a baptism with the help of Mary Love Black who wears a white head wrap, and a man. Several people stand in the pool with Jones, including Harry Williams in a yellow shirt to the left of Jones, and Timothy Glen "Tim" Tupper Jones, behind him to the right. Thelma Jackson, in a flower dress, watches from the edge of the pool with many unidentified people. "28-10" is written on the front and back of the photograph. This photograph is in folder "Loose photographs of Peoples Temple Activities" in the Jones Family Memorabilia Collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "Temple Activities" ID by Rebecca Moore 10/2019 Identified by Don Beck (former PT member) 12/2019
A baptism in Redwood Valley
James Warren "Jim" Jones, wearing a blue robe, stands in the indoor swimming pool at the Redwood Valley Peoples Temple location. James Warren "Jimmy" Jones, junior, stands in the water to his left. In the center of the photograph, Timothy Glen "Tim" Tupper Jones, in a white shirt, raises his hand. Next to him, a woman is baptized by full submersion by three other people in the pool, including Mary Love Black, the woman in the middle of the trio in a white turban. Thelma Jackson, in the left of the photograph in a flower dress, observes from the edge of the pool along with many unidentified people. "28-11" is written on the front and back of the photograph. A similar scene is captured in MS0516-2019-287. This photograph is in folder "Loose photographs of People and Church Activities" in the Jones Family Memorabilia Collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "People and church activities" Hayley: location MS0183-57-2 and ID by Rebecca Moore 10/2019 Identified by Don Beck (former PT member) 12/2019
A boat transporting supplies up the Kaituma river
A ferry transports a truck and crates of supplies up the Kaituma river toward Port Kaituma or Mabaruma. Signs on the wooden crate in the foreground say "Papaya Saw Mills." This photograph is in folder "Loose photographs of Peoples Temple Agricultural Project (Jonestown)-2" in the Jones Family Memorabilia Collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "Photographs of Jonestown (2 of 2)" Identified by Rebecca Moore 10/2019
A bus drives along a coast at sunset
A bus drives along a highway at dusk towards a sunset through the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Temple's fleet of 11 Greyhound-type buses was used for trips within California such as one to Disneyland in 1975, back and forth from Redwood Valley to Los Angeles, and for a "Caravan of Hope" in 1974, described in a flyer and press releases. This photograph is from the "Healings" album in the Peoples Temple Collection. Written on the inside front cover are the names Royal Mershon and Lula Mae Mershon. The numbers 133-16 are written on the back of the photograph., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones, bus trips: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=18336, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/photo-gallery/jonestown/, http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/02-news-disneyland%2076.pdf; description of fleet http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=18336 seen 11/24/2014
A bus driving along a highway
A bus drives along a highway at dusk towards a sunset through the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Temple's fleet of 11 Greyhound-type buses was used for trips within California such as one to Disneyland in 1975, back and forth from Redwood Valley to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and for a "Caravan of Hope" in 1974, all described in a flyer and press releases. This photograph is from the "Healings" album in the Peoples Temple Collection. Written on the inside front cover are the names Royal Mershon and Lula Mae Mershon., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones, bus trips: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=18336, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/photo-gallery/jonestown/, http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/02-news-disneyland%2076.pdf; description of fleet http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=18336 seen 11/24/2014
A busy ferry in Guyana, 1974
Men lean on the railing on the second deck of a ferry going to the northwest region of Guyana. Below them, a man stands next to a parked car. Off the boat more people stand around. The sign on the building reads "MORAWHANNA" which is a village on the Barima river. This photo was most likely taken during the Peoples Temple Planning Commissions first trip to Guyana to see how Jonestown was developing. This photograph is in folder "Loose photographs of Peoples Temple Agricultural Project (Jonestown)" in the Jones Family Memorabilia Collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "Jonestown" Hayley: https://www.flickr.com/photos/peoplestemple/4729652114/in/album-72157624220538275/ (11/4/2019)
A busy ferry in Guyana, 1974
A couple of unidentified children lean over the railing of a balcony on the ferry going to the northwest region of Guyana. Below them, a man stands beside his car and someone carries a bundle of palm fronds. Other adults and kids mull around nearby. This photo was most likely taken during the Peoples Temple Planning Commissions first trip to Guyana to see how Jonestown was developing. This photograph has been color corrected for a pink discoloration. This photograph is in folder "Loose photographs of Peoples Temple Agricultural Project (Jonestown)" in the Jones Family Memorabilia Collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "Jonestown" Hayley: https://www.flickr.com/photos/peoplestemple/4729652114/in/album-72157624220538275/ (11/4/2019)
A dirt road through the jungle near Jonestown
A dirt road leads through the jungle with tire tracks in the mud. A vehicle sits further down the road in the middle ground. This photograph is part of an untitled album in the Jones Family collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "Photograph Album"
A ferry loaded with supplies
Boxes and crates, some covered by a tarp, fill the deck of a ferry heading toward Mabaruma or Port Kaituma. This photograph is in folder "Loose photographs of Peoples Temple Agricultural Project (Jonestown)-2" in the Jones Family Memorabilia Collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "Photographs of Jonestown (2 of 2)" Identified by Don Beck 12/2019
A field in Jonestown
A field in Jonestown with an open-sided shed in the background. This photograph is part of an untitled album in the Jones Family collection., James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute, In folder "Photograph Album"

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